Opening Gala
6:30pm, Tue 19 June

Experience highlights of multiple shows from across the festival in the one extravaganza, hosted by the one and only Dolly Diamond.

Katya: The Minx From Minsk
6:30pm, Wed 20 and Thu 21 June

Katya is dark, sexy and powerful at her core, even if she doesn’t know it yet. With Melbourne soul-songstress Jessica Papst and a killer band.

Kabaret Dietrich
8:30pm, Wed 20 and Thu 21 June

Nikki Nouveau performs a delicious theatrical affair unveiling the alluring enigma of Marlene Dietrich through song and story.

Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice
6:30pm, Fri 22 to Sun 24 June

Danielle O’Malley is following her 2017 sell-out seasons of ‘You’re My World – The Cilla Black Story’, with a sexy, sassy tribute to another icon of 60s pop.

God Only Knows: The Songs of Brian Wilson
8:30pm, Fri 22 to Sun 24 June

Accompanied by band, cabaret rockstar Drew Downing narrates the life of Wilson through one of the most acclaimed songbooks of any composer.

Sun Rising
4:30pm, Sat 23 and Sun 24 June

Sun Rising – The Songs That Made Memphis consists of music and narrative that pays homage to the early music of Memphis record label, Sun Records.

We've Only Just Begun – The Music of the Carpenters
6:00pm, Wed 20 to Sun 24 June

The Carpenters are a beacon of hope for one little Italian girl (Angela Lumicisi) growing up in the confines of her traditional life in Melbourne.

Shaken – A James Bond Cabaret
7:30pm, Wed 20 to Sat 23 June

Charlie D. Barkle and Erin Hutchinson pit the seven ‘Bond’ actors against each other in a race to determine, scientifically, which of them is the greatest all-time Bond.

What Doesn't Kill You [blah blah] Stronger
9:00pm, Fri 22 and Sat 23 June

Winner of the two major awards from Perth Fringe World 2018, this outstanding production reveals several bizarre, extraordinary, but true, tales of survival.

Monash Uni - Cabaret Showcase
12:30pm & 2:30pm, Sat 23 & Sun 24 Jun

We present the next generation of cabaret stars thanks to Monash Uni’s School of Music Cabaret.

Ovariacting: A Period Drama
4:30pm, Sat 23 and Sun 24 June

Inspired by her uterus, Laganja, the love child of Joffrey and Donald Trump, Jamie Boiskin explores the monthly nightmare of losing your favourite underwear.

Late Night Jazz Cabaret
7:30pm, Sun 24 June

Presenting a vaudeville style line up of artists from Melbourne’s thriving variety circuit, in an irreverent and skilfully beautiful performance of rat pack to Ella Fitzgerald.

The Songs That Saved Your Life
6:30pm, Tue 26 and Wed 27 June

Join Jazz Chanteuse Kimba Griffith and her darkly sensitive rendering of iconic songs from the grunge era of the 1990s, backed by celebrated improvisational jazz musicians.

Fire Walk With Us: The Music Of Twin Peaks
8:30pm, Tue 26 and Wed 27 June

A live re imagining of songs and music from both the Twin Peaks TV series soundtrack (1991) and the prequel film Fire Walk With Me (1992).

Practically Perfect – The Music of Julie Andrews
6:30pm, Thu 28 to Sat 30 June

This glorious stage production celebrates the life and music of the legendary Dame Julie Andrews.

Someone's Daughter
8:30pm, Thu 28 to Sat 30 June

Someone's Daughter is Alyce Platt's exploration of the disquieting and electrifying side of one woman's shadow, her upside down. A curious journey through the imaginings of this funny little world.

He's Every Woman
6:00pm, Tue 26 to Sat 30 June

Justin Clausen's powerhouse vocals take on some of the best songs made famous by some of our favourite ladies, with Jamie Burgess at the piano.

Comma Sutra
7:30pm, Tue 26 to Sat 30 June

From sign language gone wrong to Germany's penchant for weird and wonderful words, join language-loving Lou as she figures out why she's so smitten with the written.

Peter Allen – Live in Inverted Commas
9:00pm, Fri 29 and Sat 30 June

Join Matthew Hadgraft as he takes the fabulous journey from rural NSW to the top of the world and back, with all the sites, the songs, and all the feels along the way.

Max Riebl – Hard to Handel
12:30pm, Sat 30 June and Sun 1 July

A performance combining virtuosic hits by the greatest composer of the baroque era with songs from the golden era of pop.

Baby Bi Bi Bi
4:30pm, Sat 30 June and Sun 1 July

A wickedly funny, often filthy cabaret about being a bisexual woman.

Mike McLeish's Q&A with Joe Stilgoe

Mike: As a self-confessed film buff, when do you think you first became aware of the impact of music in film?

Joe: It was probably the crows in Dumbo singing 'When I see an elephant fly' who did it for me. I remember thinking they were so jazzy and it was really the only thing I remembered from the film. From then on I was obsessed with films having songs in them, within the action, and not necessarily musicals. That's what hooked me in.

Mike: It's such a wonderful concept to take music specifically designed to serve a particular art form and reimagine it for a live performance where the music is the hero rather than one of many crucial elements that come together to make a great film. How and when did you decide to make this show?

Joe: Why thank you – I'm not doing anything particularly revolutionary but I am looking at the music from a different angle rather than just churning out songs from musicals, as they don't have quite the same impact as a non-musical film with brilliantly chosen music. I love giving the audience a visual memory as we play a particular song (like 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head', for instance.)

Mike: It's an obvious question, but I have to know, how did you even begin to decide which songs to include in the show? Did it come down to your own personal connection to certain films?

Joe: I have a list which is so long they won't let me on the aeroplane (unless I send it in advance on a ship), so I've tried to make the choices personal to me and the guys in the band. If we relate to the songs, the audience will relate to them too. This is the third incarnation of the show (I know, normally the dodgiest of all sequels, but this one is more Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade than Police Academy 3) so I've delved deeper into my treasure chest, and we focus a fair bit on the 80s – what a magic and often quite strange decade of films that was.

Mike: This show marks your Melbourne debut. Welcome! We're a live music town so I think you'll fit right in. You're a stellar jazz pianist touring with a world-class band. How much room do leave for improvisation when you perform Songs On Film?

Joe: Thanks again, I like you a lot. I've actually played Melbourne at the comedy festival 4 years ago and I've been twice before that, but now I'm here for the first time performing in my own name, and I can't wait. We can't wait. In terms of improvisation, there's a good chunk, though it doesn't get in the way of the story-telling. We use jazz (in that improvisational sense) sparingly in the show, when it feels right and when we want to change the energy.

Mike: Who would play you in the movie about your life? And what would the title of the movie be?

Joe: Always a tricky question, as I don't want to appear falsely immodest. They'd have to play the piano so that limits it a tad, but in the real world I would put forward my friend Jamie Parker (who is about to play the older Harry Potter in the new play in the West End). He can do no wrong. In another universe, Gene Kelly. The film would be called – Really? You?

Songs on Film in on for two nights only – Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June at Chapel Off Chapel. Book here.