Cabaret Comedy Workshop: Where Sequins & Satire Converge – presented by Miss Friby

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This fun and informative workshop explores act development through the genre of cabaret, where sequins and satire converge. How does one nail ‘profound’ to the wall? Perfect for musical performers, circus, vaudeville/variety and anyone with a desire to create some good old fashioned entertainment with elegant wit and wicked humour. In this workshop you will learn some great tips and tricks to apply to your creative process, and a hilarious cabaret act, that explores social satire and vivid ‘jazz hands’!

Presented by Elizabeth Dawson, aka Miss Friby; a director, choreographer, performer, producer, song/script writer. With a First Class Honours accreditation in nineteenth century burlesque traditions (2014), Elizabeth has made her mark on the vaudeville, cabaret and burlesque circuit, with two Green Room Award nominations (2012/15), a Fields Award nomination for her ‘Contribution to Australian Vaudeville’ (2015) and act direction for the winning entries of Miss Burlesque Australia 2014 (Zelia Rose) and Mr Boylesque Australia 2015 (Egson Ham). Elizabeth’s work as principle performer/producer for Miss Friby has been featured Australia wide and her uncanny ability to ‘have the audience eating out of the palm of her hand’ ( has seen Miss Friby delight audiences both as an MC/Host and solo performer. Currently Elizabeth produces seasoned works and boutique entertainment for the avante-showgirl company, Miss Friby and some of Australia’s major multi-arts festivals and programmers, including Rainbow Serpent Festival (2010-19), Culture Jam (2017-19) and The Village Festival (2012-17). She also works with a variety of artists, producers and presenters to develop creative works that are innovative, thought provoking and of the highest quality.

Join us for this year’s 2019 DesFest, celebrating the vibrant community, arts and culture of Central Australia. Head to for more information.

Desert Festival takes place on the land of the Central Arrernte people. We wish to pay our respects to the traditional owners of this Country and to their ancestors. As the Festival welcomes contemporary artists and art from around the world, we also celebrate the continuing culture of the Arrernte nation.

Proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government and the Department of Tourism and Culture.

Many thanks to our supporters; the Northern Territory Government, Arts NT, Alice Springs Town Council, 8CCC Community Radio, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, The Japan Foundation Sydney, Central Australian Art Society Inc., The Centralian Advocate, Totem Theatre, Casuarina Senior College Theatrette, Monte’s Lounge, Epilogue Lounge, Flynn Memorial Uniting Church Lawns, The Anglican Church, The Gap View Hotel, The Alice Springs Cinema, Tourism NT, Yeperenye Shopping Centre, the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, CAAMA, Red Centre Technology Partners, AS Print and TJ Signs.

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