Fabba performing at Seven Hills RSL

DANCING QUEEN: FABBA members David Goyen, Anthea Johnson, Anita Hartmann and Tim Johnson will bring quirky costumes, Swedish accents, platform boots and lots of glitter when they perform at Seven Hills RSL.
DANCING QUEEN: FABBA members David Goyen, Anthea Johnson, Anita Hartmann and Tim Johnson will bring quirky costumes, Swedish accents, platform boots and lots of glitter when they perform at Seven Hills RSL.

Put on your flares and dancing shoes and get ready for a night of 70s revival hits with FABBA.

First things first: FABBA isn’t just another ABBA cover band.

“We pick up from where ABBA left us all those decades ago,” Anthea Johnson, FABBA founder and performer said.

“We’re fun and fabulous and that’s what the ‘F’ stands for – fun and fabulous FABBA!”

After performing in her year 1 end of year Christmas concert, Johnson knew in her heart that the stage was where she belonged.

“When I was on that stage looking out to the audience, I knew that singing and performing was all I wanted to do,” she said.

“From that moment on, school was all about the musicals and anything drama related.”

After years of working in the entertainment business, and riding a rollercoaster of highs and lows, Johnson decided it was time to form her own band and show.

“When you’re in a show, you’re on this ‘high’ for however long it lasts. When it’s over you reach a ‘low’ while waiting for the next job to come in,” she said.

“There came a point in my life where the routine just didn’t work for me anymore. I needed security and putting FABBA together was actually accidental.

The 49-year-old was asked to join an ABBA show but after rehearsing realised it was more like a cover band and not an actual show.

“Myself and the other girl in the group, who was from a musical theatre background, decided to start our own show that had a more theatrical approach,” she said.

“We ended up having a very successful show, with the funny backstory that we were divorced looking for new husbands.  

“It was a hit, and when it was all over people kept asking me if I was going to bring it back.”

In the tradition of the hit musical Mamma Mia, the fully scripted and choreographed show reintroduces to audiences the famous four icons from the 70s; Agnetha, Frida, Benny and Bjorn.

“I got a new group together years later and after the Mamma Mia film, new life was bought to the show and it’s been successful ever since,” Johnson said.

“It’s one of those things, I never intended it to have this longevity. It’s been this amazing, wonderful experience and it’s like I get to work with my friends and family.”

She said FABBA takes the music that made ABBA famous, added with fun, comedy and theatrics from Mamma Mia.

“There’s a lot of audience participation. It’s a celebration of a time when life was much simpler and the music made you smile.”

  • Details: 8.30pm, August 5, Seven Hills RSL, 108 Best Road, Seven Hills. Free.
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