A far-reaching generational story that crosses divides, ignites memories and pulls at your heart-string...the true spirit of the migrant experience

Direct from a sell-out season at Adelaide Cabaret Festival, A Migrant's Son is a true story exploring migration from Greece to Australia during the 1930’s. This extraordinary new work conveys incredible historical events that are brought to life through original compositions, creating a unique and touching account that is both hard-hitting and hilarious.

Written and performed by award winning cabaret star Michaela Burger (Exposing Edith), this is a tale about a man, the son of a poor migrant, who defied all odds and rose above adversity. From early morning deliveries for the family bakery at age seven, down opal mines in Coober Pedy and opening a chain of discount supermarkets, his unrelenting determination to build a successful life is comical and dramatic; as he pushes through like an unstoppable force - willing to sacrifice everything for his family.

Featuring traditional instruments, including bouzouki, the show touches deeply on topics of racism, intolerance and the struggles presented by migration. Spanning nearly 90 years, it presents the audience with deep appreciation of what Australia has offered migrants of past generations and of today. Through the engagement of community choirs as part of the show, there is also an elevated feeling of community-spirit and diversity.

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
Technical Rating
C, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party

Performance contains coarse language. This is only in the form of one of the characters that the cabaret artist plays who uses the "F" word frequently. The artist does not use course language while 'herself' in the show.

Described by Kate Ceberano as “an asset to the cabaret community”, Michaela Burger is the recipient of the award for Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2016 and has been nominated for a Helpmann Academy for Best Cabaret Performer 2016.

In addition to winning the 2015 International Cabaret Contest, Burger is the co-creator and star of the successful stage show Exposing Edith, about the life and songs of Edith Piaf. The show has performed to sell out audiences throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Other performing credits include Can You Hear Colour? (Adelaide Festival, Patch Theatre), Her Majesty’s Closing Benefit; alongside Meow Meow, Robyn Archer, Nancye Hayes, Rob Mills, Johanna Allen, Tim Rogers and Cameron Goodall (Adelaide Festival Centre), Brel-The Immortal Troubadour (Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Rumpelstiltskin (Windmill/State Theatre SA), Cranky Bear (Patch Theatre).

Her new show, A Migrant's Son, features original music by Burger and focuses on the theme of migration to Australia in the 20's and 30's and what affect it has had on Australia as we know it today. It is an imperative slice of Australian History that needs to be told. A history that is almost repeating itself with the asylum seekers and refugees who currently flee to this land.

Company Website

Unique Selling Point

This is a multicultural show. It is appealing to anyone who has ever doubted their ability to prove their circumstances wrong, to anyone who has started a new venture as a minority and to anyone who would like to experience a story of strength, passion, determination, inspiration and a hunger to change the course of ones destiny - all for the sake of 'family'. This show is unique as it features completely original music and lyrics and is an imperative Australian story that needs to be told.

This is not just the story of one man, but of millions of Australians.

Marketing Materials

  • Archival video footage and a promo clip of the show will be ready by July 14th
  • Currently have a high resolution hero image and production images
  • Generic artwork templates to be produced

Community Engagement

  1. Community choirs to be part of the touring show

Carol Young [MD], will contact community choirs [ahead of time] in whichever towns we are going to. They will be sent sheet music to work on the songs. We will then rehearse the show with the choir once we arrive and they will be part of the performance. This will enhance the impact of the show in addition to involving communities on a deeper level - bringing people together demonstrating the power of community and acceptance first hand.

  1. Free Your Natural Voice workshop with Michaela Burger

Experience what it’s like to speak and sing with your natural voice. Learn how to have more ease, flexibility, strength and confidence in your voice and how to sing and speak from a more open, expressive and comfortable space.

Free Your Natural Voice workshops focus on helping people, through awareness, find the full potential of their natural voice. These workshops,? run by singer, performer and voice coach Michaela Burger, include one-on-one personal advice on how to connect with and free your natural voice.

These workshops have proven to be of benefit to anyone who simply wants to reconnect and discover the power of their natural voice.