Live shows return to arts centre

Jude Perl comes to Geelong Arts Centre for a new live series next February. (Supplied)

By Luke Voogt

Quirky cabaret comedian Jude Perl joins an eclectic bunch of artists for the long-anticipated return of live performance at Geelong Arts Centre next February.

Jude Perl has been confusing audiences for years, according to her website.

With her misplaced musical talents and low-fat air-frying technology, she is fast becoming a household name for up to and including seven households across Australia, promoters say.

“Jude Perl folds up for easy storage under the bed, behind the curtains, uncomfortably attached to a conversation she’s not really included in, or secretly crying in a rheumatologist’s waiting room.

“Try a Jude Perl today, and if you’re not completely satisfied, maybe don’t mention that to her because she’s incredibly sensitive.”

The three-time Green Room Awards’ best original song winner joins artists and groups such as Meow Meow, The Musical Sprouts, Silvie Paladino, The Syncopators, One Fell Swoop and Dolly Diamond for Geelong Art Centre’s summer season.

The centre this month raised the curtain on The Summer Sessions, which include performances taking place outside under a big top.

“We are thrilled and excited to showcase the creative talent of some incredible artists and safely celebrate this milestone of returning to live audiences,” centre chief executive officer Joel McGuinness said.

The sessions also include Ferne Millen’s photographic exhibition, Journey on Wadawurrung Country, along with educational activities and industry networking events.

Mr McGuinness said Geelong Arts Centre was working closely with Geelong council to collaborate on further opportunities for The Summer Sessions.

The centre “scrupulously adheres” to COVID-safe principals, including the mandatory wearing of face masks, ample sanitization stations and physically-distanced performance spaces for audiences, he said.

The sessions take place inside and outside Geelong Arts Centre’s recently-redeveloped Ryrie Street building.

Mr McGuinness thanked state government and Deakin University for their support of the event.