CABARET FESTIVAL – 2nd Week Preview

SMA Kryztoff banner May 13 100dpi2013 Cab LogoThe Adelaide Cabaret Festival exploded with a compelling Variety Gala performance. The red carpet was overflowing with A-list celebrities and Cabaret superstars. Patrons partied well into the night and the Festival Centre venues were transformed into the glitz and glamour that is the cabaret realm.

Highlights into the second week of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival include sold-out performances from two-time Grammy award winning diva, Cassandra Wilson and Australia’s own swing-sensation, Tom Burlinson in his smash show, Now We’re Swingin. And check out the musical influences as charismatic Cabaret King, Paul Capsis returns to the festival for a soulful performance.

If you like your cabaret cutting-edge, then there’s RRamp, created by Christine Johnston who is renowned for her creation of the Kransky Sisters. RRamp is an eclectic mix of original music, story-telling, humour and animation. Purr-fect post-post-modern diva Meow Meow returns with her unique brand of kamikaze cabaret and performance art exotica.

And for those who like their Cabaret with a good dose of humour, the following comedy acts will tickle your funny bone. America’s own celebrity impressionist and host of the Backstage Club, Jim Meskimen known for his infamous sketches will have audiences in stitches. For those who love politics and all its irony, Phil Scott, one of Australia’s national showbiz treasures brings together an idiosyncratic rehash of his favourite songs and parodies in Cabaret Survivor. 

Local frat-pack, You, Me and the Bloody Sea are set to sail with their boisterous new cabaret adventures featuring original music and invoking traditional sea shanties and siren songs.

Audiences can swoon to the intoxicating likes of Winners and Losers star and femme fatale songstress Virginia Gay in Songs to Self-Destruct To. From New York to Belgrade, join UK cult musical duo Bourgeois and Maurice who are set to delight audiences with their critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe hit Sugartits!

On the free list, come and see Tawdry’s Heartburn perform live in the Winter Garden, where you can shoo-your-winter blues and chat live with the six-foot-five nail technician. Don’t forget while at the Adelaide Festival Centre to take in some stunning memorabilia in the Reg Livermore exhibition by the Performing Arts Collection in the Festival Theatre Foyer.

Make the most of the mesmerizing illuminations being projected on the Adelaide Festival Centre’s iconic rooftop during the month of June by the acclaimed international company, the Electric Canvas.

Class of Cabaret, an initiative supported by the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Education Program (centreED) and Telstra, aims to help cultivate and encourage the next generation of cabaret artists. Kate Ceberano, in addition to Musical Director Matthew Carey, and vocal coach, Kim Spargo, have mentored a select group of creative arts students to produce a series of stunning cabaret performances. These students will take you on a rollercoaster of emotion and give a glimpse into the cabaret stars of tomorrow.

Artistic Director Kate Ceberano says, “These are the cabaret stars of the future… you’ll be blown away by their talent and professionalism!”

Full program and tickets are on sale through BASS 131 246 or online Program details are available in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival brochure.  Get one free by calling the Adelaide Cabaret Hotline on (08) 8216 8901 or go to

See Kryztoff interviews with Paul Capsis (CLICK HERE) and Catherine Alcorn (CLICK HERE) – both appearing this weekend.

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