Trisha Noble still trips the light fantastic
SHE is one of Australia's most acclaimed stars of stage and screen and has won multiple awards in a career spanning more than five decades, but many Senior's Newspaper readers will remember Trisha Noble fondly as the innocent young teenager Patsy-Ann Noble of 1960s Bandstand fame.
Now, at age 72, Trisha Noble (who shed the Patsy-Ann name in the late 60s) will join the cast of the Queensland Theatre Company's Ladies in Black, due to run from January 28 through February 19, and she is delighted to be playing not one, but two roles on stage.
The blockbuster musical is set in a stylish department store in the 1950s.
"This came out of the blue," Trisha said. "I thought I can't turn down a show like this.It's a gift from God. I am nervous about the extent of work - six nights a week, two shows on Saturdays, two on Wednesdays - but I'm looking forward to it."
The two roles Trisha will play - Miss Jacobs and Mrs Crown - present characters who are worlds apart and will require many hurried costume changes.
"Miss Jacobs, is single, been at the department store for more than 40 years," Trisha said.
"She is a dignified lady with a tragedy in her past. Mrs Crown has three adult daughters, is a down to earth, no-nonsense Aussie, a bit rough around the edge, calling a spade a spade. They are such different roles, good fun for an actress. There will be a lot of bustle back-stage with wig and costume changes but I will get back in the saddle."
Trisha has rarely been out of the saddle since her appearances as a teenager on Bandstand in the 1960s performing her hit song Good Looking Boy. She won a Logie in 1961 for Best Female Singer before transferring to the UK in 1962 to pursue her career.
"Back in the 60s it was de rigueur for young performers to go to the UK," she said. "You were told you needed to go overseas to 'prove yourself'. I went when I was 17 and went to London because my Australian record company had a label in London. My mother was managing my career and it was easy for us to kick off in London. I already had a recording contract."
Trisha moved easily from singing into stage acting, touring with many big stage names, and then again moved seamlessly into television work.
She relocated to the US in 1970 where she had guest roles in many popular television series of the times, including Columbo, McMillan & Wife, Buck Rogers.
"I did quite a lot of acting which I enjoyed immensely," she said.
"I was raised by a show business family, raised as an all-round performer, not just a pop singer."
Since returning home to Australia after a rewarding and successful career over two decades in the UK and the US, Trisha has continued to show her versatility in a diverse range of roles on stage, television and in film.
She has enjoyed guest roles in the mini-series Blonde, All Saints and Water Rats, and starring roles in musicals including Dusty (National Tour: Dusty Promotions), Leader of the Pack (Leader Entertainment Pty Ltd), Footloose (SEL and GFO) and the dramatic play Three Winters Green.
She created the role of Thelma O'Keefe in the musical Shout (National Tour: Jacobson Entertainment) for which she received a Green Room Award nomination for Best Female Artist in a Featured Role and two consecutive Mo Award nominations for Female Musical Performer of the year.
Now she looks forward to her dual role in Ladies in Black which will open in Sydney on January 3 for its premiere season in the city in which the story is based. The show will then move to Brisbane for an encore season from January 28, before another encore season in Melbourne from February 25, and to Canberra from March 27.
"I was thrilled to be offered the show and I'm very honoured to be working with this particular creative team," Trisha said. "They are all wonderful. I am looking forward to being at QPAC, the South Bank is a lovely area."