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Mother's Ruin: Melbourne Cabaret Festival - Review

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Embrace the 'holy spirit'
Don't miss Mother's Ruin on now at The Butterfly Club until Sunday19 June. Book your tickets here
Mother's Ruin, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Butterfly Club, Four Pillars Gin, Lady Sings Better, Anthea Williams, Maeve Marsden, Libby Wood, Blackcat Productions, Jeremy Brennan, Ginstress
Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood in Mother's Ruin


Mother's Ruin opened on Tuesday night at the Butterfly Club to a sold out audience desperate to know about how a tiny and insignificant berry evolved into a worldwide alcoholic phenomena.

If you're like many Melburnians who appreciate a 'medicinal' without a care for its origin or significance, then this show will help you justify that next sneaky 'G&T' downed after a heated meeting with your manager.

Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood present as two buxom barmaids out of 18th century London, surviving the industrial era by drinking copious amounts of gin. It's not an addiction, it's a necessity; and these lassies aren't afraid to let you know it, by belting out gutsy gospel, jazz and blues classics that transport you from London, to American 'prohibition' via the Amazon jungle.

Piano man Jeremy Brennan brings the house down with a good old Billy Joel style singalong and for a moment we are transported to a speak-easy in New York, under the influence of the 'holy spirit'.

Mother's Ruin is not just a cabaret, it's an education exposing the dark history of gin and its multiple uses: treating malaria, curing fevers and misery. It turns out that gin is good for us after all! So let's drink to that!

My favourite piece of the night was the acapella rendition of 'Hymn to Her' by The Pretenders. So forget what you mother told you about this humble substance, and take her to Mother's Ruin before it's too late!
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Why? Embrace the humble spirit of gin
When: 8:30 pm, Tuesday to Sunday
Phone: 0396638107
Where: Carson Place, off Little Collins St, Melbourne Vic, 3000
Cost: $ 27.00 - $ 50.00 (includes Mother's Ruin cocktail)
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