Queensland Cabaret Festival 2022 Programme

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Queensland Cabaret Festival 2022 Queensland Cabaret Festival 2022

It's time to come up for art – the 2022 Queensland Cabaret Festival is coming this February, breathing new life into the cabaret canon and presenting a multitude of stories, creativity, and music.


The festival will take place across multiple venues, calling up from the depths the misfits, oddballs, eccentrics, the brilliant, bright, beautiful and bewildering.

Seeing off summer, the festivities begin at the start of February at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, with 'Invincible – The Helen Reddy Story' starring Nikki Bennett, followed by Reuben Kaye's 'The Kaye Hole'.

Then, across the river at Brisbane Powerhouse, 'Girl & Guitar' sees Kristy Apps, Pandora Karavan, Sabrina Lawrie, Jackie Marshall, Georgia Nielsen and Megan Samardan in a passionate rock affair. Also at the Powerhouse is Baby et Lulu, performing their 'Album Trois'.

Up at the Old Museum, cabaret-lovers can continue their festival frivolity as The Banter Brothers and Suicide Country Hour stir things up on a Saturday night, followed by a Sunday afternoon spectacular featuring French chanteuse Caroline Nin in 'Songs And Stories From The Paris Lido'. To bring the weekend to a close, cabaret artist/writer Matt Semple celebrates mothers, sisters, partners and self-identifying women in 'Hers'.

Over at West End, Metro Arts hosts a sweet, sour, salty night on the high seas of song with The Salty Sirens, and the tangled flavours of love with Leah Lever's 'Sweet Life'. Then it's a deep dive into the classical music worlds of Poulnec and Beethoven with Amber Evans, in 'La Voix Humaine', and Catalan troubadour Sanfeliu taking on Beethoven in 'Pathetic!'.

It's uke-apalooza with 'An Odd Evening With Tyrone And Lesley' and, after years of Melbourne lockdown, The Thin White Ukes are ready to rock with some Bowie.

Judith Wright Arts Centre plays host to shows like a cabaret-style reboot of 'For Honeyman Street' presented by Sean Sennet, as well as a comeback from To Sergio With Love.

The final week sees Melissa Western and Shenzo returning to the festival with 'Midnight And The Moody Shoes', followed by Queenie van de Zandt's new show 'Choose Your Own Adventure'. Babushka launch their 'Book Club', Megan Cooper channels Dolly Parton, Lizzie Flynn weaves musical magic in 'Stop The Clocks' and 'The Genius Of Joni Mitchell' is explored by Yani Mills, Alison St Ledger, Ingrid James, Karen Anderson and Laura James.

Queensland Cabaret Festival is on from 2-26 February.

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