Matt’s Top Adelaide Cabaret Picks

It’s the show international stars want to be part of. The Adelaide Cabaret is the biggest and best festival of its kind in Australia. The two-week event once again turns on the party only a couple of months after Mad March attracted punters from around the globe to witness the Adelaide Fringe, the Festival, Womadelaide and Clipsal 500 Adelaide. Held in June, CabFest warms our hearts with moments of truth, beauty and humanity. And there is no better guide than Adelaide entertainment guru Matt Gilbertson, whose alter ego Hans is no stranger to the stage, to take us through this premium winter event and its highlights


Alan Cumming — Sings Sappy Songs (UK)
Olivier and Tony-award winning actor, singer and author Alan Cumming makes his CabFest debut with this raucous one-man show.
Her Majesty’s Theatre, June 11

Black — Le Gateau Chocolat (UK)
In this intimate and confessional show, Le Gateau Chocolat’s repertoire ranges from Wagner and Purcell to Nina Simone and Whitney Houston to relate his hopes, his fears and his struggle with depression.
Dunstan Playhouse, June 22 & 23

Bourgeois & Maurice — How To Save The World Without Really Trying (UK)
A smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, this critically acclaimed feast for the eyes is like a Kanye gig with a smaller budget but bigger egos.
Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, June 14 & 15

Bridget Everett — Pound It! (US)
Don’t miss the force of nature that is comedian and alt-cabaret star Bridget Everett when she brings her glorious voice and ballsy cabaret to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Dunstan Playhouse, June 9 & 10

Briefs — Close Encounters (AUS)
Combine the traditions of circus, the extremities of physical theatre, the artistry of drag, the bravado of burlesque, the debauchery of speak-easies and the showmanship of cabaret and you have Briefs’ spaced-out brand of boy-lesque.
Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, June 9-11

Catherine Alcorn — Cathartic (AUS)
Catherine’s intimate new show sizzles with craftily concocted interpretations of songs by our decade’s demigods that boldly blur between rock and rap, blues and bluegrass, Blondie to Beyonce.
Space Theatre, June 23 & 24

Courtney Act — The Girl From Oz (AUS)
Star of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Australian Idol, Courtney Act burns through the hits from AC/DC to Xanadu, while casually camping on both sides of the gender divide.CabaretLife_3
Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, June 16 & 18

Dillie Keane — Hello Dillie (UK)
After 33 years of social and political satire with her musical cabaret trio, Fascinating Aïda, this old trouper extraordinaire is flying solo with a fond look back on her love’s labours lost.
Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, June 9-11

Effie — The Virgin Bride (AUS)
Youse are all invited to the mother of all weddings to witness Australia’s favourite Greek goddess gain a husband and lose a cherry.
Her Majesty’s Theatre, June 21 & 22

Kim David Smith — Morphium Kabarett (AUS)
It’s David Bowie meets Marlene Dietrich with a little Peter Allen on the side.
Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, June 17 & 18

Michael Feinstein — Sinatra and Friends (US)
Paying tribute to Frank Sinatra and his friends, Feinstein will draw on inspiration from his own close personal friendships such as Liza Minnelli, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Sammy Davis Jr, and many others.
Her Majesty’s Theatre, June 23

Michael Griffiths — Lucky: Songs by Kylie (AUS)
First Madonna. Then Annie Lennox. Now, Helpmann Award-winner Michael Griffiths and writer/director Dean Bryant reunite to explore the songs, stories and locomotion of our very own impossible princess, Kylie Minogue.
Space Theatre, June 9-11

Peter & Bambi Heaven — The Magic Inside (AUS)
Imagine if David Copperfield and Claudia Schiffer were from the Gold Coast, now roll them in sequins, set them on fire and you’re almost there.
Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, June 23 & 24

Strange Bedfellows — Bedlam (AUS)
Underfunded, over-lubricated and outrageous, Australian opera’s enfants terribles present more lithium-laced musical shock therapy backed by Daryl ‘Daggers’ Wallis on keyboard.
Artspace, June 23 & 24

Tina Del Twist — Gold Class (AUS)
A genius comic invention of multi-talented Wes Snelling, the velvet draped Tina del Twist has a voice as smooth as honey and a wit that could shred brie.
Artspace, June 15 & 16