The exotic Lives of Lola Montez is the story of wild, dangerous and unvanquished woman in a man’s world. It is a monologue, although interwoven throughout the performance is also The Burlesque Star – both a modern representation of the essence and legacy of Lola Montez, and an avatar for Lola herself.
In 1855-56 Lola Montez toured to Australia. She died only a few years later. In the Exotic Lives of Lola Montez, Lola is still alive - called to the stage in present-day Australia by her ever-loving audience, and where she reveals the ‘truth, many many times’.
She tells her incredible history, true and false and in-between, ranging from her birth in Ireland as Eliza Gilbert; to her re-styling herself as exotic dancer and actress Lola Montez; to her multiple lovers including the King of Bavaria; to the multiple times she ‘died’; and her original and scandal-laced tour of the Victorian goldfields.
The play looks at fame, freedom for women, desire, aging, truth and lies. The play culminates in Lola’s infamous Spider Dance – a Burlesque that scandalised audiences worldwide, and brought Lola Montez much of her notoriety.
- drama cabaret comedy
- 70 minutes
- 1 female
- Lola: Lola can be played by a woman from any cultural background. The original Lola Montez was an Irish woman who re-styled herself as Spanish. This portrayal of Lola has no need for historical verisimilitude whatsoever. However, she should be played by
- young adult, adult
- Australian Script Centre