10 shows with French links at Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 starts in a month and we’re excited about the program which has plenty of French links. The Artistic Director for 2022 is Australian Francophile, Tina Arena who has curated an enticing program. Read on to discover the 10 shows with French links.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022

 

Louise Blackwell – Love on the Left Bank

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 - Louise Blackwell
Image: Claudio Raschella

ONE SHOW ONLY 17 JUNE

FRENCH LINK: A celebration of a French singer Juliette Gréco by Adelaide’s favourite singer of French chanson, Louise Blackwell. This is the Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 show with the strongest French link.

Celebrated actress and singer, Louise Blackwell, brings to life the story of French singer, Juliette Gréco. Set in post-war Paris, Blackwell performs songs which evoke the joy and revelry of liberation from German occupation as it occurred in the legendary underground clubs of Saint Germain des Prés, in this remarkable reimagining of Gréco’s extraordinary life.

 

At the age of 16, after weeks of brutality and Imprisonment by the Nazi regime, Gréco found refuge in this bohemian quarter and was adopted by a spectacular community of artists, writers and philosophers who encouraged her to become a singer. Gréco embodied the spirit of rebellion and freedom and is still known today as the muse of Saint Germain des Prés.

 

Songs my mother taught me

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 Artistic Director Tina Arena
Image: Jai Vasicek

YOUR ONLY CHANCE TO SEE TINA ARENA PERFORM THIS ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL

TWO SHOWS ONLY 24 & 25 JUNE

FRENCH LINKS:
Tina Arena who has spent much of the last decade living in France, has released several French language albums and has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite

Wendy Matthews, is Australian-Canadian born in French speaking in Quebec – listen to her French version of On the Day you went away – it will transport you

Tina Arena stars alongside musical luminaries Wendy Matthews, Lior, Thando, Jess Hitchcock and Sophie Koh in an intimate evening of song and storytelling shaped by families and linked generations. This is a unique night of vibrant performance, heartfelt story, musical tradition and shared experience. Don’t miss this exclusive, world premiere performance celebrating culture and legacy.

 

With arrangements inspired by family, and culminating in a moving performance by Arena herself – join us in celebrating the good, the funny, and the real.

 

Victoria Falconer – And there you go – The Vali Myers Project

Image: Liz Ham

TWO SHOWS ONLY 24 & 25 JUNE

A Frank Ford Commission

FRENCH LINK: Vali Myers travelled to post-war Paris in 1949 to purse a dance career but found herself homeless living in Saint Germain des Pres instead. She features heavily in a photographical book called Love on the Left Bank (note the show of the same name also in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival program that we mentioned above) by Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken.

Vali Myers. The flame-haired bohemian. The wild dancer. The visionary artist. The hermit witch, tattooing her own face. Driven by a relentless creative spirit, Myers defied all social constructs to live on her own terms.

 

Cabaret, circus, dance, and theatre combine as an ensemble of incredible multi-disciplinary performers and musicians retell the story of one of history’s most infamous cult figures,

 

And Then You Go takes us from the jazz clubs of 50s Paris to the hallways of the Chelsea Hotel in the 70s, and the studio-squats of 90s Melbourne. Created by award-winning artist Victoria Falconer, this is a flamboyant, visceral show full of bold original songs, with Myers’ remarkable life as inspiration.

 

Meow Meow’s Pandemonium with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 - Meow Meow
Image: Prudence Upton

ONE SHOW ONLY: 18 June

FRENCH LINK: Meow Meow specialises in French chanson among others

International siren and comedienne extraordinaire Meow Meow is accompanied by the full force of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Buc, for a glorious performance of subversive and sublime entertainment and joyful orchestrated chaos.

 

Join the queen of song for an unforgettable evening of music and mayhem. Meow Meow’s Pandemonium is bursting with Piazzolla tangos, Weill, Brecht, and even Radiohead – alongside original chansons by Meow Meow, Iain Grandage, and Thomas M Lauderdale of Pink Martini.

