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Issue Details: First known date: 2019... 2019 Fangirls
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'Meet Edna: She’s 14, chronically awkward, and everyone thinks she’s a serial liar. But none of this will matter when her REAL life starts. With Harry. There’s just one problem, Harry is in True Connection - the world’s biggest boyband.

'When True Connection announce a tour stop in Edna’s city, she realises that this is her one chance to meet Harry and convince him of their destiny. But just how far is she prepared to go in the name of love? Edna takes her obsession to unforeseen heights in this thrilling and hilarious musical comedy about first love, fan culture, and the danger of underestimating teenage girls.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Production Details

  • Co-produced by the Belvoir St Theatre, Brisbane Festival (including Queensland Theatre Company), and Australian Theatre for Young People. Presented at Bille Brown Theatre, 7 September to 5 October 2019, and at Belvoir Street Theatre, 12 October to 10 November 2019.

    Director: Paige Rattray.

    Vocal Arranger/Music Director: Alice Chance.

    Music Producer/Sound Design: David Muratore.

    Dramaturg: Jonathan Ware.

    Cast includes Yve Blake.

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Works about this Work

New Australian Musical Fangirls Flips the Script on the Fandom of Young Women Kim Jirik , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , October 2019;

'When the Hungarian virtuoso pianist Franz Liszt began receiving public displays of adoration from predominantly female fans during his concerts in the 1840s, the writer Heinrich Heine described the "Lisztomania" that followed him as the "spiritualistic sickness of our time".' (Introduction)

Stage Presence Delivers Punch in Fan Fantasy Martin Buzacott , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21 September 2019; (p. 10)

— Review of Fangirls Yve Blake , 2019 single work musical theatre

 'Fangirls. Book, music and lyrics by Yve Blake. Queensland Theatre, Belvoir and Brisbane Festival co-production in association with the Australian Theatre for Young People. Bille Brown Theatre, South Brisbane. September 12 We’ve all been there, suffering the acute monomania that is teenage obsession with a pop idol.' (Introduction)

New Musical Has Enough Warmth, Witty Lines and Catchy Tunes to Win Its Own Fangirls Alastair Blanshard , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Conversation , 13 September 2019;

— Review of Fangirls Yve Blake , 2019 single work musical theatre

'Comedy often succeeds where tragedy fails. Fangirls, the pop musical which premiered on Thursday night in Brisbane, is not the first drama to explore our fascination with the wild, uncontrollable power of young female passion and girls’ infatuation with their boy-loves. Yet its catchy tunes, witty dialogue, and hilarious, occasionally absurdist, comic scenes set it apart.' (Introduction)

New Musical Has Enough Warmth, Witty Lines and Catchy Tunes to Win Its Own Fangirls Alastair Blanshard , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Conversation , 13 September 2019;

— Review of Fangirls Yve Blake , 2019 single work musical theatre

'Comedy often succeeds where tragedy fails. Fangirls, the pop musical which premiered on Thursday night in Brisbane, is not the first drama to explore our fascination with the wild, uncontrollable power of young female passion and girls’ infatuation with their boy-loves. Yet its catchy tunes, witty dialogue, and hilarious, occasionally absurdist, comic scenes set it apart.' (Introduction)

Stage Presence Delivers Punch in Fan Fantasy Martin Buzacott , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21 September 2019; (p. 10)

— Review of Fangirls Yve Blake , 2019 single work musical theatre

 'Fangirls. Book, music and lyrics by Yve Blake. Queensland Theatre, Belvoir and Brisbane Festival co-production in association with the Australian Theatre for Young People. Bille Brown Theatre, South Brisbane. September 12 We’ve all been there, suffering the acute monomania that is teenage obsession with a pop idol.' (Introduction)

New Australian Musical Fangirls Flips the Script on the Fandom of Young Women Kim Jirik , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , October 2019;

'When the Hungarian virtuoso pianist Franz Liszt began receiving public displays of adoration from predominantly female fans during his concerts in the 1840s, the writer Heinrich Heine described the "Lisztomania" that followed him as the "spiritualistic sickness of our time".' (Introduction)

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