Tickets for the inaugural Perth International Cabaret Festival (PICF) are now on sale!
Held at His Majesty's Theatre 19-27 June 2021, the spectacular program features talented cabaret artists from across the nation, including International cabaret diva sensation Meow Meow, the master of intricate guitar tapestries and textural arrangements Lior and exquisite Noongar singer Gina Williams and award-winning guitarist Guy Ghouse!
(PICF) was established in 2019 with the inaugural festival set to be staged this year! Audiences can expect a high-quality programme dedicated to the pure art form of cabaret that includes the full range of cabaret styles and honours many cultures and contributes to the great Australian storytelling landscape.
KOORLANGKA (children/legacy): REIMAGINED by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, complete with on stage smoking ceremony (a first for His Majesty's Theatre) and Welcome to Country, is programmed as the Opening Night event to the inaugural festival.
Perth International Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Michael Griffiths says it is only fitting that we begin the inaugural cabaret festival with stories from the world's oldest living culture. "Cabaret is all about story-telling, and Gina and Guy welcome you to sit at their campfire and share songs and stories, matched with rare Noongar language all to the glorious strings of the Dolce Ensemble and the piano genius of Russell Holmes," Griffiths said
"We are very excited by the programme for 2021. It's West, it's East, it's vibrant, it's fresh, it nods to the old and champions the new and I couldn't be prouder," he said.
The inaugural PICF has attracted high profile performers, an eclectic mix of artists and shows making their world or West Australian premiere as well as some favourites who are back in Perth by popular demand, including:
This performance sees one of Australia's most successful and respected singer/songwriters, backed by a string quartet and joined by emerging singer/songwriter Domini Forster, pre-viewing songs from 'Animal in Hiding' a new collaborative project. These songs, rooted in personal storytelling, involve intricate guitar tapestries and textural arrangements. Lior will also draw from his vast back catalogue of recordings, including his very successful 'Autumn Flow' album.
Get ready for post-post-modern diva Meow Meow to hypnotise, inspire and terrify as she has done to audiences globally with her unique creations and sell-out seasons from New York's Lincoln Center and Berlin's Bar Jeder Vernunft to London's West End and the Sydney Opera House. Named one of the "Top Performers of the Year" by The New Yorker, Meow Meow has been called "sensational" (The Times, UK) and a "phenomenon by the Australian press.
Helpmann Award winner and Downstairs at the Maj repeat offender Michael Griffiths, has dusted off his LPs and perused his one-man shows to curate a solid gold line-up of his favourite tunes for your listening pleasure. From Madonna to Cole Porter, Kylie Minogue to A-ha, Eurythmics to the Violent Femmes, every song's a feel-good winner, with a three-piece band.
Join this powerhouse duo for a loud, proud, raucous celebration of our original Australian Pop & Rock Divas. In both a 'vibrant and vital' (Advertiser) exploration of life in the 1960s, hear the thoroughly entertaining stories and songs that blazed the trails for generations of women to come. With music from Lynne Randell, Little Patti, Judy Stone, Marcie Jones, Wendy Saddington, Margret Roadknight, and more, it's an uplifting homage that brings these 60s Singers into their rightful place in music history!
Australian icon, political activist and living legend, Carlotta has led an extraordinary life: good times, bum times, she's seen them all my dear, she's still here. Announcing her retirement this year on her 78th birthday, this is your very last chance to see her under the bright lights of the stage where she has wreaked havoc for almost 60 years.
What do a Global pandemic, tinder date from hell and a primary school cleaner have in common with a Drag Queen? Well, you're about to find out as Perth Drag performer Dean Misdale takes you on a reality shaking behind the scenes look of what it really takes to be a QUEEN and survive life's twist and turns amongst the glamour filled world of DRAG.
From immigrant's daughter to Hollywood's first Chinese movie star to international style icon, Anna May Wong's career spanned silent film, talkies, Broadway, cabaret and television before she was thwarted by alcoholism and an industry unwilling to see past her Asian face. Fiona Choi (The Family Law, The Letdown, Golden Shield) captivates as Anna May in an intimate performance as she travels through Anna May's past and tackles her demons.
Noongar Singer Gina Williams and collaborator, guitarist Guy Ghouse have brought wondrous musical journeys to audiences across the world by connecting them through the power of music. Join Gina and Guy in the intimate space of Downstairs at the Maj to witness the beautiful renaissance of language through song.
The innocent, the nymphet, the groupie and the wh*re collide in a mess of no-holds-barred comedy, rock'n'roll, and signature scathing wit. Perth's cult favourite comedy-cabaret riot grrrl is ruining all her own - and your dad's - favourite songs, calling out their singers' underage backstage exploits, and delving into the wonderful world of 1970s groupie culture.
From ABC's hit TV series Black Comedy Steven brings his critically acclaimed cabaret show direct from Sydney Opera House. Weaving comedy and contemplation through stories of love and loss, Oliver mines his own life to reflect on fame, friendship and the power of music (accompanied by Michael Griffiths).
Award-winning West End leading lady Lucy Williamson presents an evening of Judy Garland's songs, stories and iconic personality. Fresh from playing a successful critically acclaimed run as Judy Garland in the Boy From Oz at Crown Theatre, she is joined by Music Director Joe Louis Robinson on piano, recreating and reimagining the legendary songbook.
A multi-award-winning cabaret tale of the legendary French singer Edith Piaf. A breath-taking show that features Piaf's classics punctuated with a collection of extraordinary stories of Piaf's life.
A show all about love. Songs that make us swoon, songs that remind of someone special and songs that remind us that self-love is the most important type of all! Prepare to wear your heart on your sleeve and be taken on a deep dive through the funniest, saddest and most uplifting aspects of love.
A chronological journey of a career lasting 50 years, Rick Steele has been an audience favourite in WA, in his homeland NZ and around the world. Hear never before told tales of rock 'n' roll life on the road, mixed up with stunning originals and classic covers.
BOOBS is a ground-breaking tale of mammary proportions that follows one woman and her two boobs through a life-changing decision, a million opinions, a natural disaster and an 'Australian first'.
Celebrating 40 years in music Louise Anton's soaring vocal range, melodic piano style, personal interpretations and stories, both funny and poignant, are interwoven with classics from Burt Bacharach, Barbra Streisand, Nina Simone and Billy Joel to contemporary hits and her own outstanding original compositions.
Celebrating 20 years in showbiz, this downstairs favourite is back with a brand-new show; an intimate evening of story and song, sharing all the best (and sometimes worst) bits of a life spent on the road.
A revolving stage, Downstairs at the Maj of visiting and local cabaret artists where no two shows are ever the same. Drop in, you never know who you might see!
Early bookings are advised as places are strictly limited.To plan your visit, please see www.perthcabaret.com.au