 

Oliver Twist – Jali

Image: Tom Gilligan

THREE SHOWS: 23, 24 & 25 JUNE

FRENCH LINK: Oliver Twist comes from Rwanda, where French is spoken, among other languages

Refusing to be defined by a turbulent past, comedian and performer Oliver Twist reflects on his time as a refugee while carefully unpacking his present-day experiences. Delicately told and impossible to forget, his one-person show proves that exceptional storytelling and belly-aching laughter are powerful antidotes to trauma. 

 

Moving from Rwanda to Brisbane in 2014, Twist is one of Australia’s most exciting young comedians. A RAW national finalist, he has opened for Wil Anderson and Becky Lucas, and performed alongside the likes of Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. A sharp-witted storyteller, Twist is an electrifying, one-of-a-kind young talent. Jali is a vibrant journey that patiently demonstrates there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

 

A Slightly Isolated Dog – Don Juan

Image: Andi Crown

THREE SHOWS: 10, 11 and 12 JUNE

FRENCH LINK: The performers are all pretending to be French in this version of Don Juan

Also, Don Juan was co-created by Philippe who studied at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Étampes, France

Don Juan is the boldest and greatest of men, seducing, fighting, and charming his way through life. He does whatever he likes, and to hell with the consequences – when was the last time we approached the art of seduction so boldly?

 

Revel in the ludicrously sexy tale of the original master of seduction, as a gaggle of “French” performers bring together brilliant physical comedy, twisted pop songs, and explosive wit to create a hilarious and irreverent show, directed by the award-winning Leo Gene Peters.

 

Imogen Kelly – La Grande Folie

Image: Leslie Liu

ONE SHOW ONLY: 17 June

FRENCH LINIK: A Marie Antoinette inspired act called “Let them Eat Cake!”.

Imogen Kelly, Australia’s Queen of Burlesque performs her show stopping, jaw dropping, award winning acts from the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Whether swinging from a chandelier, dancing in feathers in the jungle, or taking you to the moon and back, Kelly is mesmerising. Journey through Kelly’s most fabulous acts, performed together for the first time, including her sumptuous, world-famous “Let them Eat Cake!”.

 

Hayden Tee – Bad Guy

Image: Kurt Sneddon

ONE SHOW ONLY: 19 June

FRENCH LINK: Singing French villain Javert (Les Misérables)

Spend a wicked night with one of Broadway and the West End’s brightest stars, Hayden Tee (Ngāti Kahungunu), in this showstopping musical flirtation with the devil.

 

With exquisite live accompaniment, Hayden twists and turns, peeling back the layers from some of musical theatre’s most loathsome, from universally renowned villains Miss Trunchbull (Matilda) to Javert (Les Misérables).

 

Experience an unforgettable musical deep dive into the bad guys of fiction, as Hayden shares his own journey of lifting the colonial cloak of shame and proudly embracing his own Takatāpui identity.

 

Cirque Bon Bon

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 - Cirque Bon Bon
Image: Disclose Media

NIGHTLY FROM 15-18 JUNE

FRENCH LINK: The show’s host Mario speaks French fluently and the producer of the show lived in France for 2 years and has a lot of time in Montreal

Cirque Bon Bon fuses mind-bending contortion, aerial artistry, incredible dancers, and death-defying acrobatic feats jam packed into one night of playful wonder. From Broadway to the West End, Las Vegas to Cirque Du Soleil, Cirque Bon Bon is the best of the best – hosted by world renowned comedy emcee: Mario, Queen of the Circus!

 

Amelia Ryan, Michaela Burger and Michael Griffiths – Simply Brill – The Women who defined rock n roll

Simply Brill - Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022
Image: Claudio Raschella

THREE SHOWS ONLY 10 & 11 June – ONE ALREADY SOLD OUT

FRENCH LINK: Michaela Burger speaks fluent French and wrote and performed in a successful show about Edith Piaf, Exposing Piaf

Join a stellar cast of Adelaide’s acclaimed cabaret artists, as they celebrate the golden age of rock’n’roll, sexual revolution, and the leaps and bounds of women’s liberation. In a time when men were the producers, promoters, and piano players – women weren’t given a place, so they made one for themselves.

