Wukkas on the Web – A Suburban Glam Cabaret

Cousin Tara (​Best Cabaret ​Nominee 2020 & ​Spirit of the Fringe ​Winner ​2019 – Fringe at the Edge of the World) delivers an online hour of eclectic musical comedy cabaret, capturing the heart of suburban Australian anxiety. Filled with hysterical original songs and mad witch energy, Wukkas ​is the third full-length show from this emerging cabaret rock star, and her first full-length digital event.

Melbourne cabaret sensation ​Cousin Tara ​(​Taranoia, The Spoon Monkeys, Pink Flappy Bits​) is a worry-wart of the worst variety – and a pandemic hasn’t helped. With the Melbourne International Comedy Festival cancelled, there seemed to be more wukkas than ever, with no stage on which to air them. Now she’s ready to emerge from her cabaret cocoon. With her original songs and charismatic wit, Cousin Tara mucks into the uncertainty of our current predicament, asking her audience: “Can I ever be anxiety-free, while the world is eating itself and me?”. Maybe she was right to worry?

Dowler, on ​Wukkas on the Web​:

I’m so grateful to the City of Melbourne for the opportunity to give this important show a life on screen. ​Wukkas​ is a heartening and hilarious communion for all those anxious bugs still itching to make a difference.

Dowler’s work as a songwriter and performer have earned her multiple accolades, including a Lyrebird Award and an Empire Records Songwriting Award. Her charismatic performance style has even been praised in Federal Parliament. ​Dowler has performed alongside Sammy J, PO PO MO CO, Mama Alto, Victoria Falconer (​Midnight Marauders, Fringe Wives Club​) and Liz Skitch (​Moulin Beige)​ . ​In 2018, she toured with clowning improv legends ​Two Little Dickheads (2018 MICF & Edinburgh Fringe​). Tara’s independent credits include ​Dirty Words ​(Melbourne Fringe 2017)​, Taranoia (​ Fringe at the Edge of the World; MICF 2019) and Cousin Tara’s Intervention Variety Hour ​(Melbourne Fringe 2019). During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tara has been commissioned by the City of Casey and the City of Wyndham to create online content for the public.

WUKKAS ON THE WEB will be streamed on Youtube on ​Wednesday 24 June at 7pm. Click here for the link.

The performance is free, but viewers are encouraged to contribute a pay what you feel donation at the MICF website


Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of AussieTheatre.com. She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

Gabi Bergman

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