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Cabaret is Ace
Written by Jan Hallam

201612-Comma-Sutra-31-to-4-FebComma Sutra at Downstairs at the Maj Jan 31 to Feb 4Perth is inching closer to hosting its very own cabaret festival and with Melbourne-based Ace’s Cabaret curating a season of acts at Downstairs at The Maj during Fringe World from January 21 to February 18.


David has produced two to three cabaret acts for the Fringe, including former Olympic diver Matthew Mitchum and Spanky, for the past four years to much acclaim. Now, he says, it’s time to put on an entire season at the city’s established cabaret venue in the basement of His Majesty’s Theatre.

And the program gives Perth the chance to be really grown up – with three shows a night, at 6pm for the after work drop-ins, 7.30pm and 9pm as well as a late-night piano bar for ticket prices that range from $15 to $39.

With The Maj situated between the two major Fringe World locations in Northbridge and at Elizabeth Quay, Ace’s Cabaret will the Fringe link for people wandering between the two.

David’s and his partner’s experience in cabaret spreads over 15 years – first as owners of one of Melbourne’s most iconic cabaret venues, The Butterfly Club, then as managers of the annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival. They were the first people to give Tim Minchin a paid gig and have unearthed extraordinary talent right across the country.

The success of their Fringe World shows over the past three years proved to them there was a real appetite for cabaret in the West. “Having quality shows in a quality venue is essential,” he told Medical Forum. “Downstairs at the Maj ticks all the boxes and we have had no trouble in finding the talent.”

There are a few WA artists in the line-up, such as comedian Louisa Fitzhardinge in her show Comma Sutra and magician Pierre Ulric in Mysteries at the Maj, but they had to compete for the slots with a talented bunch including all-girl group Ginger and Tonic and comedian/musician Trevor Jones.

Details of the cabaret line-up are available from December 8, when Fringe World launches its official program.


Michael Cassel and Cameron Mackintosh