Comedy/ Cabaret/Revue etc

Penn & Teller: The world’s greatest comedy magicians

The masters of modern magic Penn & Teller will bring their record-breaking Las Vegas live show to Australia for the very first time in January 2020 for eight performances in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

Life-long friends and former high school outcasts, Penn & Teller have spent the past 45 years redefining popular magic with their distinct blend of unconventional magic tricks, comedic mime and bumbling “blunders”. Their Australian debut at the Opera House will combine the outrageous wit, humour and unbelievable magic that has been the hallmark of their illustrious career.

Australian audiences will be familiar with the dynamic duo’s hit TV series Penn & Teller: Fool Us! Originally commissioned for The CW Network, the show airs locally on ABC Comedy and challenges up-and-coming and veteran magicians try to fool Penn & Teller for a chance to star in their hit Las Vegas stage show. Continue reading Penn & Teller: The world’s greatest comedy magicians


The feel-good sing-along hit, THE CHOIR OF MAN  will return to Sydney Opera House for an encore season in The Studio from 6 November – 1 December 2019 following its sold out four week season earlier this year.

An international runaway hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 and 2018, and the Adelaide Fringe Festival “Pick of the Fringe 2018” winner, THE CHOIR OF MAN is a musical adventure full of heart and energy.

The cast of nine mates perform a set-list including hits from the likes of Paul Simon, Adele, Avicii, Queen and Guns N’ Roses. A joyous show for all ages, The Choir of Man brings together world-class singers, dancers, instrumentalists and poets with flawless vocal harmonies.

The show is set in a cosy British pub called “The Jungle”, The Choir of Man combines incredible vocals with high energy dance, live percussion and foot stomping choreography. Most pubs have a football club, a darts team, or an intimidatingly vast array of craft beer – this one has a raucous male voice choir.

DATES- 6 November to 1 December at the Studio, Sydney Opera House.

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July is a quiet time in terms of scheduling a Festival in Sydney’s often hectic cultural calendar. Leo Schofield tried valiantly to launch an international choral festival at this time of year. Sydney has had a rich cultural cabaret tradition and now we have our own Sydney Cabaret Festival to celebrate.

Trevor Ashley is the Artistic Director of Sydney’s inaugural Festival. He has secured a number of venues to showcase the plethora of talent including the City Recital Hall, the Town Hall and the Seymour Centre which will be the cultural hub of the Festival. The Seymour Centre will feature nightly surprise performances in true cabaret style. 

Headlining the Festival is Jennifer Holiday who is a Tony and Grammy award winning Broadway artist with nine Studio albums and five top ten singles on the R & B charts. This will be her Sydney debut 

New York city diva Natalie Joy Johnson will be presenting a show called ‘Relentless’ featuring outrageous stories and soaring vocals.

Alison Jiear returns from a hugely successful UK residency to present a centenary celebration of Ella Fitzgerald’s music. 

UK’s most famous duo Frisky and Mannish will be presenting a witty and comedic show calledCheeky Cabaret’.

Local favourites include Tim Draxl, Jonathon Biggins  and Phil Scott, Rhonda Burchmore, Tom Sharah, Cath Alcorn, Genevieve Lemon and of-course Trevor Ashley, to name but a few 

One hopes that this festival will grow from strength to strength just as its Adelaide counterpart has. Trevor Ashley with its glittering lineup has got the Festival off to a great start.

Sydney’s inaugural cabaret festival runs nightly till Sunday 14th July, 2019.

Featured image-Tim Draxl, Alison Jiear, Trevor Ashley, Jennifer Holiday, Natalie Joy Johnson. All pics by Ben Apfelbaum


Come one come all!

Creatives unite to raise money for Foster Children and their carers!

Comedienne Annisa Belonogoff, Magician Fung of the Blackties, Acrobatics from Kate Field, Poet Wil Young, as well as music from singers and movement from the dancer types!

A night of fantastic entertainment, all hosted by the awesome Ben Hurst!

Luke Wood of Monkey Foods will be there with yummy samples and you could win a prize in the mid show raffle!

