Sat, Jul 2


Highlights of the Queensland Cabaret Festival

Gifted to the world from Paris, cabaret is an ode to musical storytelling. Sometimes sensual and always plenty of fun, this diverse genre is a captivating blend of music, dance, drama and comedy. To better acquaint yourself with this artform, see some of the highlights of this year’s Queensland Cabaret Festival.

Paul Kelly and Camille O’Sullivan: Ancient Rain

If you thought cabaret was all about smoke-filled rooms and corsets, think again. In a celebration of song and storytelling, acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly has teamed up with Irish chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan to produce Ancient Rain. The mesmerising performance pays tribute to W.B. Yeats and other great Irish poets, through original songs, spoken word and simply staged moments.

13 June at QPAC

Seven on Sinatra

While the festival is bringing a host of international talent to Brisbane, this show is all about local songstresses. Starring Liz Buchanan, Jo Doyle, Jacqui Devereux, Bethan Ellsmore, Lizzie Moore, Claire Walters and Melissa Western, Seven on Sinatra (pictured) celebrates the legendary Frank Sinatra. There will also be dancers and a big swing band, as songs including Night and Day, I’ve Got you Under My Skin and Strangers in the Night are performed live.

2 June at Brisbane Powerhouse

Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon a Star  

Bill Frisell infuses the festival with his revered style of jazz. The legendary guitarist and composer will perform alongside vocalist Petra Haden, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Rudy Royston for a unique performance. As well as playing the classics he is loved for, Frisell will also showcase music from his latest album, When You Wish Upon a Star. The album saw him reinterpret some of cinema’s most iconic pieces. If you’ve ever wondered how a jazz musician would play the music from Hitchcock’s Psycho, this is your chance to see Frisell do so.

9 June at QPAC

The Really Real Housewife of Surfers Paradise

Chances are you have met someone like Mercedes DeLuca-Jones. Fabulous and filthy rich, she’s living her best life. Or is she? When reality show The Real Housewives of Surfers Paradise is looking for talent, Mercedes feels like it’s the missing piece of her life. See whether she makes the final cast in the comedy cabaret The Really Real Housewife of Surfers Paradise. More than a story of narcissism, it’s a tale of a mid-life crisis shrouded in glitz and glamour.

2 June at Brisbane Powerhouse

Felix Riebl: In Your Arms

As the front man of The Cat Empire, Felix Riebl is one of Australia’s most accomplished songwriters and musicians. Since the release of his debut solo album Into the Rain in 2011, he’s become a soloist in his own right too. See him perform new solo works as well as memorable songs from The Cat Empire as part of his In Your Arms national tour.

2 June at Brisbane Powerhouse

In the Warm Room: The Music of Kate Bush 1978–1980

After the success of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust at last year’s festival, Electric Moon returns with In the Warm Room: The Music of Kate Bush 1978–1980. Eight performers will celebrate the work of Kate Bush in a live performance complete with a ten-piece band. Fans will hear songs from the albums The Kick Inside, Lionheart and Never for Ever, reliving the artistry of Bush’s music and layered lyrics.

9 June at Brisbane Powerhouse

Alan Cumming

A storyteller and provocateur, Alan Cumming is known for his comedic streak. The award-winning entertainer returns to Australia with his vaudevillian brand of comedy, promising mischief, show tunes and life-affirming laughs. He will be joined on stage by Emmy Award-winning musical director Lance Horne and accompanied by an Australian band.

15 June at Brisbane Powerhouse

Queensland Cabaret Festival, 1–15 June
QPAC, Brisbane Powerhouse and Queensland Multicultural Centre
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