The Palais St Kilda. June 26, 2013. Festival runs, various venues, until July 6th.
A gala of cabaret acts, each appearing to promote their individual shows, sounds marvellous in theory and certainly there was talent galore on the stage. However, cabaret requires intimacy, venues where the artist can embrace the audience, make eye contact. The beautiful Palais theatre is cavernous, 1,000 people are easily lost in it, and it provided none of the intimacy required. The Athenaeum, packed to the rafters, would have provided a far better venue. Nevertheless the stage was dressed beautifully and there was an air of expectation in the auditorium.