Grab a ticket now from EVENTBRITE!

We can’t wait to entertain you!

MONDAY 15TH JULY 2019 7.30-10.30PM at Freda’s Bar, 107-109 Regent Street, Chippendale

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After a sold out show at Sydney Comedy Festival, beloved urban wildlife warrior Ibis is back with a one night only encore show on Saturday July 13!

When Ibis’ father died defending their home as bulldozers moved in to build Sydney Olympic Park, Ibis and Gran had nowhere to go.

Now fully grown and thriving in the urban sprawl of Sydney, Ibis is bravely championing the rights of Ibises and connecting Sydneysiders with the troubled past of the bin chicken* in a one hour workshop that will change the way you see your city. Continue reading IBIS, YOUR CITY OUR BINS


THE LOST LOST CABARET is the little sister to London’s The Lost Cabaret and the child of Choo Choo Troupe. If your keen for some alternative comedy, look no further to The Forresters in Surry Hills (you’ll have to climb up 2 flights of stairs to find the space, but never fear, there’s a bar up there) on the last Friday of every month.

G&T in my hand, as always, but no front row seats as this is packed and I’m running late because I spend an hour eating Greek food beforehand – I digress (in this and in life), so I fold up my coat and use it as a booster on my seat so I can see the performance area.

Jeromaia Detto emcees as a recent Australian Talent-Factor-Idol (I think I’ve butchered that – sorry Eugeen) winner named Eugeen. Detto’s characterisation grew on me. Turns out I was dressed in theme – flamingo earrings. He did a fine job handling heckles and attempting to get the crowd to participate in some musical numbers – I say attempting because we were hopeless. Continue reading THE LOST LOST CABARET IN THE FORRESTERS


Welcomé to the Cabaret  – as they say! – where the GPS is broken and we U-turn and turn-u around a roundabout until you see the stars.

THE LOST LOST CABARET is a stupidly sparkling,  alt-comedy experience. The Mistress of Ceremonies guides you down a madcap boulevard, where wild and jolly idiots try to find the answers to the universe.

Emceed by a different out-there character each month, acts might include music or burlesque, magic or clown – anything that falls under the very broad “alt-comedy” umbrella.

You are invited to grab a drink, a snack and a seat – you can ride up front, back seat drive, or there’s plenty of room in the boot of our Cabaret.

The members of the Lost Lost Players, together with acts from around the alt comedy scene, will take you on a tour to Nowheresville, loop-de-loop and release you, giddy, into the night sky.

The Lost Lost Cabaret is a little sister to London’s The Lost Cabaret.

28/6/19 | 26/7/19 | 30/8/19 | 27/9/19 | 25/10/19 – last Friday of the month at the Forrester Hotel, 336 Riley Street, Surry Hills.

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July this year will herald the inaugural SYDNEY CABARET FESTIVAL, celebrating both international and Australian cabaret stars. Tickets are on sale now.

The 2019 Sydney Cabaret Festival features the legendary Tony Award-winning Jennifer Holliday, appearing for the first time on Australian soil, alongside local legends like Phil Scott and Jonathan Biggins, to New York downtown darling Natalie Joy Johnson. UK’s most famous duo Frisky and Mannish return after a ten year hiatus, as does the thrilling diva Alison Jiear, described as having a “bring down the house voice” by the New York Times.

Sydney favourite Tim Draxl will appear in a world premiere of his new show, along with Kim David Smith, Reuben Kaye and Brian Nash, plus circus and variety show Cheeky Cabaret, direct from their home in Brunswick Heads. Australian pop culture fan Tim Benzie returns to Sydney with the hilarious Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote. The Festival also includes masterclasses with Jennifer Holliday and Alison Jiear, as well as the Grand Final of the restored Sydney Cabaret Competition.

Festival Artistic Director Trevor Ashley is thrilled with the program he has assembled. “I have loved Cabaret as long as I can remember. As a confused child growing up I discovered this incredible artform that celebrated unique personalities, and more than that, an irreplaceable bond between artist and audience. Seeing artists like Lorrae Desmond, Julie Anthony and Geraldine Turner live, made me believe I could be anyone I wanted to be. It changed my life.

