It's the hard hitting early 70's where sex sells, music is god, women are shouting out, change is constant, and a good time is what counts.
Betty Davis was right in the middle of it.
A young woman who embodied this change purely because her raw spirit lived by it. Raunchy, sassy, and screeching like a cat on heat. A musician, songwriter, singer and producer in her own right. The celebrity's celebrity. The folk she be down with read like a who’s who of the 70’s music scene from Jazz to Rock to Funk and Soul. Briefly married to jazz legend Miles Davis introducing him to her good friend Jimi Hendrix, recording with Sly, Santana, The Pointer Sisters, writing hit songs for the Chambers Brothers, not to mention dating Eric Clapton, Betty was the connection THEY all wanted, the NEW they all dared to be. But Betty's natural dynamism and musical daring were too much for the so called liberated 70's with the public deeming her too edgy, the black community denouncing her bad girl image, and the music industry dropping her cold. From the North Carolinian girl-next-door to the patron saint of bad-ass on stage Betty was a force even the 70's could not fully embrace. This influential spirit was to remain largely unknown in American music culture.
"My music is physical and it's about SEX.
In the Sixties everyone was into dope and stayin high.
Now it's sex. Man and woman. My lyrics go right to it.
I don't beat about the bush, it's hip to eat pussy these days"
THEY SAY SHE'S DIFFERENT is Immersive Theatre of the highest order! Be prepared to be thrust into the early 70's in a 60 minute cinematic, theatrical and musical journey about Betty's life. Premiering in 2014 in Melbourne at iconic music venue Ding Dong Lounge, and rocking out the Space Theatre for the 2014 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Gasworks Theatre, Melbourne for the 2015 Melbourne Fringe this show compels audiences to leap out of their seats to boogie! Driven by the music of Betty Davis this show is a snapshot of her pivotal early years giving us a glimpse into the heady world of music, women's liberation, and a changing society as we re-imagine what a Betty Davis gig might have been like.
She sang about kinship and its loss, of choices, mistakes, and death. She sang about her power as a woman and being heard, and about having a good time despite it all!
It will be edgy. It will be gritty. It will be loud and dirty.
It will be fun and funky. This is the sound of music changing.
Git in there!
Uplift your soul to the music of Betty Davis