 

Number 1619 Broadway – the ‘Brill Building’- was the heart of New York’s music scene in the 1960s. It housed some of history’s most prolific female songwriters, including the magnificent Carole King, Cynthia Weil, and Ellie Greenwich. With hits such as ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow?’, ‘You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling’, and ‘Leader of the Pack’, their songs gave voice to an entire generation.

  

KEY INFO FOR ADELAIDE CABARET FESTVAL 2022

WHAT: Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022

WHEN: 10 – 25 June 2022

WHERE: Adelaide Festival Centre venues

HOW: Purchase your tickets via the event links above

HOW MUCH: Prices vary depending on the event.

 

Which shows are you looking forward to seeing at Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022?

 

For other events with French links, take a look at our article What’s on in May

 

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Beckett’s invites you to The Brainstorm: a celebration of Victor Hugo and French food and its first birthday

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Enjoy a five course French meal with a 20-minute performance exploring Victor Hugo’s writing with The Brainstorm at Beckett’s next Thursday, 24 March 2022. Victor Hugo is best known as the author of Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Beckett's Theatre vignettes The Brainstorm

Hugo, at work alone in his studio, brainstorms the essential ingredients of a ripping yarn which will become his next best-selling novel.  He conjures up a cast of characters, spicing their relationships with betrayal, obsession, love, sacrifice, and a good dash of skullduggery 

 

Who is Beckett’s?

Beckett’s bravely opened its doors almost one year ago, on 24 March 2021 during COVID. Named after Wendy Beckett, acclaimed Australian playwright-director, and Glebe local, and also business partner of the venture. Beckett’s is headed by co-owner and Chef Jeff Schroeter, and his wife Jules, who fell in love with him the moment she tasted his caviar covered steak tartare. The partners have had a friendship of over 15 years that came about through their children attending the same primary school.

 

The Brainstorm

The Brainstorm is a theatrical exploration of the writing process of France’s legendary Victor Hugo; a genius in exile, accompanied by an especially imagined 5-course French dinner, named “The Poet’s Menu”. The performance was written, and will be performed, by Patrick Dickson. It’s a taster of the show presented at O’Punsky’s Theatre and supported by the Blake Beckett trust.

 

The Poet’s Menu includes a soup starter inspired by Les Misérables, before moving on to Victor Hugo’s favourite dish from Le Grand Véfour Restaurant, namely vermicelle, poitrine de mouton et haricots blancs. A third course of escargots follows before a 4th course of game and the dessert I wish I could have right now: the French lavender crème brûlée – is anyone else salivating?

Beckett's theatre vignettes The Brainstorm

The Brainstorm is Beckett’s March theatre vignette event (and is being held on the 1st anniversary of Beckett’s opening). It is part of the Beckett’s ongoing line-up of Clubhouse events. This event is open to Clubhouse members and the general public. (more about the Clubhouse membership here: https://www.beckettsbardining.com.au/club-house)

 

This, and other Clubhouse events, will be held in the newly renovated Private Wine Cellar which was designed by Halycon Pratt, Wendy Beckett’s set designer.

Victor Hugo, photograph by Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon).
Archives Photographiques, Paris

 

Theatre Vignette Series

The Brainstorm is the first of series of regular theatre vignettes to be held at Beckett’s. Turning dinner-theatre on its head, the series will punctuate 5-course dinners with a themed theatrical performance as the intermission.

 

KEY INFO FOR THE BRAINSTORM

WHAT: A 5 course French “Poet’s Menu” with a 20-minute Victor Hugo inspired theatrical performance.

WHEN: Thursday 24 March 2022, 6pm -10pm

WHERE: Beckett’s Private Wine Cellar, 134A Glebe Point Road, GLEBE

HOW: Purchase your ticket to the event via this link:

https://www.beckettsbardining.com.au/whats-on/theatre-vignettes-no-2

If you wish to become a member and enjoy discounted access to this and other events, sign up via this link https://www.beckettsbardining.com.au/club-house

HOW MUCH:

Clubhouse members: Tickets are $125 per person for with the option to add matched wines for $75 per person.

Non-Clubhouse members: Tickets for $145 per person. Optional matched wines can be added on for $85 per person

 

Have you read any of Victor Hugo’s works?

 

For other events happening in March, take a look at our What’s on in March article.

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