Playlist: Moira Finucane

Moira Finucane is famous for her jolie-laide burlesque which she has performed around the world. Her show Finucane and Smith’s Glory Box (directed by Jackie Smith) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and will be performed at the Lorne Festival of Performing Arts (Vic.) on the weekend of August 30-31, but the show is on now at the Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood, Melbourne until August 24. We asked Finucane to share music with us that is significant to her.

I Touch Myself  – Divinyls

Chrissie Chrissie Chrissie, what a woman, what a talent, what a powerhouse, subversive, rule breaking, rock legend. I used to go and see her live. When the Divinyls played in this shabby old ice skating rink in Fremantle I climbed the lighting tower. The crowd was wild , she was literally kicking people off stage (including the bouncers). All my friends left because it was so crazed, but I stayed on gripping the scaffolding, high above the crowd, completely mesmerised. I climbed so high I could see them back stage as well. She was electrifying. She will never die. And yes this song is legendary in Glory Box.

Wolf At The Door – Radiohead

There is something so haunting and epic about this song, so much like a fairy tale, so much like reading a book. I listened to it every single night for two months while I was preparing to occupy the dark and abject world of Brecht’s Good Person of Szechuan working with China’s leading avant garde theatre director Meng Jinghui. Listen up.

The Passenger – Iggy Pop

He is sexy, smart, beautiful, grotesque, wildly energetic. He says I am not ashamed to dress like a woman, because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman. I did this wild unleashed Igg tribute in The Glory Box, shirt off, jeans and boots, just like Iggy, the audience are still screaming.

Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen 

“Can’t start a fire, can’t start a fire without a spark, this gun’s for hire…” I put this on REALLY LOUD when I want to move one, shake thing up, take on the world. And this year — performing Glory Box in front of 10,000 people in Sao Paulo, having Brazilians dancing and screaming and putting their hands on the stage in this incredible act of joy, reverence and respect, playing the lead role my very first play in Beijing and Shanghai at the National Theatre of China for heaven’s sake, going to Paris to reside in some of the world’s most extraordinary galleries -– I have taken on the world!

Bad Girls – M.I.A

I don’t believe in breaking the rules, I believe in completely changing them. If the status quo doesn’t work, if it’s oppressive, if ‘traditions’, ‘culture’ and law oppress and discriminate, if they are used as a mask by the powerful to abuse human rights and prey on the vulnerable, I say change the rules, make a new set. Socrates said: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” M.I.A said “Bad Girls Do It Well”. I am one and we do.


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