Say farewell to the conventional glitter and sequins of cabaret and embrace the real and raw of F*ck Fabulous, a cabaret variety show and protest party from 7 – 18 April 2020 at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Studio.
Hosted by queer, fat, femme cabaret icon Yana Alana, the variety show boasts a fierce line-up of dance, circus, drag, comedy and performance art. It features performances by London-based comedian Krishna Istha, circus icon Jess Love, performance artist Nicci Wilks, dance duet Glitter & Snatch, aerial contortionist Seth Sladen, Drag King Koko Ma$$, drummer Bec Matthews and Yana Alana herself.
Serving neo-punk, anti-glamour realness, the work is a protest against the commodification of queer culture and a collective re-imagining of what it means to be queer and fabulous. F*ck Fabulous was created to embrace female-masculinity, rejoicing in gender-queer and trans visibility, and celebrating femme identity in diverse bodies.
Cabaret artist, actor and writer, Sarah Ward is the creator of cabaret character Yana Alana and Queen Kong. Ward was awarded a Helpmann and along with her creative team have 11 Green Room Awards, an Adelaide Fringe Award and a Melbourne Fringe Award for cabaret. Ward was MC for Circus OZ and has worked with La Soirée, Finucane and Smith, Retro-Futuristmas, Yummy, Arena Theatre Company, Melbourne Works Theatre and The Women’s Circus. Sarah was co-creator of cult hip-hop cabaret act, Sista She and Bobby in the theatre production Shit. She has a passion for the creation of subversive, political work that challenges gender stereotypes and the status quo through her larger than life stage creations.
Artistic Director: Sarah Ward
Director: Sapidah Kian
Musical Director: Bec Matthews
Designer: Joe Noonan
Lighting Designer: Katie Sfetkidis
Arts Centre Melbourne in association with Fat Fruit present
7 – 18 April, 2020
Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio
Not recommended for those aged under 16 years