Much-loved cabaret show stops in Port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The A-Z of Cabaret next Thurs­day QUEENS­LAND’S best-loved and long­est-run­ning cabaret show will be dock­ing in Port Dou­glas for one night next Thurs­day.

The A-Z of Cabaret is a whirl­wind tour of the his­tory of cabaret, from English mu­sic halls of the early 20th cen­tury to the daz­zling Las Ve­gas ball­rooms, de­tour­ing via the cob­ble­stoned streets of Paris and the smoky beer­halls of Ber­lin.

“Once again, it’s re­ally won­der­ful to have this co­op­er­a­tion with the Civic The­atre in Cairns,” show or­gan­iser John Bur­den said.

“It’s won­der­ful to wel­come them again af­ter the suc­cesses of last year.

“They al­ways send us re­ally good shows.”

The Bris­bane-based en­sem­ble have picked the eyes out of a cen­tury’s worth of cabaret num­bers, from Jac­ques Brel and Edith Piaf through Peter Allen and Bil­lie Hol­i­day to Frank Si­na­tra, the Doors and Aus­tralia’s own prophet of doom, Nick Cave.

“Like the court jesters of old, cabaret artists see ev­ery­thing as fair game,” per­former Ali­son St Ledger said.

“It’s a place to milk the sa­cred cows, it’s no-holds barred, it’s po­lit­i­cal, satir­i­cal, lyrical, mys­ti­cal and mu­si­cal, a place to lose your in­hi­bi­tions and en­ter a world of rev­e­la­tion and provo­ca­tion.”

Cabaret has en­joyed a hard-edged rib­ald re­vival in re­cent years (think Good News Week), but the A-Z of Cabaret is a fam­ily show, rated PG.

Tick­ets are $25, or $20 for mem­bers of DTAG, and are avail­able from Good­ies Cafe, Moss­man and Ori­gins Café, Grant Street, Port Dou­glas, or on­line at tick­etlink.com.au (plus book­ing fee).

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