Pictured: Emma Dean (Broken Romantics:  A Unicorn’s Quest for Love)

The Melbourne Cabaret Festival is celebrating a milestone this year, reaching its first decade. 

Hosting the event at Chapel Off Chapel from the 19 to 30 June 2019. This year’s event will feature new shows and award-winning performers, and offer some of the best cabaret in Australia.

Leading cabaret artists, Drew Downing and Sally Bourne are the 2019 Melbourne Cabaret Festival Ambassadors. Drew Downing speaks enthusiastically about the festival, “The Melbourne Cabaret Festival is the perfect place to trial original works and this year is no exception.”

Sally Bourne says, “I was privileged to be one of the headline acts at the inaugural Melbourne Cabaret Festival 10 years ago and since then have watched the festival grow and continue to present some of the best talent around.”

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Executive producers David Read and Neville Sice said “We have always had a love of cabaret, and when we first launched the Festival ten years ago, we had no idea that it would be such a success. It has been a privilege to launch so many new shows that have gone onto national success. We have nurtured performers, both emerging and established – we believe in home-grown artists and will always champion their talent”.

Highlights from the Festival include:

  • Crazy Arms, a few centuries of piano tinkering - Performed by Damon Smith, this show presents a preposterously zany musical adventure from the birth of the piano in 1709 through to the 20th century.

  • Creatures of the Deep - Creatures of the Deep is a documentary style cabaret set under the sea. With the help of our Jacques Cousteau-esque narrator you will be taken on a journey beneath the surface to meet a plethora of beautiful, wild sea creatures who are given a voice to share their unique perspective beneath the waves.  Winner Best Cabaret Melbourne Fringe. 

  • Broken Romantics:  A Unicorn’s Quest for Love - Emma Dean has drawn many songs together to make a magical ‘mixed tape’ of broken romantic memories, with each song a unique story told through the bizarre and enchanting lens of this self-confessed “F*%king Unicorn”. 

Don't miss out on the long list of acts and performers for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival this June!


Dates: 19 June - 30 June 2019

Location: Chapel Off Chapel - 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran

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