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, this digital rendition of ‘Disenchanted for the Melbourne Fringe was nominated for Best Cabaret and 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 from New York (“I never knew I needed a raunchy, operatic ‘Into the Woods’, but I did” – Ricky and Dana Young-Howze) and was nominated for Best Cabaret.
In 2021 we’re going to start touring a live version of the show again, starting with the Newcastle Fringe Festival. If you’d like to see what the live version looks like, check out the promo below:
Witty, musical, topical and totally original, Disenchanted transports you to a 17th Century Parisian salon, hosted by the Godmother of fairy tales, where you learn the truth and nothing but the twisted truth about why the wolf was in Grandma’s bed, the Marxist philosophy of the Goose that lays the golden eggs, what those pigs in the building industry were really up to, why the so-called Ugly Sisters were robbed… and so much more.
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Some reviews of ‘Disenchanted’ from the Sydney Fringe Festival:
“Sexy and subversive, audacious and hilarious.”
“Pitch-perfect comic timing and vocals.”
“Fantastic, original, hilarious… with a frisson of risk.”
“A dastardly modern and topical take on fairy tales.”