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A Few of My Favourite Men for one night only in Sydney




So y’all might have noticed I don’t post too much publicity here ahead of events anymore. This is because


a) I am time poor


b) I am poor


We bloggers and writers take time to write stuff – the sort of time that you spend doing your job that pays you by the hour – and sometimes, like when there are bills to pay and artists to treat on Hastings Street, we need an incentive that is a little more inspiring than, “I’d love you to share this with your networks”. However, there are times when I’m happy to copy and paste stuff for a cause or a company I feel strongly about (otherwise you can enquire about my rates to promote your show or special event. I thank you). The Corrilee Foundation is a fave of mine.




Our good friend, Tanya Lee, has always done incredible work with The Corrilee Foundation (you’ll remember One Night In Emerald City, which gave me another chance to work with the professional Sydney cast of a David Williamson play in our favourite destination to make and stage a show, Noosa), and this month she’s staging an extra special event, featuring a few of her favourite men on stage together for one night only, next week on August 12 at the basement, Sydney.



So far the impressive line up includes Wil Anderson, Mikey Robins, Tim Rogers, Tony Squires, Dave Field, Geoff Morrell, Terry Serio, Jeff Duff, Peter Northcote, Dario Bortolin, Lloyd G & Greg Agar. 


The Evening will include Auction Items and Raffle Prizes.


Join Tanya Lee and a few of her favourite men for an evening of live music, banter and awesome images from Tony Mott



All funds raised will assist the Mirabel Foundation in its vital work to support children orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use.


The Mirabel Foundation was established in Victoria in 1998. It is the only organisation in Australia specifically addressing the needs of children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental drug use.


The tragedy of drug‐related deaths is compounded by the children left behind. Children without family may find themselves in foster care, sometimes separated from their siblings. Many go into the care of extended family (kinship care), usually with elderly grandparents who have little or no financial or social support. These are Mirabel children.


Mirabel is currently supporting over 1400 children and young people, the most profoundly overlooked casualties of substance abuse in our society.


“My Daddy is always sick and his medicine makes him sleepy.” Tahana, 3 years


Tahana is 3 years old and has recently moved to live with her great aunt Ruby. Her Mum is in prison for drug-related crime and her Dad is unable to care for her due to his addiction to drugs. Tahana knows a lot for a 3 year old and has remarkable survival skills. She can find a way to reach food in the highest of cupboards and can work the DVD player like a teenager.


Ruby was asked to care for Tahana when Child Protection found her wandering the streets looking for food. Ruby is committed to the long-term health and happiness of Tahana and says that she wants her to have a normal childhood. She has started attending Mirabel’s kinship carer support groups where she has met lots of people in a similar situation to herself.


Tahana and Ruby spent a cherished weekend together at Mirabel House where they strengthened their relationship away from the stresses of day to day living. They are looking forward to the next Family Day where Tahana can begin to make friends with children just like her – friendships that Ruby hopes will continue when Tahana is old enough to join Mirabel’s Recreation Program and Therapeutic Children’s Groups.




You can support the amazing work the Mirabel Foundation do with kids like Tahana and have a terrific night out with friends when you join Tanya Lee and a few of her favourite men at the basement next week.


Book tickets here








A Little Night of Music – Songs From the Silver Screen



A Little Night Music – Songs from the Silver Screen


Flinders Performance Centre

Friday March 21 2014






Well THAT happened! WOW!



On Friday night at Flinders Performance Centre we welcomed some of Australia’s top musical theatre talent for A Little Night of Music – Songs From the Silver Screen for MontroseAccess.

Thanks to Patrice Tipoki, Simon Gleeson, Amanda Harrison, Chelsea Gibb, Mark Vincent and Laura Tipoki.

Thanks to our host, HOT91FM’s Todd Widdicombe, our SM Guy Harrison, Venue Manager, Sarah Sullivan, and thanks to everybody who managed to get a ticket and support MontroseAccess.

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We heard songs from the movie soundtracks of Frozen, Ghost, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Moulin Rouge and more! And the glorious thing about a show like this is that it’s so good you get that lovely feeling, wishing it would go on forever.

