Blak Cabaret

// lights up the night with music, comedy and dance.

  • Season 2015 / Prologue
  • Event Type / Variety
  • When / 10 - 22 Feb
  • Where / Forecourt
  • Duration / 1 hour, no interval
  • Download / program

Blak Cabaret / is our star-studded gala to unleash Season 2015. A raucous addition to Southbank’s inaugural SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival, we invite you to join us for a night of sparkling variety that assembles some of Australia’s finest Indigenous musicians, comedians and dancers on stage in our forecourt and under the stars.

During the warm nights of February, Malthouse Theatre is hosting an open-air fiesta, with a pre-show barbeque, cabaret table-style seating and an outdoor bar that will keep the good times flowing throughout the night.    

Fresh from a sold-out season at Sydney Festival, the unstoppable diva Constantina Bush (Kamahi Djordon King, The Shadow King) flips Australia’s history on its head and blazes onto the stage as a forgotten queen from a distant land, taking no prisoners and claiming this terra nullius as her own.

And she’s bringing with her blak royalty. Join Constantina and a host of Australia’s most celebrated radicals including Kutcha Edwards, Deline Briscoe, Nikki Ashby, Bart Willoughby and Emma Donovan for an uproarious and subversive party that / lights up the night with music, comedy and dance.

Fierce and confronting ... laugh-out-loud funny

– Time Out Sydney
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Constantina Bush is not afraid to push the boundaries … Her demeanour – totally unaffected by her own jokes - was similar to that of Kim from Kath and Kim, and so too was the feigned ignorance to her own inappropriateness.

– ABC Online
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Concept and Creative Producer / Jason Tamiru
Text / Nakkiah Lui
Staging /
Matthew Lutton
Directing Consultant / Michael Kantor
Set & Costume Design / Chloe Greaves
Sound Design / Jed Palmer

Dramaturgy / Mark Pritchard
Performers / Kamahi Djordon King as Queen Constantina Bush and Nikki Ashby
Musicians / Deline Briscoe, Emma Donovan, Kutcha Edwards and Bart Willoughby

Extra Information

Ticket collect from Box Office.

Outdoor BBQ from 6pm (see menu).

Gates open at 6pm.

Book a table of six and enjoy two bottles of premium wine on the house. Tables bookings via Box Office on 03 9685 5111.

On the blog

Radical visions: Blak Cabaret

Resident Dramaturg Mark Pritchard takes us behind the scenes of the all-singing, all-dancing spectacular

Proudly supported by

Presented in association with SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival 2015.

Proudly supported by VicHealth Arts About Us and Triple R.


Key Image Photography /
 Andrew Gough

Image Treatment / The Sisters Hayes
Production Photography / Prudence Upton

  • Season 2015 / Prologue
  • Event Type / Variety
  • When / 10 - 22 Feb
  • Where / Forecourt
  • Duration / 1 hour, no interval
  • Download / program

Make Blak Cabaret a part of your tailored package.

Add to package