A night of cabaret should have a few key ingredients: glamour, charisma, prodigious vocals, and winged eyeliner so sharp it could slice your face off. Each year the Adelaide Cabaret Festival delivers all of this and more night-after-night throughout June. After all, what’s better than just one night of cabaret? Sixteen consecutive nights of the magical entertainment, of course! Lucky for us, the renowned festival will be returning to Radelaide in a cabaret revolution.
June is the month to cabaret here in Adelaide, and from the 9th–24th, The Adelaide Festival Centre will host the internationally-celebrated festival for the 17th year running. Having established itself as the largest cabaret festival in the world, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival is growing in excellence and popularity each year. If you’re looking for some outrageous comedy, powerhouse vocals, or an all-round fabulous night out, then you’re bound to find what you’re looking for within this year’s program, equipped with 147 performances from 430 artists.
Artistic Directors, Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect have unveiled a striking repertoire of acts with enough sparkle and sass to shake off your winter blues.
“[We] have assembled a glorious roster of artists who are here to upset the apple cart, shift your perspective, turn over the tables and stain your glad rags with their infectious world-view,” Perfect said in the event’s official program.
Making his debut to this year’s festival is the iconic Alan Cumming in his aptly named show, Alan Cumming Sings Snappy Songs. This raucous one-man show is set to deliver renowned pop songs and stage classics through vivacious and witty reinterpretations.
While we’re on the topic of international superstars, the program also features Grammy award winner and jazz diva Dianne Reeves and UK comedy queen Bridget Everett—two vastly different performers that highlight female talent in powerful and purposeful styles.
Two of cabaret’s biggest scenes will combine in the drag-crossed-burlesque show, Close Encounters by Briefs. This Brisbane boy-lesque group are bound to put us, our skills walking in heels, and our athletic abilities to shame in their circus/strip/physical theatre/cabaret/drag performance. Also challenging the stereotypes of masculinity and taste will be star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Courtney Act, in The Girl From Oz and Adelaide Fringe favourite, Reuben Kaye, in Journey to the Centre of Attention.
In the event’s official program, McGregor revealed that the versatile and revolutionary program has been carefully crafted to promote open-mindedness through cabaret.
“We have programmed great story-tellers, acts that present an entirely different world view to our own, performers that challenge our perception of physicality, gender and aesthetics, new original writing, and some of the best songbook interpreters in the world,” McGregor said.
Ripples of excitement are also forming at the news that the Wintergarden will be relocating from its previous Terrace home to the River Deck outside the Dunstan Playhouse. This allows for a sweeping view of the River Torrens, Adelaide Oval and the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent (Adelaide Convention Centre lawns) alike—a fitting view for such a magical event.
Explore new venues, discover new artists, and celebrate cabaret icons in an upturning, challenging, and delightful cabaret revolution. The Adelaide Cabaret Festival isn’t one to miss this winter—trust us.
View the full program here.
What: The Adelaide Cabaret Festival
When: 9 – 24 June 2017
Where: The Adelaide Festival Centre
Header via The Adelaide Cabaret Festival website.