By Marc Llewellyn
Gifted composer and singer Hue Blanes brings his special blend of melancholy and music to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival this June.
Blanes – who confesses to practicing the piano as a child to drown out the sound of his parents fighting – will be performing Hue Blanes and the Moon over three evenings.
“It’s an exploration of failure, relationships, religion and conspiracy,” Blanes says. “It’s a story about the end of the world and paranoia. It challenges the audience with what they might think is normal and not normal.”
The product of two years of song writing, Hue Blanes and the Moon was influenced by the illuminati. Some people believe these secret societies are conspiring to control world affairs by masterminding events and planting agents in powerful positions.
Vladimir Putin makes an appearance, as does the Queen.
“I try to talk about them in a different light, without too much political, factual stuff. I talk about the Queen always being around. In 31 years I’ve been on the planet she’s always been there, in my pocket, on the face of a coin. A conspiracy theory says she’s part of the illuminati, and is actually a lizard.”
And the relevance of the moon in the title of his show?
“The moon illuminates. It sounds a bit like the illuminati,” he says.
“I explore the idea of people living on the moon. When Neil Armstrong went to the moon he saw aliens and never recovered, and all the astronauts had nervous breakdowns or suffer from alcoholism. I wanted to know what happened to them,” Blanes says.
Throughout the performance he plays the piano and breaks things up with voices and conversations.
There’s a moment in the show when his girlfriend ditches him, and another when he talks to a recorded message of himself in the future.
“There are scenes when I’m praying to a fictional god too, but muddle words up with names for cheeses. There’s a lot of absurdity involved.”
It’s good that comedy balances out the seriousness of the show, he says.
“Some of my favourite comedy is quite serious, profound and intense. But then the tension is released and something more comedic appears.”
Hue Banes and the Moon is on at the Artspace Gallery, part of the Adelaide Festival Centre, between Thursday June 16 and Saturday June 18.
The Adelaide Cabaret Festival runs from June 10 to June 25.