Torte e Mort – Songs of Cake and Death

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September 23 & 24, 9:30pm

National Theatre Melbourne

After a World Premiere season chock-full of rave reviews at the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Adelaide-born, cabaret songstress Anya Anastasia is set to return again to this year’s Fringe as she transforms The National Theatre Melbourne’s Fringe Program with the darkly humorous, seductive and dangerously witty TORTE E MORT: Songs of Cake and Death.

Anya Anastasia is accompanied by Bec Matthews on percussion to present an electrifying live performance. The audience witnesses Anya’s transformation through exaggerated iconic archetypes in the feminine form, deftly evolving through characters from Marie Antoinette to a feisty she-devil. The show explores decadence, pleasure, hedonism and sardonically unfolding reflections upon potential earthly consequences.

Though dripping with satire, TORTE E MORT unashamedly celebrates all these extremes of the psyche and humanity, leaving the audience to work out which was a warning and which was an invitation to indulge in extreme behaviour.

Anya Anastasia has performed her original shows in Prague, Berlin, and around Australia and New Zealand to rave reviews, and inspires a cult-like following. “Forget commercial comedy and half-baked theatrics. This is Fringe at its wild and spunky best” Sunday Mail, ‘an exquisite hour of cabaret’ The Plus Ones, 2015 ‘You should know this if you didn’t already: Anya Anastasia is a major, major talent.’ Stage Whispers, 2015.

Anya’s latest show has been directed by two iconic mainstays of the Melbourne cultural scene, Helpmann and multi-Green Room Award winning performer Sarah Ward (Yana Alana), and devisor of circus and physical theatre, Sue Broadway.

Anya will be performing alongside other Fringe favourites including Carita Farrer Spencer in Larry Paradiseo and the Fabulous Dame Farrar as well as Michaela Burger in Exposing Edith as a part of The National Theatre Melbourne’s Fringe Program.

The National Theatre Melbourne, a Beaux art icon of St Kilda and Melbourne, is home to the nationally recognised training institutions the National Theatre Drama and Ballet Schools as well as many regular hires ranging from community groups to non-professional theatre organisations. The National Theatre Melbourne’s Fringe Program is yet another event in the Theatre’s foray into contemporary programming streams encompassing cabaret, live music and innovative musical theatre which is expanding the possibilities for Melbourne’s thriving arts scene and community. In addition to the 783 seat main auditorium The National Theatre Melbourne is equipped to also cater for smaller spaces in the 1920’s style Mezzanine and more contemporary spaces including two studios with black box configuration.

In 2016, The National Theatre Melbourne will celebrate 80 years of continuous operation and provision of opportunities to emerging performing arts talent.

Tickets for TORT E MORT: Exposing Cake and Death are available from The National Theatre Melbourne’s website


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