THOUGH not a typical choir, the Secret Women’s Business (SWB) performance group certainly make sure their voices are heard.
With many of the 17 members based in the Perth Hills, SWB is a non-traditional choir of women who perform entertaining songs, parodies and skits with the hope to inspire other women to get out of their shell.
“Many of us took up singing after a turning point in our lives,” member Benita Devins said.
“Maybe a battle with cancer, mental health or loss of a partner.
“We found that singing with a supportive group is a great healer, both physically and mentally.
“We’re just a diverse group of sassy, inspirational women who just love to sing together and hope to inspire other women, encourage them to try something new and make a difference to their lives.”
This year, the group has sold out every show they have put on, with performances at Dunsborough Songfest, Fringe Festival and Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre.
The groups musical director is Martin Meader, the co-writer and producer of Paradise Road a film based on women in a prisoner of war camp forming a choir to inspire and encourage them to survive, starring Glenn Close and Cate Blanchett.
One of the parody lyric writers Sheila Tipper said she thoroughly enjoys all the work SWB does as a group.
“I love to hear the feedback from our audience members as I introduce a comedic take on popular songs and listen to their comments after the show,” she said.
“The first one was a result of Martin’s suggestion that we learn the 1960’s hit by Dusty Springfield called Wishin’ and Hopin’, but I was a little at odds with the original words telling of all the ways that a woman could attract a man and keep him, so I changed them to tell the story from a woman’s perspective – we never did perform those original lyrics.
“I feel proud to be able to contribute to our show in a way that brings a smile to people’s faces or a laugh out loud moment.”
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