With original music by Hugo Chiarella and Robert Tripolino (DreamSong), Guilty Pleasures sees music theatre dynamo Angelique Cassimatis (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Prisiclla: Queen of the Desert) portray the lives of ordinary women driven to acts of extraordinary violence.
Josh Robson’s (Rob Guest Endowment Winner, Les Miserables) book explores how love, passion, jealousy, loneliness and desperation can lead us to react far beyond the limits we ever thought we would. With a live 4-piece band led by Geoffrey Castles (Les Miserables, Aladdin) and choreography by Amy Campbell (In the Heights, Oklahoma), Guilty Pleasures is as dark as it is witty and energetic.
Joshua trained as a performer at the Victorian College of the Arts where he finished a Bachelor of Music Theatre in 2011.
There he performed in many shows including excerpts of Spring Awakening (Ernst) and West Side Story (Tony).
After leaving VCA, he has performed performed in The Threepenny Opera (Macheath), King Kong: Live on Stage, Les Miserables (Courfeyrac), You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Schroeder), My Fair Lady directed by Julie Andrews, Dream Lover (Frankie Avalon) and you can currently find him performing in the Australian Tour of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical..
Joshua is the winner of the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award
Robert trained at Victorian College of the Arts, Australia
Robert would like to thank his family for their ongoing love and support.
Stage Credits: Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Barbican Centre Production); Sal Russo in RAGS (Manchester Hope Mill Theatre); Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Wycombe Swan); Omar in Aladdin (Australian Tour); Chino in West Side Story (State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne); Dan Kelly in NED (Bendigo Arts Centre); Jean-Michel in La Cage Aux Folles (The Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne); Matt in Calvin Berger (The Lawler, Melbourne); Jamie in Third World Blues (Gas Works Theatre, Melbourne); The Addams Family (Capitol Theatre, Sydney) Gaybies (The Sumner, Melbourne Theatre Company); The Pirates of Penzance (Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne); A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne )
Film and Television Credits: Anthony Caleo (Older) in Holding The Man (HTM Productions); Isaac in EMO: The Musical (Matthewswood Productions); BJ in Upper Middle Bogan (ABC); Jim Morrison in Mr and Mrs Murder (Network 10);
Composer/Cabaret Credits: Dreamsong (Melbourne International Comedy Festival); Death Suits You (Melbourne Cabaret Festival); Guilty Pleasures (Australia Tour); Candice McQueen – Nasty! (Melbourne Cabaret Festival)
Hugo Chiarella is a writer, performer and producer. He is a graduate of the VCA Bachelor of Music Theatre.
As writer, Hugo wrote the book and lyrics for the musical DreamSong(VCA, Arts Centre Melbourne, Theatre Work) lyrics for Guilty Pleasures (Chapel off Chapel, The Hayes Theatre, The Brisbane Powerhouse) the script for Piaf and Aznavour: Songs from the Pavement (The Butterfly Club) and book and lyrics forEvie May (Hayes Theatre).
As a performer, he has toured Australia and New Zealand in the role of Mendel in Fiddler on The Roof with Topol. On television, Hugo starred in the channel Nine children’s series Magical Tales: Surprises. He was in the Australian tour of Les Miserables and went on to perform the role of Grantaire in the international tour. Hugo recently finished playing Grantaire and understudying Thenardier in the West End production of Les Miserables.
Hugo was also a writer and performer with sketch comedy group I'm With Stupid (ABC iView, ABC2, Funny or Die, and Youtube). He also wrote and produced the web series As Actors – Manila (official selection for the Rio Webfest, the Armacord Arthouse Film and Video Awards and The LA Cinefest).
Hugo currently lives in London. He recently completed the MA in Creative Producing at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is currently the Development Producer for Fuel Theatre in London.
Amy Campbell is one of Australia’s most accomplished dance talents with a career spanning all areas of the entertainment industry.
Her extensive list of credits as one of the country’s top choreographers include Blue Saint Productions In The Heights in association with The Hayes Theatre Co (winning the Sydney Theatre Critics Award for Best Choreography of a Musical), the Australian premiere of Violet (Broadway World Australia Award), An Act Of God for The Darlinghurst Theatre Company, ATYP’s sell out season of Spring Awakening, Side Show and Hispanic Attack for the Hayes Theatre (for which she was also the co-creator) and the original Australian work Guilty Pleasures for Blue Saint Productions. In 2018 Amy made her choreographic debut for The Production Company with Oklahoma. She was also the choreographer on Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Funny Girl, Porgy and Bess and Candide. Her television choreographic credits include Dance Academy, The X Factor, ABC’s Giggle and Hoot and numerous television commercials.
Represented by T&E Management Amy’s theatre credits include Dance Captain and role cover in the Australian tour of Dirty Dancing, Xanadu, Fame The Musical, Saturday Night Fever, the world premiere of King Kong Live on Stage, principal dancer in Opera Australia’s Carmen and most recently the Resident Choreographer of The Bodyguard Musical Australia.
Geoffrey’s credits as Musical Director include Aspects Of Love (Hayes Theatre/Walk This Way Productions), Aladdin (Disney Theatrical Australia), the 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables (Cameron Mackintosh/Michael Cassel), Mary Poppins (Disney/Cameron Mackintosh), Songs For A New World (Blue Saint Productions/Chapel Off Chapel), December Songs (Chapel Off Chapel) Songs From An Unmade Bed (Chapel Off Chapel), Diamonds Are For Trevor (Trevor Ashley/Arts Centre Melbourne/MidSumma), What A Shock ‘N’ Shame (New Theatre) and Hello Again (Gaiety/Darlinghurst Theatre). As Associate/Assistant Musical Director for Sweeney Todd (Life Like Co.), Wicked (GFO/Universal), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (James Anthony Productions), Disney’s High School Musical (Jacobsen/Really Useful) and Guys And Dolls (Donmar Warehouse/Ambassador). Geoffrey has also played on productions including Muriel’s Wedding(Sydney Theatre Company/Global Creatures), A Chorus Line (TML Enterprises), Into The Woods (ANZ/Rob Guest Endowment), Mamma Mia (Louise Withers), Pippin (Kookaburra), Spring Awakening (Sydney Theatre Company), Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – The Musical (GFO/Back Row Productions) and Altar Boyz (Ovations Live).
Geoffrey holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance/Music Education) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, an AMusA in piano from the AMEB