23rd March 2011

This past March 23rd consituted our 25th Anniversary – 25 shows, launching into a third year, and what a great evening it was.

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The evening kicked off with some Edith Piaf, from MC and Chanteuse Helena Mulkerns, accompanied by Cyril Murphy on piano.  This was followed later on by some Kurt Weill, and a Mexican cabaret classics.

Welsh guest Poet and writer Chris Ozzard, read beautifully from his work, as did fellow Welsh poets Paul Harris and Clare Scott.  Musician Clare Roberts performed her own work on the violin, and young Welsh-language film maker also screened part of his latest film. It was a fascinating and welcome new departure to hear the melodious tones of Welsh, alongside the Irish language presentation of the Cabaret by Helena Mulkerns.

From the other-worldly realm of traditional Circus, performer Anaspitos performed what can only be described as an enchanting act involving mime, juggling, bubbles and a magical crystal ball.  His exquisite art really has to be seen to be appreciated – so watch out for further appearances by this unique artist.

Storyteller Deirdre Wadding delivered an excellent traditional tale, complete with Bodhran and Gaeilge, in keeping with the fact that the event was the last on Wexford’s Seachtain Na Gaeilge agenda this year.

From Kilkenny came stalwarts “The Kilkenny Bottlestoppers”, who, as with many of the Cabaret’s alternative acts, defy definition.  A combination of Tom Waits and Tom Lehrer, the combo baffled, horrified and delighted the audience with their ineffably quirkey songs and warm stage presence.

You could say that the Wexford Comedy Improv, the new staple on the Cabaret’s line-up, are also beyond definition, but that’s the glorious nature of improv.  This year’s rambunctious debut covered subjects such as catfights in a labour ward and Sumo wrestlers – go figure!!!

Finally, the soothing harmonies and original songs of Martine Keane and her band (including an excellent debut from Paula Keane) soulfully played out the evening, leaving audience members to reflect that it had been one of the best cabarets yet.