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Emma Dean

Shape Of A Girl

Sat 20 Nov, 2021


Powerhouse Theatre

Tables $42*
Stalls $38*

*plus transaction fee $6.90




70 mins

Ages + Warnings

Suitable for ages 15+
Contains adult themes

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Emma Dean returns to the Brisbane Powerhouse stage to celebrate her much-anticipated new album Shape Of A Girl.

With heartfelt and hilarious songs born from the murky place where immense grief and unrelenting hope co-exist, the album is an empowering and joyful celebration of life, love and the wondrous, unconventional, brave and beautifully diverse women who inspire Emma. 

A very special collaboration with her brother Tony Dean, Shape Of A Girl features a collection of stories from the last seven years of Emma’s life and most importantly explores her lived experience with infertility, IVF and loss.

Shape Of A Girl reconnects Emma – a lover of Celtic music – with her Irish heritage and features her toe-tapping, knee-slapping all-star band featuring the brilliant Tony Dean, Lucas Clarke and Katie Swan!


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More Info

Emma Dean is a Brisbane-based singer, songwriter, dreamer, arranger, choir mama, show-maker and creative coach. She has performed with artists like Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan, Placebo, Macy Gray, Jinkx Monsoon (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls, as well as playing lead roles in theatre shows such as Cabaret and The Tempest.

Her original show ‘Imaginarium’ was performed on Off-Broadway and she has been listed as ‘one of ten artists to watch’ by The New York Post after featuring on the US specialty radio charts alongside PJ Harvey and REM. She is also a recipient of the prestigious ‘Under Our Wing’ cabaret award alongside musical comedy superstars, Tim Minchin and Sammy J.

In 2018, Emma was a featured soloist in The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, singing John Farnham’s iconic song – ‘You’re The Voice’.

Emma’s show, Broken Romantics: A Unicorn’s Quest For Love toured around Australia from 2017 – 2019 and received rave reviews at Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. Last year, in the midst of a global pandemic, she premiered a new work called Hot Mess Mama, inspired by the current climate crisis and created with playwright Katherine Lyall-Watson. The world premiere was part of Brisbane Festival.
In 2021, Emma is thrilled to be launching her much anticipated new album titled Shape Of A Girl, a very special collaboration with her producer and brother, Tony Dean.

When Emma is not on stage, she can be found writing choral arrangements for choirs and musicians, including John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, Katie Noonan and Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band). She is a passionate advocate for the magical healing qualities of group singing and proudly leads a colourful community choir in Brisbane called Cheep Trill who she considers to be her extended family. Emma lives by the sea in Sandgate with her boyfriend and musical collaborator Lucas Clarke and their cheeky adopted groodle Charlie Dickens, who has a penchant for eating socks and undies.

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....Just sample her monster Broadway single “Sincerely Fearful,” which is 50% “Wicked” and 50% Tori Amos and 100% addictive, and you will find an unavoidable sound worthy of the repeat button

the new york post

  • ....Just sample her monster Broadway single “Sincerely Fearful,” which is 50% “Wicked” and 50% Tori Amos and 100% addictive, and you will find an unavoidable sound worthy of the repeat button

    the new york post

  • Move over Rufus and Tori. You have company.

    Noel Mengel, Courier Mail

  • ★★★★

    Dean’s unicorn-ego is no wilting cupcake, it’s forged in the fire of heartbreak, and bathed in the fury of her own awakening.

    Musical Theatre Review


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