WHEN it came time for Rachel Dunham to decide on a character for her new cabaret show, it didn’t take much effort.
As a long-time fan of Oprah Winfrey, the performer decided she would create a tribute to the richest African-American of the 20th century.
“I’m always heckled as Oprah when I’m down the street or performing on stage. Something about me reminds people of her,” Dunham said.
This weekend, Dunham’s one-woman show Oprahfication will be staged as part of the Ballarat Cabaret Festival.
The multi-award-winning cabaret features nine original songs ranging from jazz to R’n’ B and soul to gospel.
Although it’s been more than two years since Oprah Winfrey closed the book on her world-dominating talkshow, the people of Ballarat are in for one final episode.
“People will feel as though they’re coming in for an Oprah television show recording, that’s the ride we take them on,” Dunham said.
“Oprah’s got a great story and storytelling is at the heart of what cabaret is. We’re telling her story through original music, which is pretty exciting.”