7 acts you must see at Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019!

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019 kicks off this Friday 7 June and runs until Saturday 22 June. We’ve selected 7 acts with a French link for you to see across 8 different shows.


You may not know but this year’s Artistic Director is Julia Zemiro, who we not only know and love from RockWiz but who was actually born in France and is not just Australian but French!


You can catch Julia Zemiro in a few shows at Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019 including The House is Live, which is the opening night gala spectacular which is going to be held at a new Adelaide Cabaret Festival venue: The Thebarton Theatre. Also at The House if Live you will find Meow Meow performing for her only appearance at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019– she sings in English, German and French and entertains breaking down any language barriers.

Also appearing at The House is Live are festival favourite Paul Capsis, Reuben Kaye, Queenie van de Zandt, Omar Musa, Nkechi Anele, Alma Zygier, Mitchell Butel and Maude Davey.



Julia’s character Bronya, born out of Eurovision, will also make a comeback at Bronya’s Variety Hour nightly from 13 to 15 June.



Julia Zemiro is also bringing back the gang for RockWiz salutes the Rock Musical on the closing weekend of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival on 21 June.



New York based jazz ensemble The Hot Sardines perform two shows at Adelaide Cabaret Festival in their only Australian shows. The French link? Their artistic director, singer and writer Elizabeth Bougerol, who was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris and grew up in France, the Ivory Coast and Canada. The ensemble’s songs are in English, French and occasionally German. The Hot Sardines perform on the Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019’s opening weekend: 7 and 8 June.



Socalled is a multi-platform artist who is based in Montreal, Quebec. He will be performing two shows of Socallled sings Yiddish with Zephyr String Quartet. Expect to hear songs from the Yiddish Theatre, Klezmer, Hassidic melodies, folksong, songs from the Holocaust and some new originals. Socalled performs on 15 and 16 June.



Anna May Wong was Hollywood’s first Chinese movie star. She had a career which traversed silent film, talkies, Broadway, cabaret and television. She also learned French and performed in France and acted in French films. Dragon Lady: The many lives and deaths of Anna May Wong explores Anna May Wong’s past and her demons all the while looking at cultural identity issues and the price of ambition. Dragon Lady has only two performances at Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019: on 7 and 8 June.



Ute Lemper’s Rendezvous with Marlene reflects on the life and career of Marlene Deitrich in her performance based on a telephone call the two of them had when Lemper’s career was just beginning. While Ute Lemper was German born, she won the Molière award for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in the first Paris production of Cabaret. Marlene Dietrich too had a successful career in Paris, which was also where she spent her last days before passing away in May 1992. One show only which is on 8 June.



Fresh from getting Australia a top 10 place at Eurovision last month, Kate Miller-Heidke will perform one show only at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019. Looking for the French link? Kate lived in France and is fluent in French. See Kate on 22 June.



Who are you going to see at this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019?

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