By Lauren Reid
Last updated on: May 28, 2018 at 12:13 pm
Since it started back in 2001, Adelaide Cabaret Festival has quickly made a name for itself for showcasing the best of Australian – and international – cabaret stars as well as providing a platform for emerging talent. This year’s festival, under the directorship of Ali McGregor, is no different.
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1. Variety Gala, Friday 8 June
Celebrate opening night by sampling a smorgasbord of acts from the festival. It’s one of the most popular events of the festival, so get your tickets early to avoid missing out.
RAA members: book your Variety Gala tickets here (no promo code needed).
2. Glorious Misfits, Friday 8 – Monday 11 June
Festival Director Ali McGregor has handpicked her favourite burlesque and circus acts from around the world – including plate-spinners, jugglers and acrobats – to surprise and delight in this modern-day vaudeville showcase.
RAA members: book your Glorious Misfits tickets here (no promo code needed).
3. Family Gala, Saturday 9 June
Cabaret doesn’t usually have a kid-friendly reputation, but the Cabaret Festival’s Family Gala is the exception to the rule. So, why not take your littlies out for an afternoon of singalongs and surprises and introduce them to the wonderful world of theatre?
RAA members: book your Family Gala tickets here (no promo code needed).
4. Bosom Buddies, Sunday 10 & Monday 11 June
Nancye Hayes and Todd Mckenney are two of Australia’s leading musical theatre stars and this year they’re teaming up to share insights into their supremely successful careers.
RAA members: book your Bosom Buddies tickets here (no promo code needed).
5. Orange is the New Black’s Big Boo, Monday 11 June
Lea DeLaria may be best known as Big Boo on Orange is the New Black, but she’s bringing a whole lot of laughs with her to Adelaide in this sassy political cabaret.
RAA members: book your Lea Delaria tickets here (no promo code needed).
6. Mark Holden’s Greatest Show on Earth, Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 June
Some of you might remember him as Countdown’s ‘Carnation Kid’, and others might only know him for giving out ‘touchdowns’ on Australian Idol. Either way, you won’t want to miss Mark Holden sharing his stories, interwoven with tales of his family’s once-famous travelling circus.
RAA members: book your Mark Holden tickets here (no promo code needed).
7. Joanne Hartstone, Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 June
Joanne Hartstone plays Evie Edwards, an aspiring actress who’ll take audiences on a journey back in time to explore the darker side of Hollywood’s golden age.
RAA members: Book your Joanne Hartstone tickets here (no promo code needed).
8. Them There Eyes, Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 June
The theme of 2018’s Cabaret Festival is ‘eyes open’, and this show hones in on what that means to four of Australia’s most exciting genre-blending musicians. From beatbox to loop pedals, this show is jazz, but not as you know it.
RAA members: book your tickets for Them There Eyes here (no promo code needed).
9. The Legend of Queen Kong Episode II in Outer Space, Friday 22 & Saturday 23 June
Inspired by the big question of what it really means to be human, cabaret diva Yana Alana takes her mythological rock-ape character, Queen Kong, on a journey into outer space. Who knows, maybe neo-punk space fiction could be just what you needed to get into the cabaret groove.
RAA members: book your Queen Kong tickets here (no promo code needed).
10. Off the Top, Friday 22 & Saturday 23 June
Not convinced cabaret is your thing? This might actually be just the show for you. Jason Kravits performs a unique mix of comedy, music and improvisation to play on the genre’s biggest tropes.
RAA members: book your Off the Top tickets here (no promo code needed).
11. Nosferatutu, Friday 22 & Saturday 23 June
Ballet blood bath, anyone? That’s just some of the craziness you can expect in this tongue-in-cheek show as you journey through some of history’s most beautiful arias. There’ll also be plenty of vaudeville tricks and cabaret swing.
RAA members: book your Nosferatutu tickets here (no promo code needed).
12. Winter Soulstice, Saturday 23 June
The Winter Soulstice is the last hurrah of the Cabaret Festival, so get your sequins out and celebrate with Director Ali McGregor hosting performers from throughout the festival.
RAA members: book your Winter Soulstice tickets here (no promo code needed).