THEATRE RE-INVENTED: From left, Claudie Frock, Randolf Riemann, and Zac Mifsud will act in the re-working of My Radio Heart as part of the Norpa season.
THEATRE RE-INVENTED: From left, Claudie Frock, Randolf Riemann, and Zac Mifsud will act in the re-working of My Radio Heart as part of the Norpa season. Cathy Adams

My Radio Heart: A love story re-designed

MY Radio Heart is back to Lismore City Hall this weekend, but not quite.

Inspired by the X Men characters and video games, My Radio Heart is a love story for the 21st century where a young man goes on a mission to piece together his past and discover his future.

The same cast, production team and crew will be performing, but the actual performance has been re-designed, so those who saw the show in 2014 will be up for a brand new experience.

My Radio Heart: My Radio Heart by Norpa
My Radio Heart: My Radio Heart by Norpa

With more music from electronic band Tralala Blip and a new set of costumes, the show is in its final rehearsals before the team takes it to Sydney and Melbourne.

We had a chat to Randolf Reimann and Lydian Dunbar, two members of the cast and from electronic music band Tralala Blip, about the new show.

How has the band's music changed since the time My Radio Heart was devised originally?

Randolf: For this updated version of My Radio Heart, we have reworked a lot of the songs and sound design from scratch.

The songs are more upbeat compared to the original version and a lot of the sound design comes from us playing with old 8-bit synthesizers, the sound of 1980's arcade games and Gameboys.

What are your main memories of the performances in Lismore and Sydney?

Lydian: My main memory from performances in Sydney and Lismore is how much fun it was singing a love song to a girl in the virtual world.

THEATRE RE-INVENTED: From left, Claudie Frock, Randolf Riemann, and Zac Mifsud will act in the re-working of My Radio Heart as part of the Norpa season.
THEATRE RE-INVENTED: From left, Claudie Frock, Randolf Riemann, and Zac Mifsud will act in the re-working of My Radio Heart as part of the Norpa season. Cathy Adams

How hard is to re-design the work?

Randolf: It has been a challenge, but a fun one. Tralala Blip have been exploring ideas for this new version My Radio Heart for a while now. Lots of time making noises on a variety of gadgets. Lots of trial and error, some of those errors sound amazing.

Tralala Blip performed at the Opera House for TedX Sydney 2016, how was that experience?

Lydian: It was amazing. Last year we played at Sydney's The Now Now Festival and we visited the Opera House in our down time. I made a joke about we should play the Opera House. And a year later we did.

Any other big projects the band can look forward to?

Randolf: Yes. In October, (Lismore based inclusive collective) The Useless Assembly will present our work and perform at Dubbo Gaol as part of the Artlands conference.

The band's latest release, Oceans Of Love, is available via iTunes and Tenth Court Records.