the cabaret

‘My Other Closet: The Cabaret’ is a true first-hand account of one man’s journey to “Domestic Violence Survivor”. Through powerful storytelling and creative re-workings of classic pop songs, it dispels the myths surrounding DV and especially DV in same-sex relationships. One part entertainment, one part awareness campaign, this production helps those experiencing DV to become “survivors”, gives powerful insight and teaches us all how to end Domestic Violence.

Now, with support from the City of Melbourne, 'My Other Closet the Cabaret' is making its Melbourne public debut in July 2017!!

Russ, a father of 3 now in his 50’s, takes us on a musical journey through the story of his life. Beginning in a Melbourne gay bar in the 1970’s, we follow Russ’s queer journey through a 17 year straight marriage, and into his first same-sex relationship; a relationship riddled with extreme violence, psychological and emotional abuse, manipulation, and control…

But wait! This story can and does have a happy ending! We follow Russ as he finds the courage to proclaim “this is not what love looks like” in a moving process of healing, with the help of his first love; Music.

Woven with stories from his past and a sprinkling of jazz and crooner re-workings of classic pop songs such as “Love on the Rocks”, “Help!”, and “I Will Survive” (with the help of accomplished composer & musician, Daryl Wallis),  "My Other Closet: The Cabaret" is a true story of domestic violence told from an insider’s perspective. .Sometimes light-hearted, sometimes heart-wrenching, this layered performance leaves the audience with a lasting impression and creates dialogue and discussion about an issue often thought to be taboo.