Hair, we all have it…just not in all the right places!
So we pluck, style, straighten, curl, shave, clip, lengthen, tweezer, comb, buff and wax. We’re a society obsessed with hair and how we wear it.
Plucked! is one woman’s account about shaving her head for charity and discovering being bald not only clips your curls, it also cutthroats your dignity. So she sets out to discover what it takes to f*ck the patriarchy and embrace the bald (and the bush).
Clare Ellen O’Connor’s one-person show opens in her childhood bedroom where, as a twelve-year-old, she experiments with the fabulous and outrageous styles of her pop icon (s)heroes – fashion forward, punk rocking, bald! While immersed in song she shimmers and shines but as soon as the show’s over her confidence plummets.
Until…the World’s Greatest Shave ad comes on the local morning radio and she see’s it as her opportunity to defy her insecurities and really stand out.
What happens after she shaves her head shocks her; from her boyfriend’s insensitive reaction to the public shaming she receives from random strangers. This experience forces her to confront some hairy realities about women (and men) and their hair.
Clare Ellen O’Connor is a rising star with the kind of voice that’s a hot, deep conditioner for the heart. She sets this tale to an upbeat, contemporary sound-track – including Madonna, Taylor Swift, Queen, The Cure, TLC, Tina Turner, Pink & Cindy Lauper. Accompanied on acoustic guitar by musical director, Glenn Moorhouse.
Plucked! premiered at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe, where it won an Adelaide Fringe Festival Weekly Award. More recently Clare was runner up at the Sydney Cabaret Festival Competition. It’s a liberating, glitter-filled, giggle-fest that will have you releasing your manes and completely reimagining beauty. Prepare to be plucked!
Written and performed by Clare Ellen O’Connor,
Musical direction by Glenn Moorhouse
Directed by Anthea Williams
Cabaret, concert, music theatre
Theatre seasons, festivals and events
60 mins no interval
Clare has always loved to perform, her first memory of this being when she was 4 and would perform Hanson concerts for her family in their lounge room (lucky them!). Clare studied at the The Arts Academy in Ballarat and her credits include A Little Touch of Chaos, 42nd Street and Parade, in which she played the leadfemale role of Lucille Frank, directed by Bryce Ives and Nate Gilkes.
Soon after graduating, Clare was hired as a lead vocalist for the UK Based Company PEEL Entertainment. This saw her travelling the globe as a singer for 14 months before returning home and relocating to Sydney.
Clare quickly made a name for herself in Sydney as a talented singer and often performs alongside Australia’s best performers including Bobby Fox, Marney McQueen and Catherine Alcorn in both The Divine Miss Bette and Go Your Own Way. She is also amongst the group of talented vocalists that perform Rock Rhapsody (Good Egg Productions), thrilling audiences with the hits of Queen on both land and sea. Clare loves performing theatre for young people; she has toured with Echelon, Poetry In Action and was lucky enough to play the lead role in the smash hit Room On The Broom (CDP Theatre Producers) in 2017.
In early 2019 Clare premiered her debut solo show Plucked!, a show which she wrote, produced and starred in, alongside musical director and guitarist Glenn Moorhouse. Plucked! has been hugely successful in its first year, with Clare being awarded a Weekly Emerging Artist Award from Adelaide Fringe Festival as well as Runner Up in The Sydney Cabaret Competition.
In 2019, Clare launched her own production company, Rhinestone Rebel Presents. This will allow her to continue to produce her own shows but also to bring the creative dreams of other artists to life.
As a guitarist, singer, song writer, arranger + musical director, Glenn Moorhouse has enjoyed a rich and colourful 20 year career in the Australian music industry.
His musical journey has delivered more twists and turns than the rugged coast lines of his island home, Tasmania: from guitarist with the critically acclaimed rock/pop outfit The Dead Abigails to the enigmatic frontman for hard rock/post punk exponents The Dog Line, Musical Director with the electro/funk/soul Mayfield as well as Musical Director for the remarkable talents that are Bobby Fox and Catherine Alcorn.
Glenn’s foray into Musical Theatre began with a three year stint as guitarist on the Tony/Helpmann Award winning Jersey Boys. Since then he has played on Gordon Frost’s 2014 production of Rocky Horror, Enda Markey’s Blood Brothers, and Luna Hare’s powerful rock odyssey B-Girl starring iOTA which premiered at the Sydney Opera House. Together with co-MD, the wonderful Hayden Baaltropp, he recreated the score for the 2016 Hayes Theatre season of The Fantasticks, working alongside Director, Helen Dallimore, to produce a remarkable new take on a legendary piece of theatre.
Since taking on the role of Musical Director on the juggernaught Australian Tour of American Idiot, Glenn has truly established himself as one of the most sought after and talented Musical Directors on the Australian scene.