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The Soubrettes

'Irreverent. Yes. Earnest. Never.' - The Age
'The Darlings of Melbourne’s cabaret scene.' - Herald Sun

Sassy, sophisticated and a little silly, The Soubrettes take a tongue-in-cheek look at everything, changing musical genre as often as they do wigs. From drugs to cunnilingus, poverty to hair, the Soubrettes seamlessly marry highly inappropriate lyrics with sweet melodies and the result is hilarious. You don’t want to laugh but you can’t help yourself. Considered one of Australia’s premier cabaret acts, they have been performing their original cabaret to sell-out crowds since 1997. They have toured Australia extensively and performed at arts festivals in New Zealand and Edinburgh. Their song I Wanna Be a Drug Addict was a cult classic on Triple J.

Tania Kyriakou – Soubrette

Artistic Director of The Soubrettes

Tania Kyriakou portrait - SoubretteSick of boring and inaccessible theatre, after having completed her Animateuring degree at the VCA in 1997, Tania set up the irreverent theatre company Short Attention Span with fellow collaborators Alice Carter and Krisztian Bagin. Enjoying its intimacy, cheekiness and variety, she has focussed on creating original and relevant cabaret inspired by the art form's originators in fin-de-siecle Paris and 1930s Berlin. Just as Parisian cabaret artists utilised the familiar chanson as a basis for their material, Tania uses contemporary musical styles in writing for The Soubrettes. Tania directed and facilitated numerous award winning cabaret shows including Misbehavin', Cabaret Chat Noir and The Soubrettes and Friends – VARIETY a GO GO. She was a creative consultant on hit show Vaudeville X and wrote songs for In the Beginning directed by John Bolton. She has written a song for Australian feature film Josh Jarman and sang back up vocals for Baz Lurhman’s CD Something for Everybody. Tania is currently a member of the Green Room Award committee for Cabaret.

Alice Carter – Soubrette

Alice Carter portrait - SoubretteAlice Carter studied Arts/Law before turning her hand to clowning and cabaret in 1997 when she trained with John Bolton. Her comic timing, sharp wit and lawyer's eye for detail have ensured the success of every project, resulting in critical acclaim as well as numerous awards and nominations. Her recent works include In the Beginning, Cabaret Tingel-Tangel, Misbehavin' and Hamlet in One Hour (Melbourne Fringe Festival Theatre Award). She continues to work as a barrister and thrives on the challenge of juggling her time in Court with her time on stage. With her Masters of Law now complete, she is continuing her theatrical training with the likes of Phillipe Gaullier and Keith Johnstone.  Alice is an accomplished musician, obtaining her A.Mus.A in piano in 1992 and co-writing many songs as one half of The Soubrettes, including the cult hit Drug Addict, as heard on Triple J. She is a founding member of Short Attention Span and is committed to reinvigorating the theatre tradition by creating exciting and relevant work that will make audiences laugh, think and think again.

Friends

Krisztian Bagin - Seymour

Krisztian Bagin portraitAfter several years studying Chiropractic, Krisztian realised that he wanted to touch people emotionally, but definitely not physically. He subsequently completed studies in acting, character, mask, melodrama, music and movement at the John Bolton Theatre School and attended workshops with Phillipe Gaulier, Angela de Castro and Keith Johnson.  Krisztian, along with Alice Carter and Tania Kyriakou (The Soubrettes), forged the theatre company Short Attention Span as an umbrella for their collective work. Krisztian has since seen much success with a number of shows, all of which he co-wrote and performed in.  Cabaret Chat Noir had three sell-out seasons and won the Melbourne Fringe Award for Cabaret; Hamlet In One Hour (directed by John Bolton) received the Melbourne Fringe Award for Theatre before playing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Adelaide Fringe and touring regional Victoria; Fat And Skinny In Lab Rats, performed with Jason Geary, won the 2002 Melbourne Fringe Award for Comedy. Krisztian was a Moosehead Award recipient for the development and performance of The Beginning and End Of Fin Begin for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Miria Kostiuk – Princess Sputnik

