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Shanghai Mimi

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
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Chinese jazz of the 1930s
Sydney Festival, Parramatta, multicultural, music, theatre, jazz, circus, acrobatics
Shanghai comes to Parramatta (image JW)


A Sydney Festival event at Riverside Theatres, Shanghai Mimi is bringing a touch of glamour and jazz to Parramatta this January. The show is a multicultural collaboration of multi-talented performers.

Parramatta, theatre, jazz, circus, cabaret, multicultural
Photo credit Yang Xiaohuo


This world premiere was enthralling with an enchanting blend of Chinese jazz, singing, dancing and hijinks. The Riverside Theatre was transformed into a sumptuous vintage Shanghai nightclub of the 1930s, resplendent with over 100 red lanterns. Celebrations were in full swing for the approaching New Year as the live band played an upbeat fusion of Chinese folk music, blues and jazz. For 75 minutes, we are transported to the "Paris of the East" which is overseen by the diva hostess Shanghai Mimi, played by indie music performer Sophie Koh.

Sydney Festival, Parramatta, acrobatics, circus, family, nightlife, cabaret
Amazing acrobats (image Prudence Upton)


The set design and costumes were beautiful and evocative of earlier times. The gold sequined jacketed ensemble performed with great skill, flair and aplomb and touches of humour. The occasional recognisable songs such as Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, Auld Lang Syneand Sing, Sing, Sing increased the sense of nostalgia as did the Chinese ballads for many in the audience.

Sydney Festival, Parramatta, multicultural, circus, theatre, cabaret, aerialist
Thrills for all (image Prudence Upton)


Shanghai Mimi is a unique very enjoyable, family friendly and entertaining in a heartwarming way.

Cabaret, circus, music, dancing, Sydney Festival, Parramatta
Plenty of fun (image JW)


The writer was a guest of Sydney Festival.
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Why? Cabaret with a twist
When: Thu 10 January 8pm (Preview), Fri 11 January 8pm (Preview), Sat 12 January 8pm, Sun 13 January 5pm, Tue 15 January 8pm, Wed 16 January 8pm, (SMH Q&A), Thu 17 January 8pm, Fri 18 January 6pm & 9pm, Sat 19 January 2.30pm & 8pm, Sun 20 January 5pm.
Phone: 1300 856 876
Where: Riverside Theatres corner of Market & Church Street Parramatta
Cost: $36-$66 plus booking fee
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