La Mama Cabaretica provides a vivid celebration of the cabaret scene in Melbourne. Cabaretica is co-curated by Susan Bamford Caleo and Isabel Knight and is a quarterly, late-night performance, offering an opportunity for established and emerging cabaret performers, and fans of cabaret, to come together to expand, explore and explode this bold and dynamic artform.

MC: Maude Davey

Maude Davey is a Performer, Director, Writer and Cabaret Artiste who has worked at the forefront of contemporary performance in Melbourne for the last thirty years. In the nineties she toured the world with Crying In Public Places, in the noughties, with Finucane & Smith’s The Burlesque Hour. Recently she directed the triumphant Gender Euphoria for Melbourne Festival. 

Photo credit: Sarah Walker 

Willow Sizer

A person in a cowboy outfit posing on a purple background

Willow’s work spans Burlesque, Cabaret, Experimental Theatre and Musicals.
Recent impressive things include Green Room nominations her cabaret; Death of a Demi Diva and her body of work in 2019; playing Pearl White in Ghost Quartet (Antipodes Theatre Company) and Paulette in Legally Blonde (James Terry Collective).

Photo credit: Lucy Cawood 

Mama Alto

Mama Alto is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste & gender transcendent diva. She is a transgender & queer person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability.

Photo credit: Alexis D. Lea Photography