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Christmas comes to the cabaret

BY Mama Alto | 15-Nov-2015
An annual tradition, the camp, kitsch and sparkly Christmas cabaret presided over by prolific diva Mama Alto and musically directed by pianist extraordinaire Miss Chief rolls into town for the fourth year running, with a constellation of special guests.
Venue: The Butterfly Club (Dec 10-13) and Hares & Hyenas (Dec 15)
Address: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place Melbourne; Hares & Hyenas, 63 Johnston St Fitzroy
Date: December 10-15
Time: 8.30pm
Ticket: $32 full, $28 concession, $25pp group 8+
Buy / Ticket: http://www.thebutterflyclub.com
Web: www.mamaalto.com
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Mama Alto photographed by Trent Pace
The Mama Alto Christmas Special is a beloved holiday tradition and has become an annual event, now in its fourth year. Presided over by one of Melbourne’s most prolific cabaret divas, the sublime Mama Alto - recently returned from a triumphant international tour performing in Cuba with burlesque legends Finucane & Smith - and musically directed by Miss Chief, the Christmas cabaret extravaganza features a veritable constellation of special guest stars.

“We started four years ago at the original South Melbourne Butterfly Club with a few of our closest friends from the worlds of cabaret, burlesque, opera and music theatre,” reflects Mama Alto, “with the aim of bringing camp holiday cheer to an otherwise stressful and isolating time of year for many. And people really responded. I never guessed we would start a tradition that our collaborating artists and our audiences would love and come back to year after year - and it just keeps growing!” 

There’s certainly a value to the camp and kitsch spirit which a queer cabaret perspective brings to the silly season. “For many people, Christmas is tough. For whatever reason, it’s not a time of family or joy. Cabaret is a natural home for outcasts, and by revelling in the ridiculous, camp, queer side of Christmas - through vintage holiday songs, through laughter, and through celebrating the found families and communities we create for ourselves, we hope to bring a bit of fabulousness back to the tail end of the year. Who doesn’t love a bit of glitter on their tail end!”

The Fourth Annual Mama Alto Christmas Special plays The Butterfly Club from December 10 to 13, with a special accessible edition at Hares & Hyenas on December 15.