The little festival that could has grown into a large-scale winter arts event with a formidable program
Despite its relatively small scale and budget, the Melbourne Cabaret Festival has attracted growing audiences over the past few years by producing bold new pieces by lesser-known cabaret artists, and by featuring much-loved performers from Australia and beyond.
Artistic director Dolly Diamond is returning as artistic director, and audiences can expect a talent-packed program at Chapel off Chapel.
Danielle O’Malley will be bringing the songs of '60s pop icon Nancy Sinatra to life in Nancy Sinatra: You Only Live Twice. If you're more into '90s grunge than '60s pop, The Songs that Saved Your Life could be the show for you. Kimba Griffith will be singing 1990s alternative hits, including songs by the Smiths, Nirvana, the Violent Femmes and songs featured in David Lynch films. Or you could enjoy What Doesn't Kill You [Blah Blah] Stronger, featuring musical tales of improbable survival. The show won two major awards at Perth Fringe.
Can't make up your mind? Head to the opening night gala and get a taste for seven of the shows at Chapel Off Chapel. The event will be hosted by Dolly Diamond herself, and it promises to be a cabaret extravaganza.