A Critical Stages Touring Production
Creator/Performer – Michaela Burger
Director – Jane Packham
Music Director – Carol Young
Arranger – Dave Higgins
Bouzouki/Guitar – George Grifsas
Dramaturg – Sally Hardy
Costume Design – Artemis Sidiropoulou
Lighting Design – Tom Bayford
Igniting memories of a story that millions of Australians can relate to, Michaela Burger pays tribute to her Greek migrant family and hard-working, fun loving larrikin father Luke who defied all odds.
From early morning deliveries for the family bakery at age seven, down opal mines in Coober Pedy at age sixteen and opening a chain of discount supermarkets in Adelaide, Luke’s road was not one for the faint-hearted.
Premiering to a sell-out Adelaide Cabaret Festival season and Winner of the Frank Ford and Best Cabaret weekly awards for Adelaide Fringe 2019, this critically acclaimed work conveys tells an incredible true story, brought to life through original music written & performed by Burger alongside local community choirs.
Featuring a live band, including piano and bouzouki, Michaela tells her family story with poignancy and comical aplomb. The show is both hard-hitting and hilarious, traversing 100 years from Russia to the Australian outback – following the hardship, ingenuity, tragedy and triumph in all migrants’ stories.
Available to Tour
Cabaret, Live Music, Music Theatre
Suitable for audiences 16+
plus optional interval
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Adelaide Fringe 2019
What people are saying
“A far-reaching generational story that crosses divides, ignites memories and pulls at your
heart-strings…” Stage Whispers
“Burger is extraordinary. A singer who can act and an actor who can elevate an audience out of
itself into the middle of the story she is conveying” ★★★★★ Glam Adelaide
“emotionally powered narrative…one the most passionate and heartfelt I’ve seen in any cabaret
show” Arts Review
“achingly beautiful” ★★★★★ The Upside News
2020 Tour Dates
27 March – Tintinara War Memorial Hall
28 March – Lameroo Memorial Hall
30 March – Burra Town Hall
1 April – Greek Club, Ceduna
4 April – Coober Pedy Drive In
9 April – Civic Theatre, Orange
7 August – Karralyka Centre, Ringwood
11 August – Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon
13 August – Wyndham Cultural Centre, Werribee
15 August – Geelong Arts Centre
29 August – Mildura Arts Centre
2 September – Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool
5 September – Clocktower Centre, Moonee Ponds
17 October – One Community, Blackburn
14 November – Gannawarra
About Michaela Burger
Described by Kate Ceberano as “an asset to the cabaret community”, Michaela Burger is the recipient of the award for Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2016 and has been nominated for a Helpmann Academy for Best Cabaret Performer 2016.
A graduate of the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music and the Mountview Academy of Performing Arts London, Michaela’s voice is known from Soho to Sydney.
Michaela is the 2015 Winner of the International Cabaret Contest, and has performed in her own work in festivals around the world.
Community choirs to be part of the touring show
Carol Young [MD], contacts community choirs [ahead of time] in whichever towns we are going to. They are sent sheet music to work on the songs. We then rehearse the show with the choir once we arrive and they perform with us during the show. This has proven to be highly successful and has enhanced the impact of the show in addition to involving communities on a deeper level – bringing people together demonstrating the power of community and acceptance first hand.
Free Your Natural Voice workshop with Michaela Burger
Experience what it’s like to speak and sing with your natural voice. Learn how to have more ease, flexibility, strength and confidence in your voice and how to sing and speak from a more open, expressive and comfortable space.
Free Your Natural Voice workshops focus on helping people, through awareness, find the full potential of their natural voice. These workshops include one-on-one personal advice on how to connect with and free your natural voice and proven to be of benefit to anyone who simply wants to reconnect and discover the power of their natural voice.
Additional fees for this workshop. Maximum 20 participants.
Selling Points & Audience
This is a multicultural show. It is appealing to people who have ever doubted their ability to prove their circumstances wrong or struggled starting a new venture as a minority. It is a tale of strength, passion, determination, inspiration and a hunger to change the course of ones destiny – all for the sake of ‘family’.
It features all original Australian songs [written by Burger] and it is “the story that millions of Australians could relate to” [Australian Stage].
We work with community choirs from the towns/venues, who perform back up vocals during the show [see below].
5 Star reviews!