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Stars of stage are like peas in a pod

The 2 of Us: David Hobson and Marina Prior say it’s rewarding to bring their show to regional centres, rather than regional people having to travel to Sydney for a performance. There current tour includes the Dubbo RSL Theatrette on Saturday, May 26. Photo: Supplied. The 2 of Us: David Hobson and Marina Prior say it’s rewarding to bring their show to regional centres, rather than regional people having to travel to Sydney for a performance. There current tour includes the Dubbo RSL Theatrette on Saturday, May 26. Photo: Supplied.

It’s easy to see why Marina Prior and David Hobson work so well together. So close are the musical duo that a conversation with them is non-stop talking, laughing and finishing one another’s sentences!

The pair are midway through their “The 2 of Us” tour which encapsulates the essence of their respective careers and brings them full circle together.

“We actually did our first show together 35 years ago,” Prior explained. “It was Broadway, the Pirates of Penzance which started in 1983.”

This show is a far cry from the large-scale productions to which they are well-acquainted after more than three decades in the entertainment industry.

Describing it as them in ‘up close and personal mode’, Hobson says audiences are loving the informal format of the show which has already sold out in many places and received standing ovations.

“They are used to seeing us in a more formal way,” he explained, with Prior adding that many concert-goers don’t expect the show to be as chilled out as it actually is.

“We are really relaxed and they are not expecting us to be as laidback.

“We still do all the highfalutin numbers but it’s a casual approach,” Hobson laughed.

“They are charmed by the behind the scenes and are surprised by how funny our relationship is.”

As part of the tour, the musical partners have already visited South Australia, southern NSW and the ACT, and then Queensland. Dubbo is on the agenda at the end of this month.

So far, they are enjoying visiting regional areas as well as larger centres.

“It’s beautiful,” Prior told Dubbo Photo News in her effervescent manner.

“Doing a show in the main cities and going to regional areas is a beautiful way to see the country side doing what we love doing.

“And chatting and meeting the audience, it’s not easy for them to get to the city to see a big show.

“It’s fantastic,” Hobson said. “We are having a great time.

“It’s a lot of fun but we are working... It’s hard work but its good work,” Prior added.

While the tenor and soprano are more accustomed to big shows with plenty of stage presence, “The 2 of Us” is a more pared down version with less props but just as much music.

“There’s no costumes, no big production but we will be performing opera, Celtic folk and pop.

“We both have eclectic tastes,” Hobson said. “Before we got into our respective careers, Marina was a singer-songwriter and I was doing jazz and pop.”

While they love their music, neither of them can pinpoint a special tune.

“The great thing is singing,” Hobson said. “I don’t have favourite songs, I love big show tunes and just really love singing and songwriting,” Prior said.

While the tour is long, it’s broken up into “bite sized pieces so we go home and have breaks in between shows”.

Prior said their tour team is a musical marriage of like-minded people.

“Being on the road with people you like is good. We don’t have to be polite!

“The tour manager, music director and accompanist David Cameron – we are all good mates. We are like a family.”

Prior and Hobson last visited Dubbo five years ago.

WHAT WHERE WHEN

  • “The 2 of Us” featuring David Hobson and Marina Prior
  • Dubbo RSL Theatrette
  • Saturday, May 26, with shows at 3pm and 8pm