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Hayley was an arts worker in South Australia for twelve years working freelance for small to medium clients as well as for companies such as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Theatre Company SA, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth and the Australia Business Arts Foundation. As part of her freelance work, Hayley founded the ATG Curtain Call Awards (which is now an annual gala event), co-produced three 24 Hour Show charity fundraiser events, has judged for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and reviewed for Aussie Theatre and the Adelaide Theatre Guide. Hayley now runs a boutique events and arts management business, Footlight Events and in her spare time, is involved with Adelaide’s amateur theatre community as a producer, performer and director.

Hayley has written 80 articles on AussieTheatre

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Cats – Adelaide

The cast of CATS the musical in Adelaide. Image by Image by Oliver Toth

Cats is one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s longest-running creations (35 years and going strong since its West End debut in 1981).  Trevor Nunn (original director) and Gillian Lynne (original choreographer) and Lloyd Webber created the feline musical based on a collection of poems by T.S. Elliot, peeking into the true lives of cats through a series of vignettes… Read more.


Ghost the Musical – Believe in theatre magic

Ghost the musical. Photo by Jeff Busby

It was the 1990 movie that became a cult classic and brought together the holy trinity of 80’s movie royalty; Whoopi Goldberg, Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. For anyone of the era, the movie had it all – comedy, romance, and Swayze’s oh-so-drool-worthy charm that crosses dimensions. With the rabid desire of producer-types in the… Read more.


Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Unescorted

Lady Rizo

Lady Rizo is our diva and we commune with her in the religion of glitter and cabaret. An established and well-respected cabaret performer from New York City, Lady Rizo is a Grammy winner, has performed for just about all the famous people known today (Beyoncé and Prince to name just a couple) and won a… Read more.


Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Steve Sheehan’s Tristan and Isolde

Tristan and Isolde. Photo: Sam Oster

An ageing opera singer, a miniature horse and a background comedian walk into a pokey, underground performance space.  It’s the setup to one of the most abstract cabaret acts of the Festival. There’s no doubt that venue spaces at the Festival Centre are packed during the Cabaret Festival, but the use of the pokey, rehearsal… Read more.


Adelaide Cabaret Festival – 27 Club

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – 27 Club

It’s an exclusive club of the greats. Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse are all members, and all coincidentally died at 27 years old. Henry Wagons MC’s this nostalgic trip down music-legend-memory-lane apparently as a cross-roads demon or some such, implying entry to this exclusive club involves selling… Read more.



Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Exposing Edith

Photo: Mark Wojt

Edith Piaf is one of the most recognisable voices to come out of Europe with her guttural rolling of R’s and belty chansons, any music-lover would be well aware of her unique vocal stylings. While this production may be a celebration of Piaf’s centenary with her life sadly ending almost sixty years ago, the ‘little… Read more.


Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Taken By Storm

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Taken By Storm

OK. Let’s get something out of the way first, I think I have a girl-crush on Storm Large. I’ll admit it, she is sassy, sexy, brilliant and so freaking rock it hurts. Returning to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Storm Large wants to talk about love. Love with its addictive, twisted and overwhelming hold on the… Read more.


Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Painted From Memory

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Painted From Memory

In the 1990s, Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello joined forces to write the song, ‘God Give Me Strength’. They continued writing together, releasing the 1998 album, Painted from Memory.  This production is a song-cycle showcasing songs from that album. Luke Kennedy and Michael Falzon were last seen at the 2014 Adelaide Cabaret Festival as part… Read more.


Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Pennsylvania Avenue

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Pennsylvania Avenue

Good sequels are rare and unique. Like The Godfather Part II, Empire Strikes Back and Toy Story 2, this sequel reunites its original team of Joanna Murray-Smith (playwright), Simon Phillips (director) and powerhouse performer Bernadette Robinson to be one of the greats in sequels for the stage. Robinson is once again holding her own, recounting… Read more.


Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Frisky and Mannish

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Frisky and Mannish

Frisky and Mannish were last at the Cabaret Festival five years ago. Sure, they’ve been to Adelaide since then in other Festivals, but Cabaret is where they truly belong. For the un-initiated, Frisky (Laura Corcoran) and Mannish (Matthew Jones) are Britain’s maestros of music mayhem, mashing, mixing and making pop music funny. Their new show… Read more.


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