Miria Kostiuk portraitMiria is a Melbourne-based collaborative actor and a graduate of the VCA. Miria's theatrical performances include premieres of Australian plays, new works for theatre in education, innovative re-workings of classic plays, and self-devised comedy characters for cabaret. She has worked for major theatre companies and with many independent theatre practitioners in Melbourne.  Credits include:  Cheech (Melbourne Theatre Company), Yet Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves (Eleventh Hour), Australian Marriage Act/Schnorky the Wave Puncher (Arena Theatre Company), Svetlana in Slingbacks and the Inside 01 Season (Playbox) which won a Green Room Award for Best Ensemble. Independent shows include: Antony and Cleopatra, Crave, The Visit, The Death of Ivan Illich, Mickey.com.au, Cabaret Chat Noir and Variety a Go Go. Miria has also worked in TV (Shortland Street, Micallef Tonight, Blue Heelers and Scooter-Secret Agent) and with ABC Radio (drama and book readings). Miria has been a sought-after participant for numerous creative and script development workshops for many companies. She has a long creative association with Short Attention Span and has participated in writing and performing in cabaret and variety show projects with them since 1998.

Karl McConnell - Steg or Durt

Karl McConnell portraitA trained actor, Karl has left the written word behind in search of elusive impro gold. Along with Rik, he is a member of CalamityWayne and performs regularly in their improvised show, The Bingo Board of Doom. Karl says “No” to the safety net of scripted work, refusing to learn lines and not bump into furniture. His quest for spontaneity has left him unsure if he is Steg and / or Durt.

Rik Brown - Steg or Durt

Rik Brown portraitRik Brown developed a love of impro during his days studying at Rusden. After he graduated in 1996 he began performing with Impro Melbourne. He became part of the successful Theatresports™ team 'Calamity Wayne', which won several state titles, and developed their own long-running improvised comedy show, The Bingo Board Of Doom, which celebrated its 100th show last October. Rik has performed throughout Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore and recently performed in Theatresports™ All-Stars and in Celebrity Theatresports™ during the Melbourne Comedy Festival. This year he won “Most Valuable Player” in the Australian national theatresports competition which makes him Australia’s best improvisor.

Josh Abrahams - Piano

Josh Abrahams - portraitJosh Abrahams is one of Australia’s most respected music producers.  He was a member of Future Sound of Melbourne (FSOM), which became one of Melbourne’s most successful electronic acts and whose album, Prologue, received the 1996 ARIA for best dance release. Josh released his first solo album, Satyricon, on Carl Cox’s Worldwide Ultimatum label. His second solo album, Sweet Distorted Holiday, received 2 ARIA awards in 1999 for 'best dance artist album', 'best independent release', while the single Addicted to Bass achieved platinum sales in Australia. Josh produced Baz Luhrmann’s album, Something for Everybody, which went gold in the USA, then co-produced the soundtrack for the hit film Moulin RougeSoon after, he released the album Stuck in a Groove under the moniker of Puretone. The single, Addicted to Bass, spent a phenomenal two months in the UK top 10, peaking at #2, and across the Atlantic, it was a #1 Billboard Dance Chart hit in America. More recently, Josh wrote additional music and produced songs on the soundtrack for the Australian film, One Perfect Day, winning an IF award for his efforts in 2004.  He also wrote and performed (with various guest singers) all the music for the new Ang Lee co-production feature film, One Last Ride.

William Poskitt – Piano

William Poskitt began playing piano at four years of age and found a love for jazz and improvised forms in his adolescence. He auditioned and was accepted for the VCA in both the repertoire and improv streams. He completed his Bachelor of Music with honours in 2000 and received a number of scholarships, including one from the Mensa Foundation. Whilst at VCA, he continued to learn classical music with teacher Donna Coleman. Will also began to work as a hired musician in Melbourne jazz clubs and bars, and has worked with numerous eminent musicians, including Ted Vining, Adrian Sheriff, Nina Ferro, Steve Magnusson, Ian Chaplin and Ben Robertson. He performed at many festivals including the Wangaratta and Melbourne International Jazz Festivals.  Will is currently completing his Masters degree at VCA under teacher Donna Coleman. His skills as a pianist have taken him abroad to various places, most importantly his two music residencies with the ‘Chris Hale Ensemble’ at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Canada. William is a multi-skilled musician who can perform comfortably across a variety of genres and has had much experience in many types of music-making, including cabaret.