Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

The Retro Girls - Week 8

Tristan Meecham

Today, on In the groove, we welcome two everyday performing heroes. There isn’t a song these two haven’t covered. San Dee and Rachel from The Retro Girls. Are you ready? Lights, camera, boas!

Rachel, The Retro Girls

[laughter] That’s exactly it! Feather boas and a lot of them!

Tristan Meecham

You have both performed for some diverse audiences all over Victoria, including in RSL Clubs, military commemorations. What’s it like performing for our returned service officers and personnel?

San Dee, The Retro Girls

It’s such an honour and a privilege to be invited to. It gives you such pride to be an Australian and you get to have a beer with them after the gigs.

Rachel, The Retro Girls

San Dee has taught me so much about the military and the armed forces. The biggest thing I’ve learnt is that I honour every service personnel. Everyone involved in the defence force around the world that is working, you know, for human rights and I’m so humbled and, like I said, you know, San Dee has taken me to all these places and all these experiences.

Tristan Meecham

Now, ladies, is it true that you’ve created a memorial plaque that honours women in the military?

Rachel, The Retro Girls

That is true. The plaque honours all women who served in every capacity in the Vietnam War and it also honours every entertainer who performed for the troops in the Vietnam War and it lives on the wall alongside hundreds and hundreds of other plaques that actually make that museum possible down in Phillip Island.

Tristan Meecham

It’s a beautiful sentiment to honour women in the armed forces. Now, another community that you perform for are the everyday heroes in the LGBTIQ community. What is it about this community that inspires you both so much?

Rachel, The Retro Girls

We are both rainbow. We’re both queer. We use whatever language and it’s been a very unusual journey because we came to it later in life and we’ve stepped out of the heterosexual, heteronegative world and we’ve stepped into this world of rainbow. You mentioned the local heroes of the LGBTI community – so much resilience and so much courage. Roe Allen, Becky Cole - we are so honoured when we get to perform at LGBTI events.

Tristan Meecham

So, from rainbows to RSLs, one of the other communities that you also support is our elderly. You must have met some everyday heroes in the aged care environments that you’ve performed in?

Rachel, The Retro Girls

I’d been in a circus and I’d worked as a nurse and done a whole range of things but San Dee – and I’d worked in aged care facilities and geriatric wards and a whole range of things in a different ways so, when I walked into the aged care facilities, as a performer, well that was a whole new experience - San Dee used to say to me “if you can perform in an aged care facility, you can perform …”

San Dee, The Retro Girls

You can do it anywhere.

Rachel, The Retro Girls

… anywhere’”.

San Dee, The Retro Girls

Yeah

Rachel, The Retro Girls

Because the challenges are right up there. Once – I mix the sound and I sing and perform at the same time. So, I’ve got the mixer over here and there was an elderly gentleman and he was eating cake and [laughter] he dropped the cake and he pushed into the mixer hole.

San Dee, The Retro Girls

In the mixer hole.

Rachel, The Retro Girls

[cross talk] so in he puts - he’s pushing in cream, cake [laughter].

San Dee, The Retro Girls

Through Philip Brady, we meet this wonderful woman called Val from Preston.

Rachel, The Retro Girls

She was a regular caller.

San Dee, The Retro Girls

Every night, she would ring in and she became – well, as Philip put it, the third Retro Girl and she would ring up Philip after every show and give a critique on what we did.

Tristan Meecham

Retro Girls, can you tell us about what you love about the Victorian Seniors Festival and why?

Rachel, The Retro Girls

It has given us a huge opportunity to travel Victoria to meet the everyday heroes that are out there.  We’ve just had the opportunity to perform in beautiful places like Deakin Edge …

San Dee, The Retro Girls

So many beautiful places.

Rachel, The Retro Girls

… the Melbourne Town Hall, town halls all over Victoria and then down to the smaller places as well and meeting these elders and our seniors …

San Dee, The Retro Girls

Seniors …

Rachel, The Retro Girls

… and learning from them and the humility and the gratitude. The most beautiful audiences …

San Dee, The Retro Girls

And the stories. The stories – they come and give you their story …

Tristan Meecham

And we are absolutely honoured to have you perform, Retro Girls, as part of In the groove. Thanks for bringing your costumes, your performance and your boas to the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined in 2020.

[The Retro Girls singing]

It's not unusual to be loved by anyone

It's not unusual to have fun with anyone

But when I see you hanging around with anyone

It's not unusual to see me cry, well I don’t wanna die

It's not unusual to go out at any time

But when I see you out and about it's such a crime

If you should ever want to be loved by anyone

It's not unusual, it happens every day no matter, what you say

You'll find it happens all the time

Love will never do what you want it to

Why can't this crazy love be mine?

So, here we are at the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020. Whoo-hoo!

It's not unusual to be mad with anyone

It's not unusual to be sad with anyone

But if I ever find that you've changed at anytime

It's not unusual to find out I'm in love with you oh wooooww oh wooooww oh woooowwww

Oh my goodness gracious

How did that happen?

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The Retro Girls have performed more than 800 cabaret shows across Australia, singing hits from different musical eras and getting the audience on their feet.

