Reviews – The inaugural Canberra Cabaret Festival

23 November 2023


Successful start for cabaret festival
– Bill Stephens 20/11/2023 CITY NEWS

Tim Maher – Cafe Boomer

“Accompanying himself on an artfully disguised keyboard,… an amusing discourse on relationships of various kinds… an engaging, confidently performed and thoroughly entertaining presentation.” 

Marcel Cole – ‘The Ukelele Man’

“Accompanying himself on ukulele and banjolele… a hugely enjoyable, brilliantly executed cabaret experience. 

Dave Collins and Lou Blomfield – The DownLows – ‘That’s what friends are for’

Delightfully entertaining selection of ballads and show tunes. Both are superb vocalists, … their duet, “The Song that Goes Like This” from “Spamalot” is probably the funniest version you’re ever likely to experience.

George Belibisakis – ‘Be Brave, Changeling’

“… an often confronting, but ultimately optimistic, cabaret.”

Lawson Reid – ‘Cruiseships and Crematoriums’

“Revealing an engaging personality and an enviable talent for stand-up, Reid regaled his audience with a stream-of-consciousness account of working on cruise ships, living in government-subsidised hotels after being made homeless by floods, then finally discovering his niche as a “Pet Aftercare Specialist and Corpse Removalist”. 

Keeping his audience agog with revelations so bizarre that they just had to be true; thus providing a fascinating climax to Canberra’s first highly successful cabaret festival.