August 22, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
City Recital Hall
2 Angel Pl
Sydney NSW 2000
ROBYN ARCHER: DANCING ON THE VOLCANO @ City Recital Hall | Sydney | New South Wales | Australia

“If you ever wanted to experience the Tingel-Tangel Kabarett in Berlin circa 1930, then this show, superbly performed by Robyn Archer, Michael Morley and George Butrumlis, is as close as you are very likely to get.”

The Advertiser

“Robyn Archer, accompanied by Michael Morley and George Butrumlis, reminded us that she is the gold standard for Brecht and Weill with her brilliantly delivered Bilbao Song, and it seemed utterly fitting that no sooner had she finished, Ali and Eddie presented her with the festival’s Icon Award for 2016.”

The Australian

There was a moment in Germany, between the two great world wars, when cabaret came alive. For just over ten years songwriters and poets described it as ‘dancing on a volcano’, which then exploded so rapidly into the worst excesses of Nazism.

Many think only of Brecht and Weill, but there were so many more songwriters and poets. This show gives us a hearty dose of Brecht and Eisler, but also Friedrich Hollaender (Falling in Love Again), Wilhelm Grosz (Red Sails in the Sunset), Kurt Tucholsky, Frank Wedekind, Mischa Spoliansky and more.

Teaming up again with longtime musical collaborators, Michael Morley (piano) and George Butrumlis (accordion), Robyn offers a truly authentic interpretation of this repertoire – raucous, funny, steeped in the musical harmony and political discord of the times, and often frighteningly relevant to our twenty-first century world.

Robyn Archer AO FAHA is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts.

An acknowledged exponent of classic European cabaret, Robyn was named Cabaret Icon at the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and won the Helpmann Award for Australia’s Best Cabaret Performer 2013.

She has recorded 12 albums and her writing includes essays, songs, works for the theatre and children’s books. She is an ABR Laureate, and Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy for the Humanities.

Robyn is mentor to the European Festivals Association’s Festival Academy and to a number of younger artists and artistic directors. She is an Officer of the Order of Australia, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) and Officer of the Crown (Belgium), and holds honorary doctorates from Flinders University (South Australia), Griffith University (Queensland), and the Universities of Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide.


Robyn Archer: Dancing on the Volcano
Presented by City Recital Hall
Date: Wednesday 22 August 7.30pm

Venue: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney
Tickets: Standard $60; City Recital Hall Member $50 (Fees per transaction: phone $8.25, internet $6.60)
Bookings: www.cityrecitalhall.com/events/robyn-archer or 02 8256 2222