Scene News: Mothers Ruin: A Cabaret About Gin

From Libby Wood and Maeve Marsden (Lady Sings It Better), comes an all-new original cabaret production that looks at the fascinating and horrifying history of gin. From the 1700s until present, the mythology and propaganda around gin has been used to subjugate women, to build misnomers on miscarriage, to keep women in the home. Mothers Ruin takes these stories, adds a splash of Amy Winehouse, a drop of Kurt Weill and a twist of Dolly Parton, and makes an all new cabaret cocktail.

Mother’s Ruin is a joint venture from Sydney production company blackcat productions, gin writer Elly Baxter from The Ginstress, director Anthea Williams and musical director Jeremy Brennan. Together they weave the history of gin with its current renaissance to tell the story of one of the world’s favourite spirits.

This is a production that is equal parts historical and hysterical. It uses heaving harmonies and tipsy candour to look at the contemporary gin boom, and where it has come from.

Mother’s Ruin explores the secret history of gin through story and song. Stumble and soar through tales of love, women and gin as they wind their way through 18th Century London, a few New York speakeasies, the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru.

Hot on the heels of their sell-out season at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Mother’s Ruin will be headlining the inaugural Melbourne Cabaret Festival Fringe at The Butterfly Club next week. Tickets are extremely limited.

Show Details: Mothers Ruin

Dates: 14-19th of June

Time: 8.30pm

Cost: $27-36

Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne


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