Whet your appetite in a thoroughly gin-soaked way with Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret About Gin, performed by Libby Wood, Maeve Marsden and new addition Tom Dickins.
Equal parts historical and “hysterical”, this darkly comic ode to gin is a raucous journey told through tales of women, love, secrets and … gin. Two of Australia’s hottest stars, Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood, accompanied by cabaret legend Tom Dickins, together ignite the stage with stunning vocals and quick wit as they take an intoxicating stroll through the history of one of the world’s favourite tipples.
From the streets of London to the Australian bush, via colonial India, New York speakeasies and the jungles of Peru, the mythology and propaganda around gin has been relentlessly used to subjugate women, build misnomers on miscarriage and hammer home the message of “hysteria”.
Marsden and Wood are long-time collaborators, evident in their flawless harmonies and natural demeanour, described as “buxom and bodacious” (InDaily). Their Melbourne season, and subsequent UK tour sees them join forces with Tom Dickins as their Pianoman, who has recorded and toured with Amanda Palmer, co-written with Neil Gaiman, and shared the stage with the likes of Tim Minchin, Paul Kelly and Margaret Cho.
The production has toured and SOLD OUT seasons at the Sydney Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Fringe World Festival (Perth) and Festival of Voices (Hobart).
With a generous splash of stunning music, a dash of theatricality and a twist of feminist theory, Mother’s Ruin is a deliciously contemporary cabaret cocktail. Bookings highly recommended.
Show Details: Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret About Gin
Dates: 19-21 July
Time: 8.45pm (60 minutes)
Cost: $35 Full, $33 Conc
Venue: Map 57: St Kilda Winter Arts Garden