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Lior: Love, Loss and Compassion at Adelaide Cabaret Festival


Adelaide Cabaret Festival artistic directors, Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect, have put together an exceptional program this year. Thankfully, they have extended the traditional definition of ‘Cabaret’ to accommodate Lior’s concert-style collaboration with the Australian String Quartet in the show Love, Loss and Compassion. Excellent decision Ali and Eddie! Having first encountered Lior more than… Read more.

Dahlesque, Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Dahlesque, Adelaide Cabaret Festival

With South Australian audiences already enthralled by the magical storytelling of the great Roald Dahl (thanks to Matilda the Musical playing at the Festival Theatre), Elise McCann has brought the perfect adjunct production to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Dahlesque is a celebration of all things Roald Dahl. It masterfully melds the story of Dahl’s life… Read more.

Michael Griffiths – Lucky: Songs by Kylie

Michael Griffiths — Lucky: Songs by Kylie

World premiers are great: the excitement and anticipation is palpable, the nervous energy heightens the performance and, when the subject matter is Kylie, you know you’re in for a treat! Michael Griffiths’ Lucky: Songs by Kylie celebrates everything about our Australian pop princess. The Space Theatre, brimming with Minogue fans, was clearly primed and ready… Read more.

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

With a Tony and an Olivier Award in the cabinet, Alan Cumming has scaled the heights of musical and theatrical achievement, but there is so much more to him than his stage and screen credits. Alan Cumming is a master storyteller, with a fascinating story to tell. The Scottish-American balances vulnerability with vulgarity; audiences should… Read more.

Singin’ in the Rain

Cast of Singin' in the Rain. Photo credit: Jeff Busby.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s 1952 release, Singin’ in the Rain, is the type of film that you can watch a hundred times and still find it exciting, engaging, and engrossing. On the first viewing you are captivated by the story. Every subsequent viewing you find yourself mesmerized by the brilliance of Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds…. Read more.

The Sound of Music, Adelaide season

Amy Lehpamer as Maria in The Sound of Music. Photo by James Morgan.

The Sound of Music is best known for its 1965 film adaptation renowned for the sweeping landscapes, the catchy Rodgers and Hammerstein tunes and of course, Julie Andrews. The movie is so well known and loved that, even though The Sound of Music was originally a stage production, one cannot help but use the movie as… Read more.

Sven Ratzke – Starman

Sven Ratzke, Starman, Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2016, Photo by Denis Veldman

Sven Ratzke’s Starman – a sold-out success at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival – is a powder keg of energy and enthusiasm, primed to explode! The show heroes the music of the late, great David Bowie, but it is so, so much more than a tribute show. Starman is a transporter through time and space. One… Read more.

Joe Stilgoe – Songs in Film

Joe Stilgoe, Songs in Film, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, photo by Matt Humphrey

Songs in Film is a simple concept for a cabaret show – a review of the greatest music from the silver screen. Joe Stilgoe takes this simple idea and transforms it into an outstanding, unforgettable, unmissable cabaret production. Joe Stilgoe, British pianist, vocalist and songwriter, is a modern musical genius (seriously, that’s not overstating it)…. Read more.

Emma Pask – Latin Fiesta

Emma Pask, Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2016, Photo by Kurt Sneddon

The vibrant rhythms of Latin America are on show in Emma Pask’s Latin Fiesta. The feisty horns, toe-tapping beats, and the phenomenal bass lines, along with Emma’s grasp of Spanish, Portuguese and English make Latin Fiesta a veritable party. Emma Pask is a musical force to be reckoned with. Place a 10 piece band behind… Read more.

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2016, Image by Mihaela Bodlovic

Have you ever wondered what the Australian political landscape would look like if Gough Whitlam survived the 1975 Constitutional Crisis, if Tony Abbott didn’t eat that onion, or if Harold Holt had decided to go for a cycle rather than a swim? This sort of political ‘what if’ is the exact platform utilised in Margaret… Read more.