Ginger and Tonic Desperate and Dateless

Ginger and Tonic Desperate and Dateless

The Ginger and Tonic girls are at a loss as to why their relationships never work out – they're vivacious, out-going and gorgeous, after all. They've played hard to get, easy to get, tried salsa classes and swiped right on Tinder. They've even tried just ‘being themselves’ and nothing seems to work. But every pot must have a lid, and these four determined, modern women won't stop until they find theirs.

Specialising in original songs as well as cheeky parodies, a cappella girl group Ginger and Tonic rely solely on their voices to create their unique sound. The four girls have their audiences transfixed with their superb harmonies, and leave them in stitches with their wicked humour.

Since forming in 2010, Ginger and Tonic have performed as a headline act at the Festival of Voices in Hobart, toured to Germany to perform at the International A Cappella Festival in Leipzig, and in 2012 won first place at SingFest – Australia's leading a cappella festival and competition. They have performed at festivals around Australia including Port Fairy Folk Festival, Perth's Fringe World, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival. Their cabaret show Desperate and Dateless earned them a Green Room Award for Best Musical Direction in 2015.

Ginger and Tonic Founder and Musical Director, Jane Patterson, started out performing as a classical violinist. Since 2004, Jane has been performing as a violinist and backing vocalist for bands around the country, and in 2012 traveled to Nashville to perform at the Americana Music Conference. Recently, she played the role of Ex-Girlfriend in the GFO/MTC co-production of Once the musical.

Hailing from Ballarat, Laura Burzacott trained in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute, and completed a Certificate III in Performance and Practices at the National Theatre. Her recent credits include Ricercar (Theatre Works) and Blue Angel (Tasmanian International Arts Festival and big hART) where she was nominated for Best Performance in a Supporting Role at the Tasmanian Theatre Awards.

VCA graduate Stefanie is one of the rising stars of the Australian music theatre scene. As well as being a 2016 finalist for the Rob Guest Endowment Award, Stefanie recently finished a national tour with GFO’s The Sound of Music, playing Liesl. Other recent credits include South Pacific (Opera Australia/GFO) and Once (GFO/MTC).

Danielle O’Malley received a Bachelor or Arts (Music Theatre) from La Salle College of the Arts. A multi-talented performer, she recently wrote and erformed in cabaret show You’re My World - The Cilla Black Story. Other recent credits include Antarctica (Tasmanian Theatre Company), First Dates (Pursued by Bear) and South Pacific (Opera Australia/GFO).

The four performers’ respective versatility and experience make for a powerful stage dynamic between them. Ginger and Tonic have released two albums – 'Shake It' (2011) and ' Ginger and Tonic LIVE' (2015).

“Desperate and Dateless is a surprise package of faultless singing, biting comedy and slick dance moves.” - In Daily

“Pitch Perfect meets the Spice Girls ... Ginger and Tonic are definitely in a league of their own.” - Theatre Pres

“A whole lot of sass and a whole lot of laughs” - Theatre Press


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