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


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



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


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


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


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


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
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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


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.



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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Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022

National Moscato Day 2022: 15 facts about Muscat

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To celebrate National Moscato Day 2022, we’ve put together 15 facts about Muscat, the French name for the varietal more commonly known by its Italian name, moscato.

National Moscato Day 2022

  1. Not just one variety
    Muscat grapes come in over 200 different varieties! Not all of these are used in the production of wine. The key muscats varieties used in wine production are: Muscat blanc à Petits Grains, Muscat of Alexandria, Muscat of Scanzorosciate, Muscat of Hamburg and Muscat Ottonel.


  1. The name Muscat
    There are several theories about where the name muscat come from:
    • The most commonly cited belief is the name is derived from the Persian word muchk.
    This is supported by similar etymology for the Greek moskos, Latin muscus and French musc.
    • The Italian word mosca meaning fly is a possibility as fruit flies are commonly attracted to the sweet aroma and high sugar levels of the grapes
    • It may have been named after the city of Muscat on the Gulf of Oman.
    • Similarly, it may have been named after the Greek city of Moschato, located southwest of Athens in Attica with Moschato being a common synonym in Greece for Muscat varieties.


  1. Other names
    Muscat blanc à Petits Grains is known by many names worldwide:

    • Muscat de Frontignan and Muscat Lunel in France.
    • Muscat Blanc in France and also the United States,
    • Muscat Canelli in the United States,
    • Moscato Bianco (white Moscato) in Italy,
    • Muscat Frontignan in South Africa,
    • Moschato in Greece,
    • Brown Muscat in Australia,
    • Muskateller in Germany and Austria,
    • Muscat de Grano Menudo in Spain.


  2. Origins of Moscato
    The family of Muscat were likely propagated during the period of classic antiquity (circa 800BC to 600AD) by the Greeks and Romans according to ampelographer Pierre Galet.However, ancient pots found in Greece found traces of an alcoholic drink made with Muscat grapes. Archaeological analysis found them to be over 3000 years old.


  1. All the hues
    With 200 + varieties of Muscat grapes, it’s not surprising that they range from white to pink to yellow to black.


  1. Muscat wines
    While there are differences between the different varietals of Muscat grapes and the wines with which they are made, all share the same grapey, musky aromatic trait. Muscat wines are typically quite sweet and lower in alcohol. Aromas of tangerine, mango, lychee, jasmine, and orange blossom are common. Tropical fruit and sweet spiciness are common on the palate.


  1. Notable French Muscat AOCs
    Some of the most reputed French AOCs using Muscat are:• Clairette de Die in Die in the Eastern Rhône is a sparkling White wine made from Muscat
    • Muscat d’Alsace, a synonym for Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains, is the oldest Muscat grown in Alsace. It is usually produced as a dry table wine.
    • Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise is considered to be the best of the South of France’s several vins doux naturels (fortified sweet wines). It has delicate, lovely aromas and flavours and can reach an alcohol strength of 21%!
    • Muscat du Cap Corse is a rare, sweet wine with very intense fruit and flower flavours which is produced on the island of Corsica.
    • Muscat de Frontignan, or Vin de Frontignan or Frontignan is considered to be the most important of Languedoc’s four Muscats.
    • Muscat de Lunel is also in the Languedoc region. It produces wines with a highly distinguished character while retaining its subtle, delicate bouquet. The silica soil is said to contribute.
    • Muscat de Mireval, also from Languedoc is similar to Muscat de Frontignan.
    • Muscat de Rivesaltes in the Roussillon region, represents about 70% of France’s total Muscat production. Two types of Muscat are allowed: Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains and Muscat d’Alexandrie.
    • Muscat de St-Jean-de-Minervois is said to be one of France’s rarest wines.

National Moscato Day/ Journee du muscat

  1. Muscat d’Alexandrie in France
    It’s commonly used as a blending component in the vin doux naturel  wines of Muscat de Rivesaltes in the Roussillon region. .


  1. Muscat Ottonel in France
    One of the most recent additions to the Muscat family, Muscat Ottonel was bred in the Loire Valley in the 1850s. It has the palest skin colour, ripens earliest and produces the most neutral wines of all the muscat grapes. Apart from being grown in the Loire Valley, Muscat Ottonel is the primary Muscat grown in Alsace where it’s used to produce dry and off-dry wines.


  1. Around the world
    Outside of France, Muscat is grown and made in Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Moldova, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, and the United States.


  1. Best Muscats of the World competition held annually
    The most recent edition, the 21st Muscats du Monde, took place on 7 & 8 September 2021 in Entre Vignes in the Occitane region. That edition saw entries from 19 countries and 182 still and sparkling muscat wines.


  1. Australia in the top 10 Best Muscats of the World
    Victoria’s Morris Wines in Rutherglen has consistently placed in the top 10 with their Old Premium – Rare Muscat




  1. Not only wine
    Muscat grapes aren’t only used to produce wine. They’re also used in the production of some spirits and liqueurs. Pavan is a blue liqueur made with muscat grapes and orange blossoms.Bouilleur Eau de vie Fine de Muscat 5 yrs is an aged spirit made by L’Atelier du Bouilleur, a craft distillery, located in the south of France, which is certified organic and organised as a cooperative. It is made from muscat grapes and has a 45% alcohol/ volume.


  1. National Moscato Day
    The celebration was created by Gallo Family Vineyards in California, USA. National Moscato Day is celebrated on 9th May every year.


  1. Get social
    Share your Muscat with the #NationalMoscatoDay and tag @matildamarseillaise_en on instagram and @matildamarseillaise on Facebook.

National Moscato Day 2022

Happy National Moscato Day 2022! What’s your favourite Muscat wine?


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