I have long dreamed that we could bring cabaret home to Sydney so I am immensely proud to present the inaugural Sydney Cabaret Festival, which in its first outing brings together some of my favourite artists from around Australia and the globe. From our headliner, the legendary Jennifer Holliday, through to Alison Jiear, Kim David Smith and Reuben Kaye – three artists at the top of their game, who were born here, but now call London and New York home, there is something for everyone. Variety, comedy, jazz, and more belting than you could poke a stick at, we are coming out with a bang.

I invite you to celebrate this truly life changing artform, and hope that you’ll join not only artists you know and love, but take a chance on someone you’ve never heard of before. Every single one of these acts is at the top of their game, and I can’t believe we will have them all in one place at the same time.”

In the immortal words of Fred Ebb: What good is sitting alone in your room? Come to the Cabaret.

The Sydney Cabaret Festival takes place between the 5th and the 14th of July 2019. For bookings and more information visit

Sydney Arts Guide has two double passes to give away to the Jennifer Holliday concert. Be one of the first to email Winners will be advised by email.

Editor’s note- This promotion has now closed and the winners have been advised


Join us in The Music Lounge when we showcase some of Wollongong’s very own local talent, in a dazzling night of musical moments – but this time, with a twist! Dive into our miscast renditions of popular hits and show-tune favourites from The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Hamilton and many more performed by the members of the University of Wollongong Musical Theatre Society.

Founded last year by UOW students, who are regular performers in the local theatre community. The UOW Musical Theatre Society originally started as an avenue for those who felt they no longer had the time or a place to perform once they started university. It has since grown to include many more talented members of the wider Illawarra community and provides a home to some of Wollongong’s finest young performers.

A NIGHT OF MUSICAL MOMENTS – MISCAST promises to take you on a journey to the alternate dimensions where casting has no rules and everything is out of the ordinary. So sit back, relax and try and resist singing along!

Saturday 1st June 2019 at the Music Lounge, Crown Street and Kembla Streets, Wollongong

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“Remember those sweet words, ’till death do us part…’”

Revenge is a dish best served sizzling and this femme fatale is cooking with gas… From doting housewife to murderous seductress, join our lethal lady on a high-speed joyride through the thrilling twists and turns of a classic film noir mystery – only this time through her eyes, not private eyes. Watch the plot unravel at the hands of this manipulative, malevolent, man-eating mastermind.

MURDER, SHE SANG stars emerging musical theatre performer Caitlin Rose. Caitlin has previously delighted Sydney audiences in Little Triangle’s critically acclaimed productions of Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along. She featured in ATYP’s award-winning production of Spring Awakening and was a 2018 Semi-Finalist in the Rob Guest Endowment Awards. In September, Caitlin will feature in Little Triangle’s Nine as Carla Albanese.

Established in early 2017, Little Triangle aims to present underperformed theatrical productions that challenge audiences and performers alike at a low price point – in the hopes to expand, educate and diversify the music theatre audience base, especially amongst young people.

MURDER, SHE SANG: A Lethal Cabaret Starring Caitlin Rose
Conceived by Alexander Andrews & Caitlin Rose
Written by Hayden Rodgers
Directed & Designed by Alexander Andrews
Music Directed & Accompanied by Harry Collins
Produced by Rose McClelland
Photography by Shakira Wilson

Doors 7pm for a 7:30pm show.

$25+bf online
$30 on the door (if any left)


13 June, 7:30PM & 14 June, 7:30pm at the Newsagency, 74-75 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Glebe.

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Celebrating 15 years as Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event, the Sydney Comedy Festival closed out another epic year of hilarity by announcing its 2019 award winners: Cassie Workman, Chris Ryan, Demi Lardner and Tom Walker.

This year the Festival’s prestigious Director’s Choice award went to Demi Lardner and Tom Walker for their uproarious and peculiar show about two young twin brothers, We Mustn’t.

Cassie Workman took out the Best of the Fest Award for her poetic and poignant, yet hilarious, show Giantess. Continue reading SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 AWARD WINNERS