'In 1981, a young Egyptian refugee and choreographer signed up to transform a strip club. Thirty-three years later, he is stepping back from the limelight. It’s time to tell his story.
'Madame: The Story of Joseph Farrugia is a performance work based on the life and times of adult entertainment trailblazer Joseph Farrugia aka Madame Josephine, long time creative director and host of famous Adelaide strip club Crazy Horse Revue/Madame Josephine’s. Crazy Horse has been a place of fascination for many South Australians. Whether it’s been a hen’s night, buck’s show, a search for intimacy or a stolen glance up the stairwell, this venue is iconic in our city’s sexual landscape.' (Production summary)
Presented by Vitalstatistix in association with State Theatre Company. A Torque Show production. World Premiere at Burnside Ballroom, Adelaide : 21 Apr 2015 - 2 May 2015.
Creators / Directors: Ross Ganf, Ingrid Weisfelt & Vincent Crowley.
Interviews: Ross Ganf with Joseph Farrugia.
Text: Joshua Tyler, Ross Ganf, and Roslyn Oades.
Dramaturgy: Joshua Tyler.
Design & Lighting: Geoff Cobham.
Sound Design: Luke Smiles/motion laboratories.
Cast: Trevor Stuart, Kialea-Nadine Williams, and Chris Scherer.
Creative Producer: Emma Webb.