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Anya Anastasia: Rogue Romantic

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* Winner – Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards 2016
* Named BEST IN FRINGE by the Adelaide Advertiser 2017

Feisty, feminist, fierce. Multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed cabaret femme fatale Anya Anastasia has gone rogue!

Armed with a biting wit, a lust for revenge, and her kick-ass all-female band, Anastasia presents a seductive and exhilarating night of hilarious physical comedy and intense audience interaction. Experience the extravagance, glamour and chaos of this off-kilter diva at the hottest cabaret party in town.

Channeling Yma Sumac and Shirley Bassey, Anastasia’s vocals range from husky cabaret to operatic soprano. Rogue Romantic follows on from her smash hit 2016 Edinburgh Fringe season of Torte e Mort: Songs of Cake and Death.

ANYA ANASTASIA (Creator/Lead performer)

Anya Anastasia is a sassy cabaret chanteuse with a vivid and somewhat twisted imagination. She has traversed the globe with her original songs and bold performance pieces appearing at festivals in Europe, around Australia and NZ.

Winner Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe Weekly, nominated Best Cabaret Fringeworld, taking home five-star reviews from 2016 Edinburgh season and winning loyal audiences in every city she visits, Anastasia is a fresh force on the international cabaret scene.

Anya has recorded two albums, and written seven original cabaret shows which have been presented at festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe, Fringeworld Perth, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, FEAST, Adelaide Fringe, Prague Fringe, and venues around Australia and NZ.

In the last year Anya Anastasia has honed her craft working under the guidance of directors Sarah Ward and Sue Broadway, as well as Clare Bartholomew and Lucian McGuiness.

BEC MATTHEWS (Percussionist/Co-performer)

Bec is a percussionist, drummer, performer, composer, teacher, musical director and noise maker. Bec toured as a permanent member of the Circus Oz ensemble from 2010 to 2014; swinging in the air from Arnhem Land to New York she is the drummer who hits every mark and marks every hit. Bec was previously the Musical Director for the Women’s Circus and has been an integral performer and collaborator with multi-award winning act Yana Alana and Tha Paranas since their first show in 2007.

Bec is co creator of the most recent Yana Alana offering, Tears Before Bedtime, which was commissioned by Theatre Works and presented at the Festival of Live Art in 2014. She was Musical Director for the Melbourne Workers Theatre-commissioned work Every Angel is Terrible in 2009-2010.

Bec has worked playing live film scores with George Dreyfus and Silent Box and has toured with Musica Viva percussion ensemble WOOF! at schools across Victoria. She was a member of infamous Melbourne band The Spoils from 2009 to 2011 and toured to New Caledonia with Lou Bennett and the Sweet Cheeks in 2008. Bec is currently drummer for Anya Anastasia’s world premiere of Torte e Mort and is musical director for Yana Alana’s new show Covered.


Wes Snelling is an acclaimed cabaret artiste, performance-maker, actor, singer, comedian, writer, director, producer, radio presenter, production/stage/tour manager and mentor. Wes has seeded and starred in many original smash hit cabaret concerts including Trash (an existential romp set in an airport terminal) and Kiosk (a bio-musical exploring his teenage years growing up in a regional caravan park community). His home-grown performances have seen him tour throughout Australia, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, South Korea, the UK and USA. Directorial credits include working with Sammy J and Randy, Em Rusciano, Laura Davis, and burlesque superstar Becky-Lou.

Wes is the current Producer of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival national development programs Deadly Funny and Class Clowns. He is also the brains and bones behind the gin-soaked velvet draped nightingale Tina del Twist, who haunts various festivals and venues throughout Australia with her honey infused vocals and comedic wit known to shred Brie.

LUCIAN MCGUINESS (Musical Director)

Lucian McGuiness is a musician, composer and live-event producer raised and educated in Canberra, Australia. Through composition, arranging, and direction he has developed exploratory and theatre-tinged musical concepts for major arts and music festivals throughout Australia and Europe, including the gospel all-trombone choir, Salvation Street Shout, rhythm & blues immersive theatre show Little Egypt’s Speakeasy and the satirical parlour period music ensemble The Vintage Quartestra, and together with Company 2 the large-scale productions Perched and Scotch and Soda.

McGuiness is composer and performing musical director of the circus theatre production Scotch and Soda, produced by Brisbane-based circus Company 2, which has performed successful seasons at the Woodford Folk Festival, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Summersault Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Edinburgh’s Christmas, London Wonderground, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and Mackay Arts Festival. In 2015 he contributed musical direction and arrangements to Anya Anastasia’s 2015 commission for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Rogue Romantic. He has arranging and producing credits that include contributions to successful albums by the artists Passenger, Holly Throsby, All Our Exes Live in Texas and Tentempiés, and has to-date released seven albums of music ranging from traditional jazz to contemporary songwriting.

McGuiness currently lives between The Netherlands and Australia and works worldwide as a freelance musician in addition to the pursuits above. He has been a finalist in the APRA Art Music Awards, and a Freedman Fellowship nominee. He studied music performance at the Australian National University, the Conservatorium of Amsterdam and Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is currently a PhD candidate.



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2-13 August
15-27 August



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