But there is NOTHING like the calibre of this night happening again on the Sunshine Coast until MEOW MEOW returns on April 5 at The J, Noosa. SEE YOU THERE! And in the meantime, I hope you booked your tix for Patrice and Simon’s Les Miserables because the rest are about to sell out!

Thanks to Leanne Liesegang and  MontroseAccess for having us along for the fabulous ride this year!






Don’t miss A Little Night of Music – Songs from the Silver Screen




Starring Patrice Tipoki, Simon Gleeson, Amanda Harrison, Chelsea Gibb & Mark Vincent




At Flinders Performance Centre in Buderim for ONE NIGHT ONLY enjoy an evening of your favourite film songs, hosted by HOT91FM’s Todd Widdicombe and performed by some of the brightest stars of Australian musical theatre for MontroseAccess, supporting children with physical disabilities.


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Flinders Performance Centre

Stringybark Road, Buderim


Show starts 7:30pm


Bookings or call 5477 2964



Motherland Charity Performance for Mater Private Hospital

Melbourne Cup celebrations with a difference: Four anonymous donors buy a night of performance to say thank you.


This year, rather then putting a flutter on the horses, four anonymous donors have bought a theatre for the night to thank the dedicated staff and volunteers from the Mater Private hospital.


Because of their connection to the Mater Oncology Unit, the donors requested that their pledges be used to gift tickets for the Tuesday 5 November performance of MOTHERLAND to staff and volunteers of the Mater Private hospital.

One donor describes this “as a unique gift to thank the people who care for others in their time of need. The theatre is raw and alive with human emotion and stories, much like the inside of a hospital. Some moments are happy, and some are sad. The dedicated staff and volunteers from the Mater are there with you – they support you and your family though your individual journey. Shouting them a night out at the theatre, to see a wonderful new Brisbane play, is a small way we can say thank you.”

MOTHERLAND is co-presented by Metro Arts and Ellen Belloo as part of the Season of the Independents.

Shortlisted for the 2013 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, Katherine Lyall-Watson’s play MOTHERLAND opened to rave reviews on Wednesday 30 October at Metro Arts. Katherine Lyall-Watson says that she looks forward to “welcoming these special guests to the theatre. I feel humbled by the generosity of the donors who have made this night possible.”

Directed by Caroline Dunphy, and with a stellar cast of Brisbane’s favourite actors; including Barbara Lowing, Kerith Atkinson, Rebecca Riggs, Peter Cossar and Daniel Murphy – MOTHERLAND is an epic story, which spans the twentieth century, World War and the Russian Revolution.

At the heart of this story you will find a rich tapestry of friendship, displacement, home, and identity – a finely- crafted story of the casualties of love, ambition, and politics. MOTHERLAND is a contemporary piece of theatre that brings the stories of three remarkable real women to life.

Timeframes and locations collide and interweave as the actors play multiple characters in this fast-paced and passionate 90-minute theatrical depiction of true stories. Caroline Dunphy’s direction brings rigour and fierceness to this contemporary staging.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in Brisbane in 1906 Mater Health Services now cares for more than half a million babies, children and adults each year. Mater is committed to providing compassionate health care with an emphasis on the founding values of the Sisters of Mercy.

Charity Performance Details Event:

Tues 5 November 2013

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Sue Benner Theatre, Metro Arts (109 Edward St, Brisbane)


Metro Arts is a multi-artform incubator and site for experimentation, supporting and developing independent artists through a platform of space, mentoring, producing support, critical engagement and leadership.


Limited Tickets RACQ Action Rescue Helicopter Gala Ball



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RACQ Careflight Rescue Gala Ball

(previously named the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter Gala Ball)

It is absolutely baffling to me that essential services, such as the Action Rescue Helicopters, are not fully supported by government, and are instead left in dire straits each year unless a naming sponsor and major fundraising is secured! Thank goodness there are ordinary people – business owners and householders – who care enough to contribute to the cause. Will you? While you can still make donations via your AGL bill, it will be SO MUCH MORE FUN to be at October’s Gala Ball!!!

