Driving down the highway allows time to think, the reflection in the rearview mirror isn’t always as picturesque as hoped...

NiKNaK Productions presents It Takes A Lot Not To End Up Dead, a cabaret of toe- tapping original songs and stories, weaving a conversation with Lizzie Flynn and her younger self (played by Ella Macrokanis) whilst she heads to her country town school reunion. The story revisits shared experiences of lost love, self-discovery, friendships and the healing that going home brings. This country cabaret resonates with the theme of how our regional communities, with their sense of time, history and relationships, provide us with a healthy sense of belonging and wellbeing. Even when we have been a million miles away, that 'no place like home' can be the foundation upon which we build our resilience and acceptance of self. It’s never too late to reconnect, a concept highlighted by this intergenerational cast of performing artists. With our current climate of returning and staying close to home, It Takes A Lot offers audiences a glimpse into the bitter-sweet moments, memories and shared life experiences that upon reflection, help us grow together as health, happy individuals.

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

NiKNaK Productions is one of Brisbane’s newest independent production houses, established to fill the gap in services for small local productions. NiKNak’s producers have over thirty years of combined show production and event management experience. NiKNaK Productions’ vision is to support local artists to create and stage exceptional content for Queensland audiences.

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Unique Selling Point

Driving down the highway gives you a lot of time to think. The reflection in the rearview mirror isn’t always as picturesque as you’d hoped... so hop in and hitch a ride on this road home to redemption, where you can either drive down a highway of regret or try to find a brand new view. What could I have done differently? Where did I go wrong? If only I knew then what I know now. NiKNaK Productions presents It Takes A Lot Not To End Up Dead, a collection of toe- tapping original songs and stories.

Marketing Materials

Media quotes, testimonials, video links, images, marketing material and audience reviews from the Queensland Cabaret Festival 2018 are all available via the below link. https://www.lizzieflynn.com/cabaret/?fbclid=IwAR0fF_mTws19exIE_aLBLBCfXOsj8hv0S4 GwPvIKDVweQWMHvkyMzO7C76Q Song: It Takes A Lot Not to End Up Dead – QLD Cabaret Festival 2018 https://youtu.be/jy6dWwRpLls Song: Nook – QLD Cabaret Festival 2018 https://youtu.be/0aJ9gCvSgjA Song: Not Forgotten – QLD Cabaret Festival 2018 https://youtu.be/stFEWgbb1lI

Community Engagement

Lizzie Flynn, an Education Qld music teacher and Ella Macrokanis, a private vocal coach have both worked with choirs of differing ages. Together they have designed a community workshop to engage with local school choirs, pub choirs or other singing groups with varying abilities or experiences.