“The day they arrive in Australia is the day Elvis Presley dies, both events are equally shocking.”
Nominated for Best Solo Performer at
The 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Stage Awards
Long Live the King is a multi-character one-woman show written and performed by Ansuya Nathan that was first presented at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the prestigious Assembly Rooms. The production was directed by Guy Masterson and was co –produced with his company, Theatre Tours International. It was Ansuya’s first foray into solo work.
It depicts the story of a young Indian couple who, arrive in Adelaide in Australia on the day that Elvis Presley dies. Due to the pressures of migration and the impending birth of their first child, the couple drift apart. It is a funny, poignant and powerful tale – told using the music of The King – which deals with the issues of motherhood and migration.
Long Live the King was performed at the 2011 Adelaide Cabaret Festival – where it was sold out for its four shows and received excellent notices . It was part of 2012 Parramasala Festival in Sydney, the Kansas Fringe in 2013 and Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival in 2014.
WHAT THE CRITICS HAVE SAID:
“Ansuya Nathan has written and performs a remarkable one-woman show. It is at turns hilarious, moving, musical, deeply sad and ultimately joyous”
THE ADVERTISER by Patrick MacDonald
“(A) funny, emotional and utterly heartfelt one-woman show… A stunning piece of work”
– MUST SEE! THE STAGE by Thom Dibdin
“This is all a solo show should be. Go see it and enjoy.”
***** THE PUBLIC REVIEW by Val Baskott
“Elvis lives on…in this sparkling one-woman show…a fantastic performance that deserves considerable praise.”
**** THREE WEEKS by Ed Frankl