The prince and princess fall in love and live happily ever after. Or do they? Not according to the older and ‘wiser’ version of themselves. The long-time married, king and queen who've been around the block a few times, observe the young lovers and comment on their hopes and expectations.

In this hilarious and improper cabaret, we explore the truth beyond ‘happy ever after’ through well known and well loved songs. Revisit the fairytales of childhood with the wisdom, scepticism, and indecency of adulthood.

Dismal Ever After bemoans and celebrates the good, bad and the ugly of true love, but ultimately asserts that sometimes the real thing is so much better than the fairytale.

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
Technical Rating
C, D, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party
4 artists including 1 accompanist

Performances contain adult content

Wonder Cabinet is a production team that brings together performers, writers, composers and musicians. Dismal Ever After is Carole Williams Harriet Jackson Matthew Semple and David Austin (Bonny Nonny)

Unique Selling Point

The songs selected are well-known, contemporary and include a satirical take on Disney numbers.

Given a comedic twist to suit the song-cycle presented, the themes are universal but presented in a way that is unexpected and fun.

Marketing Materials

We can supply video, professional images, marketing copy, website and social media promotion.

The show was booked and sold out to rave reviews for the Hobart, Tasmania Festival of Voices in July 2018.

Community Engagement

Two of our four person line up are qualified teachers. Two are conservatorium graduates. One is a qualified, experienced marketing, and community engagement professional. All are willing and capable of running Q and A or workshops with community members wishing to either perform, move from amateur to professional, work in a vocal group, or write. All are used to engaging communities via promotion and happy to promote the show through radio, TV, traditional and social media. Additionally, the show can incorporate audience participation if required.