Year after year the Action Rescue Helicopter Gala Ball has adopted a variety of themes and entertainment that has created Sunshine Coast’s night of nights. Renowned for its outstanding entertainment, this true black tie experience brings together a unique audience of some of the Sunshine Coast’s most highly respected and influential members.

In 2013 the event will be elevated to new heights as a dazzling celebration of the sensational work that the team at the Action Rescue Helicopter undertake. With the involvement of a professional event management team, it is White House Celebrations’ intent to delight your senses with an evening fit for a King and Queen.

Date: Friday 4 October 2013


Location: Wandiny Room, Novotel Twin Waters Resort


Theme: A Night of Royal Indulgence


Cost: $199 for an individual ticket or $1990 for a table of ten


As the community rescue chopper, the RACQ Action Rescue helicopter team work across south east Queensland supporting employers, schools and voluntary organisations in safety best practice.  And sometimes even further afield….   And beyond the urgent rescue and aeromedical missions we undertake we also take part in regular training exercises both “in house” and in coordination with other emergency services.


Your attendance at the RACQ Action Rescue Helicopter Gala Ball supports the work carried out by the rescue teams, and helps this invaluable service to continue.


President of White House CelebrationsMin Swan, says her favourite part of becoming involved with Charity Galas is learning more about the community services that exist, which she once took for granted.  “Every night I see the RACQ Helicopter on the news rescuing somebody from the Bruce Highway, from Fraser Island, taking a newborn to Brisbane hospitals etc.  Now I get to see what it takes behind the scenes for this service to save lives.”

With the birth of Min’s son, Smith, and his stint in hospital at 3 weeks old, potentially requiring the services of the Helicopter to transport the family to Brisbane, this service is dear to Min’s heart.  We hope you’ll join the Sunshine Coast’s most generous souls on the 4th October to enjoy a truly beautiful evening of celebration, as well as raise funds to close the $2million shortfall this service experiences each year.

Get your tickets online

Or contact Min at White House Celebrations to take advantage of these amazing sponsorship opportunities:

Becoming a Sponsor Partner – only 2 partnership opportunities left!


    Make a Donation


Donate an Auction / Raffle Item





Flip out at Carnivale Noir

Brisbane, prepare to flip out!

Brisbane’s Flipside Circus presents Carnivale Noir on April 27


Food, performance and magic all up close and personal with guests on stage, in the spotlight…



Through the smoke and haze enter a world of magical things, where the line between an illusion and reality is slightly blurred. Gravity is defied and strength prevails. Prepare for a night of slick circus, mystery and film noir style glamour at Flipside Circus on April 27.


Flipside Circus presents Carnivale Noir, a journey into the fantastic, and the famed company’s official fundraiser event for 2013, where past and present alumni will come together to showcase their incredible talent to the city that supports them on their journey to the big, bright stage of the Australian performance arts industry. Brisbane’s premiere circus and performance company, Flipside has been a pillar for excellence, creativity and fun, nurturing artistic aspirations and physical prowess in the Brisbane community since 1998. It’s a performance arts crèche, famed nationally and internationally.


“Carnivale Noir on April 27 is Flipside’s shout-out to Brisbane – it’s an event we welcome corporates to attend as it will certainly reframe their definition of corporate event possibilities!!” said Flipside’s Deb Wilks. “We also encourage people from non-performance backgrounds to buy a ticket, because this will be a night of magic!”


Flipside Circus has been the crèche for students like Hannah Cryle, Ted Hully, Emma Shepherd, Gerramy Marsden, Jaimi Lurhmann, Riley Connolly and Sarah Irvine who have all gone on to study at the prestigious National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), while Harley McLeish (who also attended Montreal Circus School), Ellen Grow and Latonya Wigginton have studied with the Beijing Circus School.


“We are thrilled that Ellen Grow will be returning to perform in Carnivale Noir – in fact she is the amazing performer in the tissu image we have chosen to represent the event,” said Flipside’s Deb Wilks.


