The Glitter and Doom Salon
Presented as part of Midsumma Festival
$38 full, $26 concession, $20 students & groups of 6
About the show
Queer cabaret like no other: the interplay of glamour, tragedy, satire and risk taking.
The Bowery Theatre recognises the late Leigh Bowery who was born and raised in the West and went on to become one of the most influential international arts figures of the 80s and 90s. Like Leigh, the Glitter and Doom Salon represents avant-garde performance art, music and visual art in the provocateur genre.
Equal parts glamorous cabaret salon and debauched dive bar, The Glitter and Doom Salon is a live performance experience like no other.
A star of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it was described by audiences as “the hot, slightly androgynous, dark and intensely alluring new kid on the block when it comes to cabaret”, the Salon features Australia’s most enigmatic cabaret stars and vibrant vaudeville artists.
Inspired by the title of Tom Waits’ last live album, The Glitter & Doom Salon delves into the essence of cabaret artistry: the interplay of glamour, tragedy, satire and risk taking. It equally serves as a heartfelt homage to the music of Waits himself, an artist beloved by the contemporary cabaret scene and one of the all-time great songwriters of the dive bar/theatre circuit.
Expect performances of the most glitter-filled and doom-inspired kind, alongside performances of Tom Waits classics by emcee, performer and broadcaster Jennifer Kingwell.
We are delighted to announce our headline act, Paul Capsis for this show. Paul is a Helpmann Award winner and one of Australia’s most recognised performers. He holds many theatre, TV and film credits to his name. Paul’s Greek/Maltese heritage has often been a feature of his solo award-winning work.
Paul will be joined on stage by the stunningly SMASHING, Dandrogyny an artist that evokes Bowery in every sense, as well as the witty and captivating, Anya Anastasia and the Clara Cupcakes, dancer and madcap flapper. The show is tied together by the music of Tom Waits, and the brilliance of MC extraordinaire, Jennifer Kingwell and the Glitter & Doom Salon house band (Ann Metry + Chad Blaster).
Warning: Contains strong adult content.
About Paul Capsis
Paul Capsis is one of Australia’ s most versatile performers. His extensive career has included theatre, film, television, live concerts and cabaret. Paul has performed with Australia’ s leading theatre companies (Sydney Theatre Company (STC), Melbourne Thea tre Company (MTC), Malthouse Theatre and Company B Belvoir) and internationally in Vienna, Hong Kong, London, Edinburgh and New York.
Paul’ s theatre credits include Barrie Kosky’ s ‘ The Lost Echo’ (2006, STC) which earned him the 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play. ‘ Boulevard Delirium’ (2001, 2002 and 2005 Schauspielhaus, Vienna and 2005 Australia) with his Australian performance earning him the 2006 Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Concert Performer and the 2006 Green Room award for Best Cabaret Artiste.
Other awards include the 2004 Green Room Award Best Cabaret Artiste, and another recent Green Room award nomination for his role in the cutting edge Sisters Grimm production, ‘ Calpurnia Descending’ . In 2002 Paul received the Helpmann for Best Live Musical Presentation for ‘ Capsis vs Capsis’ for the Sydney Opera House.
Read this SMH article on Paul’s Maltese upbringing and artistry. April 2017.
Photo: Gee Greenslade
Tickets and prices
Concession price available to all health care card holders and seniors card holders. You may be required to show proof of concession at the venue.
Student price available to all school students and full-time tertiary students.
Please note: all performances are general admission
Children two (2) years and over will require their own seat. Children under two (2) years can be seated in the same seat with the parent/guardian.
People with disability
Please book your tickets via Eventbrite and please contact the venue on 9249 4600 so we can accommodate your seating needs. Note that the seating in the theatre is raked and there are three places that can be reserved for people in wheelchairs to sit in the audience in the front row. People with hearing and sight impairments can also be accommodated in the front row if desired. The centre has hearing enhancement facilities including audio loops. There are a number of accessible toilets and ambulant toilets in the Centre. Braille is used throughout the centre indicating toilet facilities.