Entertainment Hive 2020

Shay brings plenty of glitz and glamour to the Cabaret Festival

By Honey B

Shay Stafford is bringing the glamour, feathers and energy of the Moulin Rouge and Lido to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival this year in Memoirs of a Showgirl. The former showgirl will pull back the curtain on the Paris cabaret scene and will reminisce in song and dance on her 12 years performing on two of the world's most famous stages. The gorgeous performer from Brisbane took some time out to answer our questions below. What is it about the Adelaide Cabaret Festival that you love or what have you heard about it? "Last year I attended the festival and I saw six shows in two days - it was incredible. I loved the diversity of the performances and I am so excited to be a part of it this year.'' How would you define cabaret?   "For me cabaret is entertainment with glamour, energy and a sense of humour.'' Tell us about your show.   "Memoirs Of A Showgirl is a trip to Paris  and her prestigious cabarets - on and off stage. My dancers, singer, MC and pianist accompany me in sharing stories of my 12 years in feathers and jewels, the glitter and the grind. And of course le French can-can.'' Cabaret seems like such an intimate art form - what scares   you about it and what do you love about it?   "After performing for 20 years nothing about cabaret scares me. It has been my working life and I love every audience.'' The Adelaide Cabaret Festival puts many wonderful performers together in the one space - who would you love to perform with or see at this year's festival and why?   "Kate Ceberano because her voice and her smile just make me feel good.'' Who are your inspirations?   "I adore Mistinguett, the French cabaret star who was magnetic on stage and always funny too. The Bluebells from Lido De Paris epitomise the elegance and style of French cabaret that I love. They are immaculately groomed and feminine and they move with such grace. From an early age I wanted to move just like that.'' What song can't you get out of your head at the moment?   "Let It Go from Frozen, and I blame my four year old for that.'' Shay Stafford in Memoirs Of A Showgirl, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Space Theatre, June 8 to 9. Bookings BASS 131 246
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