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Running Time 90 minutes, no interval

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A satirical journey through cabaret from Berlin in the 20s and 30s

There was a moment in Germany, between the two great world wars, when cabaret came alive. Songwriters and poets described it as ‘dancing on a volcano’, which then exploded so rapidly into the worst excesses of Nazism. A truly authentic interpretation of the repertoire, this show provides a hearty dose of Brecht and Weill, Brecht and Eisler, Friedrich Hollaender (‘Falling in Love Again’), Wilhelm Grosz (‘Red Sails in the Sunset’), Kurt Tucholsky, Frank Wedekind, Mischa Spoliansky and more.

Teaming up with long-time musical collaborators, Michael Morley (piano) and George Butrumlis (accordion), it’s raucous, funny, and steeped in the musical harmony and political discord of the times, often frighteningly relevant to our twenty-first century world.

Robyn Archer AO

Robyn Archer AO is often referred to as a national treasure. An artist of the highest calibre, her recent performances of the cabaret repertoire (French, German and American) have drawn enthusiastic audiences and high praise. She won the Helpmann Award for best Cabaret Performer 2013, and was named Cabaret Icon at the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The Sound of Falling Stars , which she wrote and directed , is touring Australia in 2018 to standing ovations.. In addition to her award-winning one-woman shows, Robyn is also known and admired as the Artistic Director of memorable arts festivals in Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania. She has recorded 12 albums and her writing includes essays, songs, works for the theatre and children’s books. Robyn currently chairs HOTA Home of the Arts, Gold Coast, and the Master of Arts ( Cultural Leadership) at NIDA). She is an ABR Laureate, an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy for the Humanities, an Officer of the Order of Australia, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) and Officer of the Crown (Belgium) and also holds honorary doctorates from Flinders University (South Australia), Griffith University (Queensland), and the Universities of Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide.


Robyn Archer AO
Michael Morley
George Butrumlis


Image credit
Robyn Archer 1990 (detail), by George Gittoes, oil on canvas, Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2012.

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