LAST FRIDAYS: Domestic Rebels

Lou Chapman performing Miss Vanilla Bean and the Domestic Appliance Orchestra
Friday 28 May 2021
5.00pm - 8.00pm

Free event, bookings recommended.  

This month, join us after-hours for an evening of music and performance inspired by the exhibition RACHEL MILNE: Nest. 

Line Up: 

  • Live music by local bass and voice duo Bravo Victor 

  • A performance piece written by Helen Hopcroft ‘Miss Vanilla Bean and the Domestic Appliance Orchestra’ starring Lou Chapman 

  • A short micro talk will be provided by the writer and artist to give insight into this powerful performance that speaks to the challenges facing female artists 

  • Delicious cake tastings from MasterChef star turned @cakeboinewy, Reece Hignell.

  • Pop-up bar from 5-8pm 

About the artists: 

Bravo Victor is a local Newcastle based bass and voice duo comprising of bassist Jonathon Burgess and vocalist Sophie Aked. Bravo Victor’s sound could be described as a ‘melting pot’ of these genres’ harmonic language and performance practices. Through their strengths and passions, Sophie’s for poetry and melody and Jono’s for the intricate inner workings of harmony, complex and striking original music has been created. 

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Miss Vanilla Bean and the Domestic Appliance Orchestra is a performance poem written by artist Helen Hopcroft. The poem dramatizes mental fragmentation created by household duties which undermines the concentration required to make great art and build a sustainable creative career. The main character, Miss Vanilla Bean, finds herself constantly interrupted – either by children, family, friends or her own anxiety - whenever she sits down to begin creative work. The performance is informed by Freddie Mercury’s iconic 80s music video, 'I Want to Break Free'. 

It was first performed by Helen at the opening of the Reimagining the Canon exhibition at the University of Newcastle and has since been included in the Mad Bitches Inc. cabaret show with New York trained actor Lou Chapman in the lead role. Reimaging the Canon was curated by Dr Annemarie Murland and included a number of important female artists, including Rachel Milne. 

Related Links: Countess Report#KnowMyName and Shelia Foundation 

More information about Last Fridays: 

Last Fridays is free monthly art party featuring local and national emerging and established artists, makers and musicians. A tactile, sensory and social series of events that incorporate art, music and interaction – get your cultural fix after dark.

All are welcome to come along! All persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Newcastle Art Gallery practices the responsible service of alcohol.  

Opportunities for musicians and performers at future Last Fridays:  

Last Fridays is an opportunity to perform to a large audience and in a unique setting. View upcoming dates (below), get in touch and email us at  

2021 future dates: 25 June | 30 July | 27 August | 24 September | 29 October | 26 November | No Last Fridays in December 

Image: Louise Chapman (pictured) courtesy of Joerg Lehmann.



  • This event is FREE



Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Cooks Hill