Some describe it as cabaret’s golden age: the remarkable period in 1920s and 30s’ Berlin when hedonistic partying and social revolution turned nightclubs into hotbeds of decadent entertainment. Reawakening that spirit in this revelatory concert, our hosts acquaint us with the oft-forgotten composers of the time, many Jewish, whose art would soon be condemned as ‘degenerate’ by the Nazis, dancing as it did on the edge of a precipice.
Best known as Dame Edna Everage, Humphries sets aside his alter ego to share his personal passion for a period that has long fascinated him, his witty anecdotes and irreverent asides providing interludes to a treasure trove of songs and instrumentals. With Meow Meow giving us Kurt Weill standards alongside rarities from Friedrich Hollaender, Ernst Krenek and Erwin Schulhoff, both world-renowned Australian artists are accompanied live onstage by London’s trailblazing Aurora Orchestra.
Performances in this piece are outstanding, such as a terrific duet by Humphries and Meow Meow: Mousie
T is rare to have an evening such as this, complete with a 17-piece orchestra and stars such performers as Meow Meow and Barry Humphries. Every seat should be filled for the run of this show
Barry Humphries and his colleagues have created something unlike anything else on the London stage, I advise you to catch it while you can
Blunt, sparse, and deeply seductive
Legendary performer Barry Humphries brings some of the most iconic pieces from the Weimar repertoire to the Barbican
Aussie legends Barry Humphries and Meow Meow tackle the songs of the Weimar Republic with high-minded aplomb