“Heathcliff, it’s me, Cathy, I’ve come home …”
The countdown is on, Melbourne.
Originally slated for an inner-north park, the Most Wuthering Heights day, which has more than 11,000 people interested on Facebook, will now be held on July 16 at Kings Domain.
The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever
- Kings Domain, Linlithgow Ave, Melbourne
- Register here
With 850 people already registered for the event and 770 red dresses sold, the park will be a sea of red as an estimated 1000 Melburnians gather to frolic in a park to Kate Bush’s classic 1970s anthem Wuthering Heights.
Melbourne’s Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever will be one of many around the world on the same day and the instructions are simple: Kate Bush fans must wear a red dress, red stockings and a black belt – similar to the costume she wore in the iconic film clip – and dance their hearts out to a choreographed routine based on the one in the iconic film clip.
The idea, says Melbourne organiser Douglas Leitch, was inspired by an event held in the UK by theatre collective Shambush!
In 2013 the group asked members of the public to assemble in a park in Brighton wearing a red dress and a brown wig to re-enact the Wuthering Heights dance routine.
About 400 people showed up and the video, which was recorded on the day, went viral.
It spurred a Melburnian living in Berlin to organise an event of her own in Templehof, an airfield-cum-park in south central Berlin, and events have since popped up in various cities around the world on the same date, including in Melbourne.
While the climes in the European cities holding the event will be warm and summery, Melbourne’s wintery weather will only add to the moody atmosphere – all the more evocative of the song’s source material, the novel of the same name by Emily Bronte.
Douglas says some people have asked if they can dress as Heathcliff, but he has a firm stance.
“I’m saying no, it’s all about Kate Bush. As long as they come in a red dress they can have a beard, they can bring their dogs, it doesn’t matter”.
He has been liaising with Shambush member Georgie Sworder, who happens to be living in Melbourne at the moment and will help to organise the event which has garnered a lot of interest on Facebook.
“I’m so excited to be working with the Melbourne crew,” Georgie says.
“Kate Bush is one of those artists that hasn’t got the commercial praise in a way that she should have. She’s the first woman to have self-penned a single that went to number one in the UK. She’s a record-breaker, and we’re hoping to break some records with these events.”
The song may be one of the best to express your interpretive dance skills. People will be taught a dance routine on the day, which they will then perform en masse to the song.
Anyone who wants to get a head start on the dance moves can watch the instructional video created by Shambush!
All money raised will be donated to domestic violence prevention organisation Safe Steps Family Violence Resource Centre.