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Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret About Gin

11–15 January

A unique cabaret full of soulful songs and sinful spirits
Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
Meriton Festival Village
Hyde Park North
Entry near Archibald Fountain

11, 12, 15 January at 7.30pm
13 January at 5.15pm
14 January at 9.30pm

60 mins
Priority Entry $49
General Admission $39/$35
+ booking fee


Director: Anthea Williams
Written by: Maeve Marsden with Elly Baxter, Libby Wood and Jeremy Brennan
Musical Director: Jeremy Brennan
Researcher: Elly Baxter
Producer: Laura Milke Garner
Associate Producer: Phoebe Meredith

Lose yourself in the company of sailors, barmaids and bootleggers for a soulful, song-filled ode to gin, equal parts historical and hysterical.

From 18th Century London to Prohibition-era New York and onto the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru, Mother’s Ruin takes audiences on a tipsy tour of the classic cocktail staple.

In the midst of Australia’s gin renaissance, discover a little more about your favourite drop. Mother’s Ruin is a darkly comic history lesson created with research by gin expert, The Ginstress, featuring intoxicating renditions of numbers by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Martha Wainwright, The Pretenders and more.

Note: The Meriton Festival Village is a licensed venue. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Photo: Patrick Boland

Not only vocally sublime but a stroke of comedy genius
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  • January 11, 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
    January 12, 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
    January 15, 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
    January 13, 05:15 PM - 06:15 PM
    January 14, 09:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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