Darker. Greyer. Shadier...

Three unlikely bibliophiles deconstruct the classics, try to look smarter than they are and drink a lot of pinot grigio. After performing to rapturous applause at Queensland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival, the three girls of Babushka want to discuss some serious literature and expand the membership of their bawdy book club.

Following hit tours of Happily Ever After and Doll, the girls are back with The Babushka Book Club to dive into the pages your favourite novels, be it chick lit, the NY Times best seller, or the well-thumbed erotic thriller on your bedside table.

Be entertained by a wickedly funny cabaret that features the iconic music of Fleetwood Mac and Lana del Rey through to Radiohead and Elton John, as Babushka turns your best loved novels inside-out and colour them various shades of grey.

Babushka will give Elizabeth Bennett a make-up tutorial, slap the handcuffs on Christian, and say ‘boy, bye!’ to Heathcliff. These licentious literary critics, (who totally read the book before they saw the movie), demand a fresh look at Jane Austen and some more snacks. Pass the brie!

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
D, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party
  • Can perform up to 2 shows a day
  • Babushka always contains adult content and lots of naughtiness
  • Cabaret mode is vital to the presentation, but the venue is flexible
  • The show tours with full technical equipment

At Little Match Productions, we are passionate about exploring our collective humanity via its most primal and intrinsically expressive media - the voice. Our works traverse comedy-cabaret, opera, classical music and children’s productions, delivering high quality entertainment enjoyed by audiences on many levels.

We are a collective of like-minded female arts professionals. Founded by Alicia Cush and joined by Penny Challen (Co-Artistic Directors) and Performer/Producer Bethan Ellsmore, we engage a variety of artists in rigorous collaboration for each project. Over the past six years, Little Match Productions has developed a reputation for its unique ability to present classical repertoire and vocal techniques in creative contemporary contexts.

Based in Brisbane, our primary focus is creating new, entertaining works for people across ALL of Queensland. We believe in making high quality work that is easily accessible to audiences. For our children’s shows, we pride ourselves on our hidden-vegetable art making skills that ensure ethical stories, told through excellent music, are wrapped up in joy and laughter.

Company Website

Unique Selling Point

Through 5 years of Qld regional touring, Babushka has developed a loyal and expanding audience base Easily marketed as 'Ladies' night out' and a genuine comedy cabaret show. Light, comedic entertainment with world-class vocals and musical arrangements. Wide array of musical styles from legitimate opera and music theatre torch song to unique arrangements of Top 40 songs. *While the initial attraction of this show 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

The Producer will be providing a new marketing pack format from 2019 for all productions. This will include collateral for multi-channel use and represents a full marketing strategy. This includes full media kit, social media materials, print templates, gifs, MRECs, video content, images and public relations materials. There will be customisable content, content creation assistance for presenters and a suggested schedule for implementation. All information to be accessed via Dropbox folder.

Community Engagement

Pre and post-show foyer activation - the company will travel with a foyer installation of books, customised prints and other accompanying collateral
-Engages audience in foyer activities before Doors open, enriching the audience experience and acclimatises everyone with the venue.
Post-event meet-and-greet -Photo opportunities and personal merchandise selling/signing -Allows for face-to-face connection between performer and audience -Breaks down the barriers of the ‘4th wall’ and the accessibility of Theatre Post-event Q&A -Allows for face-to-face connection between performer and audience Potential partnering with local bookshops and/or libraries for temporary bookclubs -Reach out to local book clubs to connect and draw in groups of people Encourage the audience to bring along their favourite books with them Potential accompanying movie night for kids during the show BYO Choir - Come sing with Babushka and learn some of their iconic arrangements in a casual sing-a-long and casual wine or five Three different workshops on offer that focus on improving the vocal skills and vocal music appreciation of locals to 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 -WORKSHOP #2 Vocal Masterclass -WORKSHOP #3 Hitting the High Notes