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Cabaret Verboten

(extended season 1994/5)

    Performed by: Belinda Lloyd, Rainsford, Phillip Gleeson,
    Phil Mcleod, Ivan Rosa

Directed by: Belinda Lloyd

Devised by: Belinda Lloyd, Rainsford, Phillip Gleeson

Music arranged by: Phil Mcleod (cello, piano accordion) Ivan Rosa (double bass) Phillip Gleeson (guitar)

Original lyrics by: Belinda Lloyd

Make-up and styling: Lilly De’Ath

Guest performers: Stephen Weir, Amy Gale

Set painting: Tony Sawrey

Cabaret Verboten, performed by Chapel of Change recreates a time when a darker fetishistic atmosphere of decadence and escapist cabaret was flavoured by the serious works of Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill, Marlene Dietrich, Da Da and even Nietzsche.

‘The wall may now be dispersed among a million lounge rooms, but the spirit of old Berlin survives in the hearts of romantics who hanker for the glamour of dissolution. In a world ruled by morally upstanding tyrants, they argue, perversion is a kind of grubby resistance: as it was in Isherwood’s Berlin, and so is it now in Weimar Fitzroy.  Chapel of Change have made other excursions into decadence, but this show pays their most brazen homage yet to the wacky weirdos of this and other eras.

...Lloyd sings amusingly in dog German (oh, for ein Grossen Heineken) then talks luridly of her dark dreams of the Furher...and his counterparts in parliamentary democracies “who kill by neglect, not by intent.” The meister of the night, is Rainsford, whose silky style of confrontation is a strange brew of Joel Gray and Vincent Price and quite riveting...

The show is invigorating; beguiling and genuinely shivery – one wonders urgently what will happen next. A beacon of courage, invention and fun.’ ~ Stephanie Bunbury,  The Age

 ‘...the fact that it has many thematic influences – like Berlin in the 1930’s, Rage Against the Machine from the 1990’s, even Leonard Cohen – makes it fresh because it can’t be politically pigeon holed.  Indeed the cleverest aspect of the performance was the way it would lead you somewhere decadent and self gratifying and then throw you a few lines that would politicise the moment and jolt you out of complacency!..’ ~ Sue Whitelaw – Brother Sister Sept 23 1994