Ian Harman is embracing his alter-ego in The Lola Show in a performance that defies definition.
Creator and performer Harman says it is a little bit cabaret, a little bit burlesque and a lot about relationships, love and laughter.
"The audience will relate, if you have ever had a failed relationship if you are single or dating, whatever.
"The show is about laughing about the ups and downs like you would sitting down with your best mates. A good night out of light entertainment where we can laugh at ourselves," he said.
Harman created Lola in 2007 and has lived with the evolving character ever since. He said people had commented that they could watch a whole show of Lola and with an opportunity arising with Palmerston North's Globe Theatre Festival, The Lola Show was born.
"I love being Lola on stage, I have freedom with Lola. With both masculine and feminine qualities, Lola can go in any direction theatrically. It means I can get away with everything."
Harman brings his eclectic background of magic, burlesque, costume design and theatre into the performance.
He said he also brought songs he had been collecting for some time.
"Funny, absurd songs mostly that I have been putting aside, collecting and curating for a number of years. Some obscure ones and some that people will recognise. All are usually sung by females, so with Lola, it brings something interesting.
"Lola is just a big show-off and I would be happy to play him on stage until he is in a walker."
Harman has teamed up with friend and performer Emma Holloway who has taken on the job of stage manager for The Lola Show.
Harman said the two met while working in Taiwan, Harman working as a magician and Holloway as a burlesque dancer. "We lived out of each other's pockets for a while there and we trust and respect each other."
Harman recently won two Globe Awards, best director/choreographer for Abbey Theatre's production of Hairspray and best show for Abbey's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
The Lola Show is at The Globe Theatre, Palmerston North, on Friday and Saturday at 9pm.
- Manawatu Standard
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