2015 Melbourne Cabaret Festival
Thirty brand new shows, all Melbourne premieres will kick off the annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Thursday 18 until Sunday 28 June 2015.
The spectacle of cabaret will be here for all to see and the spotlight will be on the things that matter – the seven deadly sins, unconditional love, acceptance and more. There will also be shows featuring the Weimar poets, the Jazz Age and the roaring twenties, a mash-up musical featuring internationally-renowned drag queens, plus all things cabaret.
‘A curatorial decision to reinvigorate the festival by preferencing shows never seen before in Melbourne and wooing the best and brightest talent across the country who have never appeared in the festival sets us up for an exciting and innovative two weeks of entertainment,’ says David Read, Artistic Director, Melbourne Cabaret Festival.
The Opening Gala (Thursday 18 June) at Melbourne’s newest exciting venue, Alex Theatre St Kilda, will be hosted by Rob Mills and features a diverse range of Festival acts.
The Closing Gala (Sunday 28 June) at Melbourne’s own Spiegeltent in Collingwood will present a star-studded sampling of acts as a fund raiser for the not-for-profit Melbourne Cabaret Festival.
Other key venues are Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran will be re-imaged as an intimate cabaret soiree with table seating and The Butterfly Club in the CBD.
Festival highlights include:
- Lighthouse Berlin is award-winning Annie Lee’s (Kransky Sisters) moving tribute to the extraordinary life of cabaret legend and friend Agnes Bernelle (1923-1999). It pays homage to the Weimar poets, and to Agnes, who set the colourful, sardonic and intriguing works to music.
Rob Mills is Surprisingly Good is an eclectic mix of music and stories with a cracking band and self-deprecating humour. Rob cut his teeth imitating great singers as a teenager in his garage in Wheelers Hill, Melbourne, and now it’s time to claim his own voice in this dynamic, touching and unexpected show touring nationally.
- Reviewing the Situation tells the story of Lionel Bart, once Britain’s most celebrated composer, responsible for the iconic musical Oliver! He partied with Noel Coward, Rudolf Nureyev and The Beatles. Now he’s bankrupt and ensconced in a flat above a laundromat. At his piano and fuelled by more than a few vodkas, Lionel sings us songs and shares stories from his incredible life. Starring national icon Phil Scott as Lionel Bart.
- Up With Joey – America’s favourite rollerblading lounge act – chronicles one man’s earnest, often absurd quest to explore the heavens and know unconditional love. Told through the unique perspective of former Jesuit lay minister and comedic performance artist, Joe Sehee, Up With Joey is a testament to what can happen when one musters the courage to reach for the stars with little regard for the ground below.
- Avigail Herman in Good Girl / Bad Girl
Through her stories and confessions, we explore the seven deadly sins and heavenly virtues in a funny, poignant and sometimes startling evening.
- Speak Easy. This is the Jazz Age – the roaring twenties. You are wrapped in the warm embrace of the Speakeasy – a world of hedonistic pleasure where anything is possible. Featuring: Jessie Gordon, Nick Maclaine and the nine-piece Perth Cabaret Collective, with Mat Jodrell (trumpet, New York) and James Cross (trombone, Tokyo). Winner of the 2015 Perth Fringe WA Best Cabaret Award.
- Queens of the City – a mash-up musical featuring internationally-renowned drag queens, Simoana Luvzit, Emma Roids and Frayda Cocks singing their favourite hits live including by Madonna, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Donna Summer and more.
- A Match Made in Harmony is the collaboration of two of Australia’s best vocal groups as Suade and Ginger & Tonic come together for 60 minutes of shenanigans, bringing their big voices and big personalities.
- Under The Covers – multiple Helpmann and Green Room Award winners Jacqui Dark and Kanen Breen detonate across the footlights as the Strange Bedfellows, in a debauched and greasepaint-spattered riot of musical abandon.
- Get A Grip (UK) – 80-year-old Lynn-Ruth Miller has lived a lot and nearly died a few times too. She guides us through eight decades of triumphs and failures, wit and wisdom and the recipes that kept her going throughout. Featuring original songs, unforgettable comedy and inspiring stories.
All shows will be on sale via www.melbournecabaret.com from Monday 4 May.
The Melbourne Cabaret Festival is made possible through the generous support of the City of Stonnington, City of Port Phillip, the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation, Yarra Trams, Yamaha Music Australia and Quest on Dorcas.
Melbourne Cabaret Festival from Thursday 18 until Sunday 28 June 2015 at venues across Melbourne.
Tickets from $23.