2011 Shows Archive


The Traditional Cáca Nollag Cabaret, 16 December, 9pm – €9 adm

For the last show of the year, the atmosphere was festive, and for the first time, we had a 19-person choir onstage, a fantastic way to sing out the year!  Helena And Cyril as usual opened the show, with Christmas songs and the usual classic cabaret fare (scroll down for a gallery of the event).

Our wonderful guests included Stephen James Smith and Enda Reilly from Dublin, Wexford poet Kevin Connelly, the VALDA Chamber Choir, Ollie Dempsey,  Stuart Wilde from the People’s Republic of Cork, the lovely Katheryn Doehner from Germany accompanying him on violin, and our fundraising raffle had original artworks as prizes, from Arek Wnuk, Kevin Lewis and Helena Mulkerns.

The Vine Restaurant of Main Street, Wexford was generous with a dinner voucher, The Wexford Arts Centre gave a show ticket, Sam McCauley’s chemist provided his and hers perfume/cologne and our most popular goodie was a “make your own cookies” kit from Yum Yums, who are a Wexford start up business.


The Wild WEXWORLDS Cabaret, 26 Nov 2011, 9pm, only €9 in!

Helena Mulkerns in Fancy Dress at the Wexworlds Cáca Milis Cabaret

Wexia, Spirit of the Arts Centre, in feathers and beads ...

Title: The Wild WEXWORLDS Cabaret
Location: The Wexford Arts Centre
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Description: Soaring in from across the Universe, it’s a motley, rebellious lot that shall attend this night of other-worldly revels. Sci-fi & Fantasy writers, scientists, dreamers, intergalactic songsters and an early-Bowie music retrospective features. Prize for best alien. This is part of the excellent cult weekend of the “WEXWORLDS” festival, so book early!
Start Date: 2011-11-26
Start Time: 21:00
End Date: 2011-11-26
End Time: 23:30


The Cáca Milis WEXWORLDS Cabaret, 26 November at 9pm, only €9 in!

The Cáca Milis Cabaret joins up with WEXWORLDS for a great Cabaret evening.


The Cáca Milis Grand Samhain Masqued Cabaret, 29 Oct, 11pm – late

Wonderland Theatre Company perform at The Cáca Milis Cabaret

Wonderland Theatre Company at the 2009 Samhain event


Title: The Cáca Milis Grand Samhain Masqued Cabaret
Location: The Wexford Arts Centre
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Description: MC Helena Mulkerns, accompanied by Maestro Cyril Murphy on piano, with a wild celebration of Celtic New Year! Bringing a fantastic line up of local, national and international performers, including fellow-Celts from Wales. Prizes for best Halloween costume or mask. Gothic and gorgeous, don’t miss it …
Start Time: 23:00
Date: 2011-10-29
End Time: late


The Cáca Milis Culture Night Cabaret, 23rd September, 9pm, WAC €9 adm


Tom Mooney and Melanie Mythen at The Cáca Milis Cabaret

Tom Mooney reads from his work at the Cáca Milis Cabaret


Title: The Cáca Milis Culture Night Cabaret
Location: Wexford Arts Centre
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Description: Culture for the peoples, yeah! For this year’s event, we proudly present some of the South East’s best. Not to mention some of the best from South West (of Wales) too, courtesy of the Coracle Project. Come dressed retro for spot prize … This year’s theme is the Music Hall of old.
Start Time: 21:00
Date: 2011-09-23
End Time: 23:00


The Cáca Milis Lunasa Love-In Cabaret, 26 August 2011

To celebrate the ancient God Lugh’s harvest festival, we decided to do a rather belated Lunasa party at the Cabaret.  The theme was late sixties/early seventies, with lots of hippy love songs and some hard rock as well.

There were several love-children an rock rebels, a Joni Mitchell/Leonard Cohen medley from Helena and Cyril and some excellent jazz from Blue Valentines.  Emerging artists Johnny Murphy, Erin Fornoff and Pearse McGloughlin traveled from Dublin to perform, and the inimitable Wexford Improv provided the Comedy. see some photos here, and this post will be updated with text very so check back for more pix and text.

Performers at the Lunasa Love-In Cabaret

Ewa Babiarcyzk of Khelashi Dance

Poet Jeni Williams

Brendan Wallace, Scientist

Hostess Helena Mulkerns

Johnny Murphy, Singer-Songwriter

Writer Zara Little-Campbell

Reka Fodor of Khelashi Danc

Pearse McGloughlin, singer-songwriter

Erin Fornoff, Poet

Blue Valentines, Jazz Duo

Cyril Murphy on Piano





The Electric Picnic, Arts Council Stage, Mindfield, 3/4 Sept, 6-8pm


Our recent two-nighter on The Arts Council Stage in the Mindfield Arena of Electric Picnic was a blast, and a tremendous success.   We played for two hours each night, and despite some fierce competiton (the Theatre of Food next door’s clamorous “Batter Burger” routine being one), we had good crowds, and some fantastic performances.   More coming on this, check back soon …

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Full Moon Cabaret 15 July 2011

The Cáca Milis Cabaret’s Full Moon Cabaret will take place in Dublin at The Pearse Centre Theatre, on Pearse Street, D2.