 

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Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

The Retro Girls - Week 8

Tristan Meecham

Today, on In the groove, we welcome two everyday performing heroes. There isn’t a song these two haven’t covered. San Dee and Rachel from The Retro Girls. Are you ready? Lights, camera, boas!

Rachel, The Retro Girls

[laughter] That’s exactly it! Feather boas and a lot of them!

Tristan Meecham

You have both performed for some diverse audiences all over Victoria, including in RSL Clubs, military commemorations. What’s it like performing for our returned service officers and personnel?

San Dee, The Retro Girls

It’s such an honour and a privilege to be invited to. It gives you such pride to be an Australian and you get to have a beer with them after the gigs.

Rachel, The Retro Girls

San Dee has taught me so much about the military and the armed forces. The biggest thing I’ve learnt is that I honour every service personnel. Everyone involved in the defence force around the world that is working, you know, for human rights and I’m so humbled and, like I said, you know, San Dee has taken me to all these places and all these experiences.

Tristan Meecham

Now, ladies, is it true that you’ve created a memorial plaque that honours women in the military?

Rachel, The Retro Girls

That is true. The plaque honours all women who served in every capacity in the Vietnam War and it also honours every entertainer who performed for the troops in the Vietnam War and it lives on the wall alongside hundreds and hundreds of other plaques that actually make that museum possible down in Phillip Island.

Tristan Meecham

It’s a beautiful sentiment to honour women in the armed forces. Now, another community that you perform for are the everyday heroes in the LGBTIQ community. What is it about this community that inspires you both so much?

Rachel, The Retro Girls

We are both rainbow. We’re both queer. We use whatever language and it’s been a very unusual journey because we came to it later in life and we’ve stepped out of the heterosexual, heteronegative world and we’ve stepped into this world of rainbow. You mentioned the local heroes of the LGBTI community – so much resilience and so much courage. Roe Allen, Becky Cole - we are so honoured when we get to perform at LGBTI events.

Tristan Meecham

So, from rainbows to RSLs, one of the other communities that you also support is our elderly. You must have met some everyday heroes in the aged care environments that you’ve performed in?

Rachel, The Retro Girls

I’d been in a circus and I’d worked as a nurse and done a whole range of things but San Dee – and I’d worked in aged care facilities and geriatric wards and a whole range of things in a different ways so, when I walked into the aged care facilities, as a performer, well that was a whole new experience - San Dee used to say to me “if you can perform in an aged care facility, you can perform …”

San Dee, The Retro Girls

You can do it anywhere.

Rachel, The Retro Girls

… anywhere’”.

San Dee, The Retro Girls

Yeah

Rachel, The Retro Girls

Because the challenges are right up there. Once – I mix the sound and I sing and perform at the same time. So, I’ve got the mixer over here and there was an elderly gentleman and he was eating cake and [laughter] he dropped the cake and he pushed into the mixer hole.

San Dee, The Retro Girls

In the mixer hole.

Rachel, The Retro Girls

[cross talk] so in he puts - he’s pushing in cream, cake [laughter].

San Dee, The Retro Girls

Through Philip Brady, we meet this wonderful woman called Val from Preston.

Rachel, The Retro Girls

She was a regular caller.

San Dee, The Retro Girls

Every night, she would ring in and she became – well, as Philip put it, the third Retro Girl and she would ring up Philip after every show and give a critique on what we did.

Tristan Meecham

Retro Girls, can you tell us about what you love about the Victorian Seniors Festival and why?

Rachel, The Retro Girls

It has given us a huge opportunity to travel Victoria to meet the everyday heroes that are out there.  We’ve just had the opportunity to perform in beautiful places like Deakin Edge …

San Dee, The Retro Girls

So many beautiful places.

Rachel, The Retro Girls

… the Melbourne Town Hall, town halls all over Victoria and then down to the smaller places as well and meeting these elders and our seniors …

San Dee, The Retro Girls

Seniors …

Rachel, The Retro Girls

… and learning from them and the humility and the gratitude. The most beautiful audiences …

San Dee, The Retro Girls

And the stories. The stories – they come and give you their story …

Tristan Meecham

And we are absolutely honoured to have you perform, Retro Girls, as part of In the groove. Thanks for bringing your costumes, your performance and your boas to the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined in 2020.

[The Retro Girls singing]

It's not unusual to be loved by anyone

It's not unusual to have fun with anyone

But when I see you hanging around with anyone

It's not unusual to see me cry, well I don’t wanna die

It's not unusual to go out at any time

But when I see you out and about it's such a crime

If you should ever want to be loved by anyone

It's not unusual, it happens every day no matter, what you say

You'll find it happens all the time

Love will never do what you want it to

Why can't this crazy love be mine?

So, here we are at the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020. Whoo-hoo!

It's not unusual to be mad with anyone

It's not unusual to be sad with anyone

But if I ever find that you've changed at anytime

It's not unusual to find out I'm in love with you oh wooooww oh wooooww oh woooowwww

Oh my goodness gracious

How did that happen?