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Make Believe – Children's Songs for Grown-Ups


Mon 13 Aug 2018, 8:30pm–9:30pm
Tue 14 Aug 2018, 8:30pm–9:30pm
Wed 15 Aug 2018, 8:30pm–9:30pm
Thu 16 Aug 2018, 8:30pm–9:30pm
Fri 17 Aug 2018, 8:30pm–9:30pm
Sat 18 Aug 2018, 8:30pm–9:30pm

Where: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $34.00
  • Concession: $30.00
  • Groups 6+: $27.00
  • Members: $27.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: miriamkeane1983

David Salter, burnt out children's entertainer and world class drinker, invites you to take a little trip down memory lane in his adults-only children’s show, Make Believe. Like the lovechild of Noni Hazelhurst and your endearing drunk uncle, Salter sings and slurs his way through a songbook of nostalgia.

Your favourites from Patsy Biscoe, Sesame Street, Peter Combe, Disney and The Wiggles have finally reached legal drinking age! Salter's reinterpretations of cherished classics take dark, funny, and often unexpectedly raunchy turns, in this night of cabaret gold.

Cheaper than a drug habit and more fun than a psychotic break, this show is the perfect antidote to the harsh realities of adult life. Achieving a superb balance between joyful exuberance and melancholic cynicism, Salter weaves together songs, comedy, magic and ventriloquism, to create the ultimate kids party, with the added pleasures of booze and the complete absence of children.

Described as “One of Adelaide’s most versatile and engaging performers”, David Salter has worked for over ten years as a children’s entertainer and puppeteer. He has regularly brought his charming performance style to the stage in both dramatic and musical productions during Adelaide’s Cabaret, Fringe and Feast festivals. Starting as the seed of an idea which was pollinated during David’s time with the Australian Cabaret Summer School in 2013, Make Believe, his debut solo cabaret show, has been developed and crafted over the intervening years.

Declared “a highlight of the Adelaide Fringe” (4.5 stars, Glam Adelaide, 2018), it’s Melbourne’s turn to experience the fun and catharsis as Make Believe lands at the Butterfly Club for one week only.

Slip back into those simpler days of imagination and juvenile naivety, embrace being a big kid at heart, and take your inner child on a night out that you’ll both enjoy.

“Self-deprecating, reflective and hysterically funny, Make Believe is a gem.” - 4.5 stars, Adelaide Theatre Guide, 2018