Writer/Performer: Eliane Morel
Musical Director and Accompanist: Daryl Wallis
Disenchanted: A Cabaret of Twisted Fairy Tales began its life at a dinner party organised by my niece, who at the time was 9 years old. She invited us to attend dressed as fairy tale characters, and sing a song or tell a story as that character. In what seemed like a magically short space of time, I wrote the song from the point of view of Olga, one of Cinderella’s Ugly Sisters. From there an idea germinated of creating a cabaret based on the stories of fairytale side characters whose stories are overlooked and who feel they’ve been misrepresented.
After a few songs had been written, I was looking for a frame for the cabaret and discovered something marvellous – the real-life ‘Godmother of Fairy Tales’ – Madame d’Aulnoy – the hostess of a salon in 17th Century Paris who coined the term ‘fairy tales’ (contes de fees, in French). So, that’s where Disenchanted is set – in Madame d’Aulnoy’s Salon.
Disenchanted (don’t be confused, there’s a musical of the same name, but it’s not this one!) began its life onstage at the Sydney Fringe Festival, 2018.
Our tours of ‘Disenchanted’ were cancelled in 2020, but due to the wonders of modern technology, we appeared in not one but two festivals – Adelaide FringeView and the Melbourne Fringe Festival. And thanks to our incredibly talented team (Daryl Wallis, Simon Dikkenberg, Hayden Rodgers, Merran Hughes and Mimi Worssam) this digital rendition of ‘Disenchanted for the Melbourne Fringe was nominated for Best Cabaret, won Best 18+ Show in the International Young-Howze Theatre Awards, and has been viewed by people all over the world.
Now catch it online!
Now you can view an exclusive performance of ‘Disenchanted’ online. Created for the Melbourne Fringe Festival and supported by a grant from Create NSW, this fantastic digital production received rave reviews, was NOMINATED for Best Cabaret in the Melbourne Fringe and WON Best 18+ Show in the Young-Howze Theatre Awards.
In 2021 we have been touring – and winning more awards! We were so honoured to be awarded with the prize for BEST IN FESTIVAL at the Newcastle Fringe and BEST SHOW at the Dubbo Fringe Festival.
Our next appearance will be in the Cabaret Hub at the Sydney Fringe Festival on these dates, then hopefully Melbourne Fringe Festival (LIVE this time!)
Tuesday 21st September, 9.30pm
Wednesday 22nd September, 8pm
Friday 24th September, 8pm
Saturday 25th September, 9.30pm
Winner of BEST IN FRINGE (Newcastle Fringe Festival) BEST SHOW (Dubbo Fringe) and BEST 18+ SHOW (Young-Howze Theatre Awards), and nominated for BEST CABARET (Melbourne Fringe), Disenchanted: A Cabaret of Twisted Fairy Tales, is, as the name suggest, a deeply subversive take on fairy tales. Sexy, political and heartbreakingly real, this show is definitely not for children. Described as a “raunchy, operatic Into the Woods”, Disenchanted is set in a Parisian Salon in 1699 and hosted by the vivacious Madame d’Aulnoy (a real-life historical character, with a splash of artistic licence thrown in) and features a host of disgruntled fairy tale characters, keen to tell their side of the story, and answer these questions and more: Why was the Wolf in Grandma’s bed? How does a golden-egg-laying goose find liberation? Are the Ugly sisters’ feet really that big? And what does this all have to do with the French Revolution?
If you’d like to contact me, or to book the show, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some reviews of ‘Disenchanted’ from the Sydney Fringe Festival, 2018:
“Sexy and subversive, audacious and hilarious.”
“Pitch-perfect comic timing and vocals.”
“Fantastic, original, hilarious… with a frisson of risk.”
“I never knew I needed a raunchy, operatic Into The Woods. But I did.”
“Magnifique! Join the fairy tale revolution immediately!”
First two photographs by Andrew Worssam from the Sydney Fringe season
Remaining photos by Roger Stuart from the South Coast Tour