Mothers Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin is returning to London after a dream run of sold out houses, award nominations a-plenty and rave reviews in Edinburgh and Australia (as well as many an empty gin bottle).
Whet your appetite in a thoroughly gin-soaked way with Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin, performed by Australia’s hottest cabaret stars and served with the commonwealth’s darkest secrets.
Equal parts historical and “hysterical”, this darkly comic ode to gin is a raucous journey told through tales of women, love, sailors, barmaids, bootleggers and… gin.
Two of Australia’s stars of cabaret, and long-time collaborators Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood, ignite the stage with stunning vocals and quick wit as they take an intoxicating stroll through the history of one of the world’s favourite tipples.
Essentially is Mother’s Ruin a cabaret about gin? Yes. And no. It’s a roar from the very depth of the diaphragm recognising the stories of women that have been wiped from history and the gin that steadied their nerves.
From the streets of London to the Australian bush, via colonial India, New York speakeasies and the jungles of Peru, the mythology and propaganda around gin has been relentlessly used to subjugate women, build misnomers on miscarriage and hammer home the message of “hysteria”.
With music originally performed by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Martha Wainwright, Tom Waits, The Pretenders, Jessie J and more, Mother’s Ruin moves from misery to vaudeville in a moment, intertwining excess and prohibition, history and (re)invention.
NOMINATED Best Writing, Green Room Awards – Best Cabaret, Sydney Theatre Awards – Best Cabaret, BroadwayWorld Awards – Best Cabaret, Perth Fringe World Festival
“ … Marsden and Wood maintain a spot-on balance of larky humour, bolshy political consciousness, palpable passion for their subject and sheer joie de vivre” ???? The Scotsman
“ … it’s the range, depth, and content of the stories Marsden and Wood tell us, along with the gorgeous harmony of their pure voices, that linger once the cabaret is over.” ????? Time Out Sydney