Carnivale Noir will be catered by Street Food Australia, an exciting new catering and social enterprise dedicated to creating amazing street food in Australia’s urban places. The team power all cooking using European cargo bikes to produce their menu of unique steamed dumplings and BBQ ribs and more. They will be incorporated into the performances, creating an amazing dining experience for guests!


Ticketing for the event is also part of the performance, with guests able to purchase tickets to sit in the middle of performance spaces. The Table of Strangers has just 20 seats and may or may not be used as a stage by performers during the night!! Micnic Tickets (aka a gourmet picnic area on the Flipside mats!) includes a Personal Butler who will feed you from the Speakeasy Swing while you lay amongst rugs and cushions with the best view in the house! The Little Big Top is perhaps the most unique and interactive entertainment experience in the Carnivale. Guests in this area will watch in amazement as their very own Little Big Top is lowered to cover their table, then lifted to reveal entertainment! Speakeasy Swing tickets ensure prime position in in the private area of the Speakeasy Swing Bar, up close and personal to the smooth sounds of the Browning Street Studios (see below for the full list of bookable sections).


“There are limited tickets only across this range of incredible performance-integrated audience involvement, a totally new idea for really allowing the public to be part of Flipside’s show,” said Deb.


“Flipside Circus is also the first stop when the biggest names in international performance come to Brisbane – names like Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia, Cantina, Briefs, Casus and Tom Tom Crew all look to Flipside for rehearsal space, support and partnerships when they tour.”


Flipside delivers circus workshops to marginalised young people in local schools and communities, using the art form as a different approach to learning. Workshops go beyond circus skills to stimulate interest in reading, help open minds to culture and create a connection with society for young people trying to find their place. All funds raised from Carnivale Noir will go towards empowering disadvantaged children to express themselves and be heard in their communities.



WHAT:                  Flipside Circus presents Carnivale Noir

WHERE:               117 Mina Parade, Alderley QLD 4051

WHEN:                  April 27, 2013 Doors open at 8pm

COST:                   Minimum general entry cost $60 per person

BOOKING:           Flipside Circus on 07 3352 7233 or email Jenny on

INFO:                     Visit for more information




General Entry: $60

Includes entry to Carnivale Noir, all performances and general access to the Speakeasy Swing Jazz Bar.


Table of Strangers: $80

Remember, you can always depend on the kindness of strangers… Grab a friend and be a part of this exclusive table of 20 strangers. Package includes entry, all performances, access to Speakeasy Swing bar & table service.


Group Packages

Be the envy of the other guys and dolls in your exclusive reserved area of Carnivale Noir! Great for businesses or groups chasing the best seats in the house. All group packages include table service and a chance to be involved in the performance. Group packages limited!


Micnic $70 pp (Groups of 4 to 6 people)

This is no regular picnic! Have your personal butler grab your wine and cheese from the Speakeasy Swing then take a seat in your reserved Micnic area! The Micnic includes rugs, cushions and the best view of the main performance stage.


The Little Big Top $70 pp

The most unique and interactive entertainment experience in the Carnivale. Watch in amazement as your very own Little Big Top is lowered to cover your table and group, then lifted to reveal the entertainment outside.


Flip it corner $70 pp

Jump in and jump out of your very own private room in the Carnivale Noir. Enjoy privacy and table service while soaking up the best views. Mingle knowing there is a seat reserved for you when you’re ready to watch the show.


The Speakeasy Swing $70 pp

Your own private spot in the swing… hit the dance floor without the worry of your seat being pinched! Or lounge in style and enjoy the smooth sounds of the Browning Street Studios: your own private area of the Speakeasy Swing Bar.



Cabaret for a Cause – Jenny Wynter’s mission

Cabaret Confessional

Do you keep up with Matthew Carey’s ? Just in case you missed it, there’s a big event happening on Saturday in Adelaide, which our friend, Jenny Wynter, is involved in.

We thought you should know that even if you’re not in Adelaide, you can help this crazy comedienne reach her goal! Jenny is hoping to raise $10 000 for the

2012 Cara TV Charity Challenge.

In fact, there are a few ways to help

Jenny Wynter

Jenny is freaking out because she has just a few days to reach her goal!

