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The Ghetto Cabaret

1 August, 2019 - 18 August, 2019

fortyfivedownstairs presents

The Ghetto Cabaret

1 – 18 August 2019

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★★★★ ‘one of the most ambitious and stirring, blackly funny and profoundly sad works of cabaret I’ve seen.’ Cameron Woodhead, The Age

‘a piece of magical theatre’ Stage Whispers


1 – 18 August

previews: Thursday 1 August
Friday 2 August
opening night: Saturday 3 August
duration: approx. 90 minutes
Tuesday to Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 5pm
ticket price: $45 – $55
bookings: 03 9662 9966

warnings: not suitable for children under 14 years of age. Contains haze, coarse language, strobe lighting, loud noises, adult themes & nudity

please note: while the performance features Yiddish songs, the show has been created for an English speaking audience with many songs featuring a verse in English

Any night could be their last performance. Danger, disease and betrayal surround the Jewish musicians, singers, dancers, acrobats, opera and theatre performers thrown together and trapped in the Ghettos of WWII. But their fear is transformed into art as they try to create meaning out of the terror and chaos around them.

Full of Yiddish songs unheard for decades, The Ghetto Cabaret is provocative and challenging, revealing the black humour, courage and wit of a people struggling to survive.

Presented by fortyfivedownstairs with the Kadimah Yiddish Theatre, audiences are challenged to re-think the widely held narrative of Jews in WWII as helpless victims and instead as spiritual fighters using theatre to inspire resistance, resilience and dignity in the worst of times.

Written by Galit Klas and directed by Gary AbrahamsThe Ghetto Cabaret tells a daring story created by third generation survivors rewriting the narrative of the Holocaust as a story for everyone.


The Ghetto Cabaret is supported by The Robert Salzer Foundation, Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation and Gary Peer




Writer/Performer: Galit Klas

Director: Gary Abrahams

Performers: Jim Daly, Nelson Gardner, Galit Klas, Evelyn Krape, Joshua Reuben & Dimity Shepherd

Musical Director/Pianist: Scott Griffiths

Musician: Alex Burkoy

Set & Costume Design: Dann Barber

Lighting Design: Rachel Burke

Choreographer: Leanne Marsland

Stage Manager: Cassandra Fumi

Production Assistant: Bridget McWilliams


Ticket Prices:

Preview: $40
Full: $55
Senior: $50
Concession: $45
Group 6+: $48


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members




1 August, 2019
18 August, 2019
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