Strut & Fret in association with MILKE & Blackcat Productions presents

Mothers Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin

Part of the inaugural season of The Spiegeltent Wollongong

Full of soulful songs and sinful spirits.

30 Apr – 30 Apr

Equal parts historical and hysterical, lose yourself in the company of sailors, barmaids and bootleggers in this darkly comic cabaret. Fresh from the Sydney Festival and Spiegeltent Hobart, Mother's Ruin is a raucous journey through 18th Century London, a few New York speakeasies, the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru. 

Mother’s Ruin moves from misery to vaudeville in a moment, intertwining excess and prohibition, rebellion and (re)invention. In the midst of the Australia's gin renaissance, discover a little more about your favourite drop, with this mixed up musical history lesson delivered with dry wit and “almost symbiotic harmonies” (Adelaide Advertiser). 

Starring two of Australia's rising stars of cabaret, Mother's Ruin features music by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Merle Haggard, Martha Wainwright, Billy Joel, The Popes, The Pretenders and more. 

Sold out at Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and Festival of Voices.

'Blisteringly entertaining.' - Daily Review

'Not only vocally sublime but a stroke of comedy genius' - Theatre Press

For ages 18years and over (No children, including babies in arms are permitted to restricted 18+ performances)

Audience Warnings: Strong language & adult themes

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Venue Information

The Spiegeltent Wollongong, Spiegeltent Wollongong, Arts Precinct


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Admission: $40
Student: $35
Con Pen/Sen: $35
(A per transaction fee of $6.90 applies for phone and online bookings.)

PLEASE NOTE: This is a general admission event and seats are not allocated.

Performance Times
General Public:
Sun 30 Apr, 7pm

Running Time
Approx. 60 mins (no interval)

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