Following her acclaimed digital cabaret, ‘Wukkas’ in 2020 (funded by City of Melbourne COVID Art Grants), award-winning musical comedian Cousin Tara delivers an hour of eclectic musical comedy guaranteed to make you giggle. Tara is joined each night by a ‘concerned’ friend: a special guest comedian to share a comforting song or a round of hide-the-chicken-tender. Cousin Tara explores psyche and society; a folk-rock pity party juxtaposed with warm and witty storytelling.
Cousin Tara started her musical comedy career at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, alongside Lou Mapleston in the raucous cabaret-comedy ‘Pink Flappy Bits’. Tara has performed alongside Po Po Mo Co, Victoria Falconer (Midnight Marauders, Fringe Wives Club) and Liz Skitch (Moulin Beige), and has toured with clown-prov legends David Tieck and Sharnema Nougar in Two Little Dickheads (2018 MICF & Edinburgh Fringe, 2019 & 2020 Adelaide Fringe). Along with her co-writers and producer, Tara has just received funding by Creative Victoria to develop a new musical exploring the experience of vulval pain conditions with humour and heart.
Cousin Tara’s Intervention Variety Hour is comedy-cabaret at its most bizarre and brilliant, with original music that will stick in your head from now until family Christmas (if we’re all still talking by then).
Artist and producer
Tara Leigh Dowler is a Melbourne-based musical comic, writer, and entertainer. Her second full length solo production, Wukkas, was nominated in for Best Cabaret at Hobart Fringe at the Edge of the World in 2020 and re-imagined in June last year as an innovative digital release, with support of a City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grant. Tara’s debut solo production, Taranoia, earned her critical acclaim at Melbourne Comedy Festival and ‘Spirit of the Fringe’, at F@TE 2019. Tara’s work has been described as ‘wukking funderful’ (Tasmanian Times), and Tara herself ‘a comedy vampire … with mad witch energy’ (Pop Culture-y).
Comedy Garden at Hotel Darwin
Ticket price $15.00 - $18.00
Restrictions18 and over Contains adult themes Contains strong language References mental illness, suicide or self harm References sexism, homophobia or jokes about gender
- Wheelchair accessible
- Fully accessible toilet open at all times
- Wheelchair entry via the venue side door