I love what Matthew Carey has written about choosing and supporting your preferred cause so here it is.

From Matthew Carey at Cabaret Confessional:

I know it. You know it. Everyone knows it. There are ever increasing numbers of charities and pozible campaigns looking for money. None of us can afford to support all of them. We can’t even support all the ones we’d like to.

Which leaves you with two options – ignore them all and buy yourself an iPhone 5, or find the few that you really connect with and get behind those causes with whatever support you can offer.

I met Jenny Wynter through my Cabaret Summer School last January. The first thing I realised about her is that when Jenny is passionate about something, she’ll dive right into it. She flew down from her home near Brisbane to join the Cabaret Class of 2012 and was a truly vibrant and much loved member of our group. Enthusiasm like hers is contagious, so I was thrilled to invite her back to Adelaide in February to join a cabaret tour of Adelaide metro theatres and to be involved in her Fringe season of An Unexpected Variety Show.

I read on her Comic Mummy website that she’d be returning to Adelaide to participate in the Cara TV Charity Challenge and I knew I wanted to do something to help. As she describes it, it is an Amazing Race style show in which Australians also raise funds for charity. The opportunity came about through her performances in the Adelaide Fringe and is a fantastic way for her to build her profile as a performer and support a cause she believes in.

I know from my own experience that when there’s a call to action for someone that I know, or is in my community, there’s a much larger incentive for me to step up and show my support. I’ve already donated $50 but I know there is more I can do. I can make sure you know you can go to this page and donate any amount you like and I can pull together a bunch of fantastically talented to performers who are willing to share their time and talents to support a person and a cause they believe in.

CABARET FOR A CAUSE will be held Saturday September 29 at 2.30pm and is being hosted by the generous and very funky team at La Boheme in Grote Street

Tickets booked via are $25 and are tax deductible.

Cabaret for a Cause


My goal is for us to raise $2000 towards Jenny’s target of $10K through this event.

Cabaret friends and family, this is where I’m calling for your support. Cabaret for a Cause will be an afternoon that promises to be great fun. These performers are all brilliantly talented and passionate about cabaret and performing.

You can show your own support by doing any of the following:

A) Book a TICKET to see Cabaret for a Cause

Go to donate $25 per ticket and type “Cabaret for a Cause ” in the message box. Your booking will be noted and your name will be on the door at La Boheme for the show!

B) Book a VIRTUAL TICKET to Cabaret for a Cause

Not everyone will be able to make it on the day, but that doesn’t prevent you from showing your support. Go to donate $25 and type “VIRTUAL TIX ” in the message box. I will personally make sure you receive a souvenir from the show!


This deserves support from everyone who loves cabaret! Feel free to re-post this page or its information via facebook, twitter, email or on your own site. If you have an email list of friends and fans it would be wonderful if you could share this information with them and encourage their support.


She’s set herself the task of raising $10K in 8 weeks. Even someone as full of love and enthusiasm as Jenny needs a little encouragement now and then. Find her on facebook, on twitter or on youtube. Send her a message and remind her that she’s got an enormous number of supporters behind her.

– Matthew Carey – Cabaret Confessional –


Jenny Wynter


If you’re on the Sunshine Coast (or anywhere else), you can help by donating online and taking part in the first ever

Kids on the Coast Online Auction for Charity

Kids on the Coast Magazine is supporting comedian and mother of three Jenny Wynter to raise $10,000 for Cara Disability Services, through a one-off online auction of preloved baby and kids’ items on their Facebook page.
Starting today and ending next Wednesday 26th September, you can upload details of your donated items on the page for people to bid on…AND as a bonus, everybody who donates their items will be in the running to win one family pass to Aussie World!
“I often feel as though I am drowning in toys, clothes and general kiddy clutter, so I thought, please don’t say I’m the only one!” says Jenny. “It seemed like a great opportunity for mums to do the spring clean (not that I even know what that looks like myself!), declutter and donate them to a worthy cause!”
You can find full details on Jenny’s fundraising efforts here.
The charity auction is online here!

Jenny Wynter