Cabaret Australia
Amelia Ryan & Libby O'Donovan


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On a hot summer’s day in 1965, Merle Thornton and Rosalie Bogner walked into the public bar of the Regatta Hotel in Brisbane, calmly chained themselves to the bar rail, and ordered a beer.

What happened next would change the course of Australian history – and a little less obviously – the course of music in Australia for women, forever.

Join award-winning cabaret powerhouses Amelia Ryan and Libby O’Donovan in a rollicking, raucous celebration of songs and stories from 1960s Australia. Hear music from the likes of Lynne Randell, Little Patti, Judy Stone, Marcie Jones, Margret Roadknight, Wendy Saddington and Alison McCallum in an uplifting and nostalgic hour that pays homage to the women who blazed the trails for generations to come. Through history, heart and hilarity, this extraordinary cabaret duo brings these incredible women – and their music – out of the sidelines and into their rightful place in Aussie music history! Don’t miss this loud and proud celebration of the original Australian pop and rock divas.

  • Sung with passion, pizazz and politics. Just go.

    Adelaide Advertiser

  • A powerhouse combination, oozing energy and talent.

    Stage Whispers
  • Performed by Amelia Ryan & Libby O'Donovan

  • Director Elena Carapetis
  • Writer Amelia Ryan
  • Musical Directors Michael Griffiths & Mark Ferguson
  • Photos Claudio Raschella

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