What did Ken and Barbie do when you weren’t looking?

Babushka present a cute and creepy comedy cabaret all about our first childhood BFF, the doll. Utilising their range of talents the Babushka gals will nurse dolls, break dolls and become dolls in their typically surprising arrangements of everything from Queen to Offenbach.

Prepare to be seduced, comforted, tickled and burped through a darkly comedic musical experience drawing from opera, 80s pop, nursery rhymes and rock’n’roll. Take stroll down the sinister side of memory lane and see the world through your Dolly’s eyes: How do we use them to objectify, pacify, falsify and deny?

We yearn to be Barbie, cuddle our Cabbage Patch baby, stick pins in Voodoo dolls (but not in blow-up dolls), and sometimes we behave like dolls ourselves. Babushka beckons you into the Barbie Dreamhouse for a very grown-up play-date... Batteries sold separately.

Venue Format
Theatre, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
C, D
Touring Party
Five (4 performers/musicians and 1 crew)

Adult content/themes, some coarse language

Little Match Productions is an independent Brisbane-based company that creates contemporary musical performance works that traverse comedy-cabaret, opera, classical music and children’s theatre. The company is passionate about exploring our collective humanity via its most primal and intrinsically expressive media - the voice. Over the past six years, Artistic Director Alicia Cush, Creative Producer Bethan Ellsmore & Designer Penny Challen have developed a reputation for their unique ability to present classical vocal techniques in innovative contemporary contexts.

Creating The Owl and the Pussycat and works for the cabaret group Babushka, operatic ensemble Belladiva, and cabaret artist Bethan Ellsmore, Little Match Productions has a focus on creating roles, collaborations and opportunities for female artists and arts professionals. Their works fuse opera, classical, cabaret and pop in theatrical musical experiences that combine arresting and original musical arrangements, vocal acrobatics and compelling storytelling.

Over the past four years, the collective has produced work for Queensland Cabaret Festival, Wonderland Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Anywhere Theatre Festival and Brisbane Fringe Festival and presented at Brisbane Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Noosa Long Weekend.

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Unique Selling Point

This musically-driven comedic cabaret explores concepts, ideas and themes relating to dolls and our relationship with them. This creates strong appeal to a female audience, easily marketed as an ideal 'ladies' night out'. However, it is interesting to note that men made up 30% of the audience in Doll's premiere season and provided the most enthusiastic post-show feedback.

While the initial attraction of Doll is comedy and a strong theme, the lasting impression Babushka audiences leave with is the originality and quality of the musical arrangements/vocal harmonies. This appeal is what builds Babushka's fan base and lures return audiences.

Marketing Materials

All information to be provided via Dropbox folder: High quality video trailers: • 1-minute trailer • 5-minute trailer Images:

  • Poster template - A3
  • Flyer template - DL & A5
  • 5x hero images (1 group image and 3x individual images) in both portrait and landscape
  • Cast headshots
  • High quality selection of production images
  • Marketing image templates for webpage (banner), Facebook and Instagram Social media: Active and successfully-engaged Facebook fan page Media Release: Templates readily available Reviews: 3 x reviews published and available as part of media kit

Community Engagement

Community engagement opportunities associated with this touring work will involve three different workshops, directed at members of our target audience/demographic (choral singers, musical societies, young singers). These workshops will focus on improving the vocal skills and vocal music appreciation of locals, in a format and with experienced professionals, not normally accessible. It is hoped that these activities will build a stronger relationship between artist and audience and encourage the audience to become more invested with the artists and work.

WORKSHOP #1 Cabaret Workshop: Life is A Cabaret - This 3-hour workshop is designed to help singers discover their on-stage cabaret persona and interpret repertoire in a fresh way through exploration of story-telling, character, dialogue/links, set lists, songwriting/arranging.

WORKSHOP #2 Advanced Vocal Masterclass: The Art of Auditioning - This 2-hour workshop/masterclass will help demystify what can be a daunting process – the audition; professional and amateur theatre productions, vocal examinations, performances and entry into tertiary institutions.

WORKSHOP #3 Hitting the High Notes - Introduction to basic singing technique for the amateur singer .This 2-hour workshop explores the most mysterious instrument of all; the voice. Learn the fundamental elements of vocal technique through group exercises in an informative and practical, but relaxed group environment.