SOLE SESSIONS launches this Saturday with DANIEL ASSETTA

With audiences and artists in lockdown and shows cancelled everywhere, Sole Sessions aims to ease the feeling of isolation by bringing Australian live entertainment into homes across the country and around the world.

Sole Sessions is presented by a collective of producers and supported by The Hallway.

Jeremy Willmott is the Creative Director of The Hallway, an independent advertising agency with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. He specialises in digital creative ideas and is a passionate supporter of the arts.

Amylia Harris is the Co-Artistic Director and Creative Producer of Darlinghurst Theatre Company, specialising in artist relations and the creative production management of live performance.

Leila Enright is a creative producer, specialising in the development of new work. She is the Creative Producer of Green Door Theatre Company and Associate Producer at Darlinghurst Theatre Company.

The Hallway is supporting the venture and is keen to support Australian arts at this time of crisis.

Featuring performances recorded in isolation during the global Coronavirus pandemic, the first Sole Session will take place this Saturday 18 April and star Daniel Assetta in Songs Unsung, which was originally to be performed at Sydney’s Claire’s Kitchen in May.

Daniel was performing the role of ‘Al’ in Amy Campbell’s new production of A Chorus Line at Darlinghurst Theatre Company, when the show was postponed on the day of its premiere in accordance with Government restrictions on public gatherings.

As Daniel says

My Sole Sessions experience has allowed for a burst of fun and creativity at this very strange time for our arts community.

Daniel Assetta was the recipient of the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Award in 2015 and has performed the roles of ‘Elder Young’ in The Book of Mormon and ‘The Rum Tum Tugger’ in the Australian/New Zealand tour of Cats. He performed in the 10th Anniversary Australasian tour of Wicked and, prior to being cast in A Chorus Line, he alternated in the lead role of ‘Tony’ in the Australian and international touring production of West Side Story.

In Songs Unsung, Daniel will be sharing the tunes he’s hummed along to backstage night after night and belted out in the shower for no one to hear. These are the melodies that have kept him company on the road and the songs that have comforted him in isolation.

As he says,

In between the many hours of sitting around at home, it gave me the chance to work towards a little passion project of mine. It brings me so much joy, knowing that theatre-goers will still get the chance to experience the magic of the arts, through this online platform.

Now, thanks to Sole Sessions, Daniel will have the chance to sing those songs that went unsung… by him. Daniel will be accompanied on piano by Nick Griffin, with lighting designed by Peter Rubie.

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