Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett | Zaccaria & Dead Man Label

Image by Alistair Veryard

The talents on display in Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett recall the heyday of Victorian freak shows and carnival sideshows, but with a slight twist in which the gawking audience imparts a kind of power to the performer as they writhe, twist, and spin on stage. As the Ring Mistress, Bernie encourages a dissolution of barriers between the weirdness on show and that hidden in the audience for a rompy, rowdy night of sensual debauchery.

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Enemies of Grooviness Eat Shit | Performing Lines

Renowned sex clown Betty Grumble returns to the stage to explore big feelings of grief, love, and fear and the great tools of navigation: art, pleasure, and justice. Grooviness is a state of being in touch and in rhythm so Betty invites all those enemies of grooviness, perpetrators of gendered violence, violence against the Earth, and violence against the self, to dive into her eco-feminist compost heap to eat shit.

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Back to MA | Madem Productions

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We’ve all heard of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and maybe even Codependents Anonymous but this MA: Motherholics Anonymous. For all those people who just can’t separate themselves from their clingy, controlling mothers, MA is a safe space amongst fellow mother addicts.

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Isn’t It Queer? | Little Triangle

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Last year the icon Stephen Sondheim passed away and the loss was particularly felt amongst the queer theatre kids (and adults) who grew into themselves through the soundtrack of Sondheim’s love stories. In this celebration of the man’s legacy, Little Triangle present an honorary cabaret with a twist: sweeping, scalding, passionate love but no straights, only queer!

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Puppets | Panimo Pandemonium Festival

Image by Monique Harmer

Apps like Tinder and Bumble and Hinge were supposed to make dating easier but the plethora of fish in the digital sea hasn’t resulted in Liv’s happily ever after. But the dire state of heterosexuality doesn’t stop a girl from dreaming, living vicariously through love ballads, or anthropomorphising her puppet pals as deadbeat exes, now, does it?

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A Migrant’s Son | Riverside Theatres Digital

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Australia as we currently know it was built on the backs of wave after wave of immigrants; people who came to this newly colonised land for opportunities that often took the form of hard and thankless work. In A Migrant’s Son, performer Michaela Burger immortalises her immigrant family’s experience through songs that span countries, decades, and generations.

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Table for Six, Please! | Riverside Theatres Digital

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We’ve all heard about the dinner and a show night out but what about dinner as a show? Table for Six, Please! brings together some of Australia’s best female musical theatre talent for a celebration of standout leading lady characters from across the decades. From Elphaba to Velma to Muriel and Rhonda, there was bound to be a favourite number for everyone in this line-up.

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Welcome to the Masque | Riverside Theatres Digital

As Sydney slowly starts to re-open and theatres begin announcing their socially distanced programs, Genevieve Lemon and Max Lambert take an opportunity to reflect on lockdown with their favourite cabaret hits. Covering loneliness, baking, podcasts, and predictions for the future, Welcome to the Masque was a reintroduction to the simple love of performance in an altered reality.

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At Last: Elenoa Rokobaro Live in Concert | Red Line Productions

As the possibility of theatre re-openings peaks its head over the horizon, Red Line Productions have filled the Old Fitz audience with cameras for live (streamed) theatre again! The first production in this new socially distanced format is a concert from Elenoa Rokobaro featuring Paulini Curuenavuli and Nana Matapule. For an hour Rokobaro takes the audience through some soul and R&B greats with a splash of pop as she returns to her cabaret repertoire.

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Hans: Like a German | Eternity Playhouse

From the musical heritage of The Sound of Music (one border removed) comes a glittering, shimmying spectacle named Hans. Garbed in lederhosen, leotards, and leopard print, the German diva remixes some pop favourites with a polka twist for a night full of laughter and cheer.

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