Josh Daveta is currently gearing up for the Melbourne season of Teenage Dreams at The Butterfly Club. We were lucky enough to catch up to chat all about this exciting cabaret.
Can you tell us a little bit about Teenage Dreams?
Teenage Dreams is a one hour satirical bedroom romp, as I like to call it, and it’s basically to the catalogue of Katy Perry and friends. So, there is some Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Lady Gaga – all top 40 radio divas. Each song is its own anecdote, and the through line of the whole show is relationships. Relationships with other people, friends, lovers…food.
What was the process like developing this cabaret?
About a year and a half ago, or longer, I was approached by Troy Armstrong from TAM Presents, who wanted to offer me a cabaret slot. I already had the idea of a Katy Perry show floating around in my head, so I just chose songs and stories to talk about. Since it’s first incarnation, we’ve done the show twice now, and this will be its third season. The process was really cool because it was already music that I loved, but what I think is the most amazing thing we’ve achieved is deriving a narrative out of pop music, which as you know, can get very monotonous sometimes. So, being able to find a storyline throughout it all was very cool.
What can audiences expect from Teenage Dreams?
I think what audiences can expect is something really relatable. It’s about everyday things. We bring up nights out at the club. We bring up trying to put the food down on a diet…so they can expect really relatable topics to come up.
How would you describe Teenage Dreams in three words?
Sassy, ‘crassy’ and funny.
What would you like audiences to take away from Teenage Dreams?
What I want for people to take away is A, that they think I have a good voice [laughs], and B, leave with a big smile on their face at the end of the show. Because we’ve written something that is really really relatable and really cool, I hope that they walk away thinking that that was a good night out. I like to describe the show as the pre-party to a night out full of Katy Perry music, so the show starts at 7pm and finishes by 8pm so it can be your pre-party and you can go out afterwards.
Teenage Dreams plays from Wednesday the 3rd to Sunday the 7th of August.
To book tickets head to http://www.thebutterflyclub.com
To keep up with Josh head to www.facebook.com/josh.daveta or you can follow him on Instagram and Twitter with the handle @joshdaveta