Prepare for a hit of powerful, feminist self-love and some serious booty shaking as Candy Bowers takes to the stage in a show that treads the line of personal and political, leaving folks smiling, energised, empowered and seen.
“Australian Booty is a very personal storytelling show about how I became the person I am and why I am as political and as joyful as I am,” Bowers says.
“People think I’m going to be aggressive or hard core. Then they are shocked by my warmth and generosity. The show breaks through some basic stereotypes about being an angry black woman.”
Having studied at University of Wollongong Performing Arts, Bowers returns to Wollongong, after starting the year in Los Angeles. She is one of four Australian creatives taking part in a 12-month mentorship, run by Australians in Film (AiF) and Screen Australia.
Her mentor is executive producer Peter Saji (Black-ish) and Bowers describes the opportunity as “life and career changing”, because “the tears of reflection and recognition from watching Black-ish are so sweet.”
“Writing music comedy shows like Australian Booty has given me the foundation and confidence to launch into Hollywood” says Bowers. “You have to be fearless and passionate make an impact. You have to believe in your back-story in order to make your dreams come true.”