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Ugly Duckling: A pop cabaret – it’s a hairy tale!

03 9663 8107

18 - 24 Sep 2017

Ugly duckling is adopted, a Z grade socialite and suffers dysmorphic delusions of grandeur. Duckie is very discombobulated to learn that only cygnets, not ducks transform into beautiful swans.

However Duckie won't allow mere genetics to stand in her way as she utilises surgery, social media, celebrity, Botox, feathers and fillers to fulfil her self-appointed birthright. Part of The Butterfly club’s curated, Melbourne Fringe Festival season, Ugly Duckling combines all your favourite pop tunes like with everything you loved about films like Easy A, Ten things I hate about you and Clueless. Navigating the tricky terrain that every modern day femme faces, Duckie is Carrie Bradshaw on crack, with a little bit of KIMYE jumbled in for good measure.

Performed by Karla Hillam (The Divine Miss Bette, Los Nachos Trios, Offspring, Wentworth and The Warriors), directed by the multi-award winning international cabaret artiste Spanky. (Candice McQueen: Nasty, Matthew Mitcham: Twists and Turns, Matthew Mitcham: Under the covers) and Musically directed by Andrew Kroenert (Carmen Live or Dead, 27 Club, Jesus Christ Superstar, Dream Lover) with sound and lighting by Daniel Barca (Tessa Waters, Ivan Aristeguieta, Fringe Wives Club, Backwards Anorak and Aunty Donna).


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Type Entry cost
Group (6+)

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