A unique cabaret full of soulful songs and sinful spirits.

Stumble and soar through tales of love and women, gin and secrets, as Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood wind their way through 18th-century London, a few New York speakeasies, the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru, via sailors and barmaids, bootleggers and master distillers. Equal parts historical and hysterical, Mother’s Ruin explores the history of gin through story and song, all heaving harmonies and tipsy candour.

With two of Australia’s rising cabaret stars at the helm, Mother’s Ruin moves from misery to vaudeville in a moment, intertwining excess and prohibition, history and (re)invention.

With music originally performed by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Martha Wainwright, The Popes, The Pretenders and more, Mother’s Ruin is a theatrical cabaret that is ‘not only vocally sublime, but a stroke of comedy genius’ (Theatre Press).

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
Touring Party

Mild Adult content

MILKE is a Melbourne based producing company. MILKE represents a variety of performers across Theatre, Comedy & Cabaret. The nature of our business is to focus on producing high quality work that can tour within Australia.

Since establishing in 2008, MILKE has creatively developed and produced major work for Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Power House, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe, City Of Melbourne, Darwin Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Darebin City Council, Manningham City Council, Moreland City Council, Perth Fringe World, Ten Days on the Island, New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, & Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Touring is one of our key factor of MILKE to ensure that the life of our productions reach as many audience members as we can and in turn make the show and artists more sustainable

Previous works have also toured to regional Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and New Zealand.


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Unique Selling Point

Highly original. History buffs will love the background stories of "mother's ruin". Audiences who LOVE gin and there are LOTS of them. Gin is the new boutique beer and audience members are fierce about their G&Ts! People who love cover songs, good cabaret and fun night out.

Marketing Materials

Flyers, Social Media Videos, Tailored and personalised social media videos for all venues, digital images, Highlight video, Strong Social Media presence, Strong customer database, Television Ads,

Community Engagement

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