Cabaret's in and Combo's goingmore
By FIONA SCOTT-NORMAN
January 23, 2004
It is blinding how quickly change can occur. Over the past nine months from when The Storeroom in North Fitzroy lost its cabaret room - Melbourne's cabaret landscape has undergone seismic alteration. The flurry of births, deaths, and transformations has been at a level usually reserved for a season finale of EastEnders.
Venues have changed hands like tazos in a schoolyard. In August, Matthew Grant, the founder and artistic director of The Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, handed over his eclectic cabaret venue to a consortium of four former customers, and the programming has changed completely. In November, the artistic director of Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran for eight years, Nancy Cato, quit her position, and in December, Paul Baden and Patrick Smyth left Capers in Hawthorn after running it as a cabaret venue for more than six years. The only designated cabaret venue to make it to 2004 without new management was The Kitten Club in Little Collins Street.
Meanwhile, experimental rooms and daring new players are popping up everywhere.
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