Thus far on the line up:  Elder Roche, Caitriona O’Leary, Bren McCarthy of The Poisoned Hearts,
Sarah Maria Griffin, Miss Azara Starfire, Barry Mack, Dan Comerford,  and more.
Short film is by Claire Dix:  the wonderful “Free Chips Forever” (Thanks FilmBase!)

Elder Roche

Miss Azaria Starfire

Caitriona O’Leary


Check back for more details, but keep the July Full Moon Free:  Friday 15th at 8:30pm





The Mayday Cabaret, 27th May 2011

Stuart Wilde

The Mayday Cabaret saw a full house even from the start of the pre-gig gig – a sign of the popularity of The Darling Sins.  The Sins played an early set before the Cabaret proper, and for those whose first time it was to see this band, they weren’t let down by the excellence of Leni’s distinctive vocals and stage presence, along with the cool accomplishments of Joe Harpur and the crew.

Stuart Wilde and Katherine Doehner

Kicking off at nine o’clock, with the theme being “Mayday” – Helena Mulkerns reprised a selection of wartime songs, with Cyril Murphy on piano.  As Mistress of Ceremonies, Helena introduces proceedings, and each act, picks up after the break with another couple of songs – to the worthy accompaniment of Cyril on piano.  This evening’s deliberate nostalgia included “Lily Marlene,” “La Vie en Rose,” “A Nightingale Sang on Berkeley Square,”  “Seems like Old Times” and more.

It was the Welsh  who kicked off – courtesy of Coracle, an Interreg initiative promoting the Ireland-Wales Project.  Writer Emma Baines and poet Simone Mansei Broom brought the crowd to order with some intriguing and accomplished work, always appreciated by the WAC audience.

Up next, Stuart Wilde and Katheryn Doehner waltzed that ditzy cabaret muse around the hall, with some songs like “Little Ol Restaurant”  -  from Stuart’s DVD, “The Black Crow” and accompanied by the gorgeous Katheryn, who sported a most delectable pair of high heeled leather boots  (for which Iggy Pop would have been most lascivious).

Dave Lordan is a man not to mess with – his poetry has the disarming quality of coming over at once bitingly satirical and achingly funny at the same time.  The audience make shake with mirth, but is stricken by the depth of the underlying messages long after the lights have dimmed on the stage.  Dave’s live work has been called “a dynamic and inventive poetic experience,” and we understood why as he performed for us this evening.

Filmbase, Ireland’s indispensable source for Irish independent film makers, have provided the films (with the film makers’ permission of course) for our Ciné Sweetcake slot.  “Tufty”, from Warrior Films caused a near sensation in the crowd tonight, as audience members audibly reacted to the scenes of horror and gore onscreen.  “I couldn’t sleep after seeing that film,” noted one seasoned Academic from Waterford Institute of Technology.  Yes – with a tagline like, “what if you knew where your Teddybear really came from?”  what could you expect.

Glen Peters proved a man well able for the audience in its aftermath, however.  Born in India, raised in England and now running a splendid Cultural Centre in South Wales, Peters’ reading from his novel, “Mrs D’Silva’s Detective Instincts and the Shaitan of Calcutta” (Parthian Books) explored themes of cultural and political upheaval, and brought a whole new world alive for the audience.

The perfect follow up to this might well have been an exotic dance from Khelashi – and it was.  The lovely Kate McKenna – harpist, pianist, teacher and bellydancer  (not to mention former Cáca Milis piano player!) delivered a veil dance that was alluring and accomplished at the same time.

Funny? You want funny?  Well, do it yourself.   So sayeth the Wexford Improv Group, who gather ideas from the audience during the evening, then improvise their set on the basis of the subjects suggested in little notes then handed up onstage.  It has to be seen to be believed – and no better bunch than these, who always throw a new slant on whatever you throw them.

B & The Honeyboy took to the stage for the final stretch – a blues- rock duo that kick out a mean set of songs with Bayou and dirt-country influences that take on a contemporary edge with the searing, soulful vocals of Aileen Mythen to the fore, and Kierán McEvoy’s guitar stomping or sailing in and around them.  Kierán, interestingly, appeared at the antecedent to The Cáca Milis Cabaret – the old “Clumsy Cabaret,” which made its mark in the original East Village Sin-é Café in the early 90s.  Welcome back, Kierán!

Following the stunning performance from Diva Aileen, MC Helena took the mike to bid good night to the crowd – a fabulous evening all round, and one of many more, we hope.


The Grand Gala Fundraiser Cabaret 24th June 2011

Many thanks to all who participated and came to our Grand Gala Cabaret on 24th June – we helped raise over €4,000 for Arts Programmes at the Wexford Arts Centre!

Thanks to Arek Wnuk, whose excellent photography skills portray the Cáca Milis Cabaret at its best: