Following a sell-out season at The Butterfly Club, steamy soap cabaret (created by Melbourne underground cabaret icon Ella Filar) hits the boards of the iconic La Mama.
After a stint with the KGB, Mrs. Robinson swaps her Kalashnikov for a camera obscura. Feeling the heat she lifts her skirt, zooms her fisheye lens onto her own dysfunctional family trapped in subliminal excesses of romantic addiction and shoots four characters’ in an act of bearing their essentials. The result is a series of bizarre and ludicrously comic underdeveloped and overexposed holiday snapshots
Lusty mother (Ruth Katerelos) has a healthy appetite for nudity and a devious twinkle in her eye for her daughter’s boyfriend. Daughter (Kate Mulqueen), accidentally finds sexual adventure in relatively (pardon the pun) all the wrong places.
Her insecure and impressionable boyfriend (the handsome Lurch-like Jackson Springer) launches on a trajectory of sexual discovery, while the uncle (Chris Molyneux) is the kind of elderly relative it’s best to avoid at family events.
Ella Filar’s Krows Bar Kabaret in vintage underwear will have you dying for love and gasping for lust while the all-star cacophonous collection of vulgar, grotesque, sexy and sublime singers and musicians rock your jocks off with preposterously witty, madcap ideas and songs of the Weimar variety.
'It’s clever how each character reveals their dark longings and the music and lyrics (by Filar) are irreverent and cheeky.' Melbourne Observer
Warning: contains absurdity, audacity and climax change.
Ella Filar, Melbourne’s "Queen of Cabaret" (Inpress) is an independent writer, director and songwriter. A daughter of an ex-priest turned gynaecologist and JEPP (Jewish/ Polish Princess) turned Communist, she is a Gaultier of performing arts. Ella begun strutting her klezmatic, kabaretic, genre blender, gender bender stuff around Melbourne Underground long before the arcane art of 'mix & match' was 'discovered' by Gen Ys. With her performance roots in Eastern Europe’s soviet bloc, Ella’s work remains true to the original subversive nature of the genre.
'All the songs and the music are world class with that smoky, jagged, disturbing Weimar feel… politically and socially charged “Kabaret with a K."' Stage Whispers
'Krows Bar Kabaret is uncensored, absurd, real and raw political 'no excuses' theatre - which is often hard to find in Melbourne.' WeekendNotes
'Provocative, vulgarity, humorous, melodious and enjoyable… well scripted performance we can all relate to!' Melbourne Observer
This show contains: Strong sexual references.
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