Cabaret Bio

Jack L does the rounds of the tablesThe Cáca Milis Cabaret is an irreverent, multi-disciplinary event that seeks to present a little of each of the Arts throughout its two-hour programme, somewhat in the joyous spirit of old time Music Hall –  with an emphasis on technical quality and artistic excellence.
Founded by Helena Mulkerns in 2009; its first performance was at The Wexford Arts Centre, January 2009.  Since then, it has run over 50 shows, and presented around 500 performers at its original base in The Wexford Arts Centre, and other venues in Dublin, Limerick, Wicklow, Wales and Electric Picnic, in Co. Laois.
If the viewer clicks through our site, and sees the photo galleries – they will see established artists such as Dermot Bolger, Eleanor McEvoy, Colm Tóibín or Jack L alongside emerging performers and writers – and this is the aim of the Cabaret: a blend of all.   Dubbed “post-modern vaudeville” the event takes the joyous format of the old music hall “variety” slots, but presents original artists with original work – with dancers, comedians, mime artists and short film – all from the Irish Arts scene.
Run solo, with the help of the Wexford Arts Centre team for two years by Helena, since then Alex Caulfield and then Aileen Williams have come on board as coordinators, and down the years an ever changing and ever talented group of artists have been involved on a volunteer basis, from pianists like Fintan Cleary, Imogen Robb, Kate McKenna or Cyril Murphy – and now piano man and composer Josh Johnston  to photographers Arek Wnuk, Filip Naum, Alan Mahon and more.  Video and website contributors have included Stefano Rolando and Ewa Newmann.
Thus at its heart, under the main direction of its founder, the Cáca Milis Cabaret is a broad, multi-disciplinary group of artists that presents a taste of each of the Arts through its two-hour programme, somewhat in the joyous spirit of Old Time Music Hall – but (importantly) with a definite emphasis on technical quality and artistic excellence.
The Cabaret promotes performers through its website, traditional press outlets and social media forums. We have featured in The Irish Times, Hot Press, national radio (Today FM and Arena) and television (Imeall, TG4). The Cabaret would like to expand its capabilities to promote and support the performers.
The Cabaret is run on a voluntary basis with a small budget for Admin costs and reimbursement of volunteers’ expenses, and all performers receive a set fee.  Both The Wexford Arts Centre and Arthur’s have been supportive of the venture, and we have also played Electric Picnic regularly for the last 4 years.
Our mission for 2014 is to continue to continue to present the Cabaret to its dedicated audience in Wexford, and to successfully expand its presence in Dublin.   We want to improve on our promotion of all our artists, welcoming performers who return to the Cabaret on a regular basis.
In 2013, we also published a book – Red Lamp Black Piano – with the kind support of Wexford Borough Council, The Coracle Project, The Wexford Arts Centre, and private sponsorship.  With a splendid introduction by Irish writer Patrick McCabe, it’s an excellent cornucopia of work from writers and poets who have appeared at The Cáca Milis Cabaret.  Please visit our book page – or any Amazon website to buy one and support us.
Our greatest strength is the artists who support and perform with us, and who understand and love what we are doing. The “proof of the pudding” as it were, is that we are honoured to have many excellent performers, writers, poets, dancers, film makers and other artists return again and again to perform or screen their work – thereby creating a very special “repertory” feeling – but ever introducing new and emerging talent, while presenting more established artists at the same time.
We appreciate any sponsorship, volunteering or other support you may like to recommend or offer!