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Damien Leith – The Parting Glass


Sat 14 Oct 2017, 8:00pm

Where: Dunstan Playhouse, King William Street, Adelaide CBD, South Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $60.00
  • Additional fees may apply


After an acclaimed run in 2015, Damien Leith is bringing his revered one-man cabaret show, The Parting Glass, back and hitting the road through regional Australia; and a select run of dates to metropolitan centres by popular demand. The Parting Glass: An Irish Journey made its debut at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival where it received a rousing response—its subsequent sell-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne received standing ovations cementing Damien Leith as a man of many talents.

The musical play, which takes place in an Irish pub, sees Damien take on the role of both a father and a son as they get to the bottom of a deep secret that has haunted them both. It is filled with humour and emotion, and, as you would expect from any pub setting in Ireland, it features a live band. Every aspect of the The Parting Glass was carefully thought out, including the music selection. Having the live band really does give that ‘sitting in a pub having a pint’ atmosphere.

“The music throughout the show is Irish music,” Damien says. “There is a collection of songs that I have just loved for years, songs like Danny Boy, Rocky Road to Dublin…the band play all the traditional instruments, fiddle, tin whistle, bodhran—it is a real Irish experience. You’ve got the drama side of it and the rousing Irish music.”

With songs like Danny Boy, Raglan Road, Toss The Feathers, Molly Malone and Rocky Road to Dublin to name a few, the show is unlike any other. It is filled with great conversation and humour, heartfelt emotion and incredible music. The Parting Glass showcases Damien as not only an exceptional musician and singer, but also a talented and engaging actor and playwright.

After the success of the 2015 tour, Damien couldn’t wait to take his show back out on the road again and the timing in 2017 was perfect. It was also a chance for the singer-songwriter to dig back into his Irish roots and add some more material. “I am thrilled that my show The Parting Glass will tour again in 2017,” says Damien. “I’ve added some great new Irish classics and I can’t wait to act and sing again in this very special production.”

Damien Leith first captured the hearts of the Australian public in the 2006 reality television show Australian Idol. Since then he has enjoyed platinum selling albums and multiple awards including ARIAs, MTV Australia Video Music Awards and Helpmann Awards. He recently celebrated his 10th anniversary in the industry with a massive national tour and has most recently been out on the road paying homage to one of his idols, the late great Roy Orbison. In addition to his incredible musical successes, he has also hosted and co-hosted multiple television shows and penned two novels.

The Parting Glass certainly continues to demonstrate Damien’s versatility as a performer, making a seamless transition on stage from acting to singing. Audiences will be taken on a journey, invited into the snug Irish pub with two endearing characters—they may laugh, they may cry—but they’ll certainly be entertained.