The Cáca Milis Cabaret
21st Jan 2011 - 13th Dec 2013
Take one Friday night theatre venue, with candles at each table. Add mellow lights across a stage, a singer, a piano player and some unexpected guests. Put them all into the newly-vamped Wexford Arts Centre theatre on the last Friday night of each month, and you’ve got THE CÁCA MILIS CABARET – the South East’s most exciting live review, on the go since January 2009.
Hostess and coordinator Helena Mulkerns is a former co-host of The Clumsy Cabaret in New York’s Sin-é Café, and the evening provides a similar live, mellow alternative for those seeking some cutting edge music and performance.
Helena is accompanied by Wexford pianoman extraordinaire Cyril Murphy, and guests will perform anything from German cabaret to Irish Sean Nós – from comedy spots to new poetry and fiction. Expect to see some of Wexford’s emerging talent performing original compositions, and Wexford's Improv Group came on board in 2011 to bring a regular laugh-section to the programme. Other regulars include the oriental sassaying of Khelashi Dance - who bring bellydance and chiffon veils to the spotlights.
The Ciné Sweetcake section presents new short film and animation from Irish or Wexford film makers, and this summer partners with Filmbase, who are celebrating their 25th Anniversary, to present a series of award-winning short films.
The event is not an “open mike”, but a vaudevillian-influenced series of guest appearances with a spontaneous flavour – so those who might like to participate in the Cabaret should e-mail their request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Artists who have performed include Eleanor McEvoy, Kevin McAleer, Billy Roche, Colm Tóibín, Dermot Bolger, Eoin Colfer, Maria Tecce, Emer Martin, The Poetry Divas, Dave Lordan, The Darling Sins and a host of other wonderful artists.
In 2010, The Cáca Milis performed at Electric Picnic in the Mindfield Area, and this year has seen it travel to the very magical Pearse Centre Theatre - a bijou venue on Pearse Street in the heart of Dublin.
To beat the current Celtic blues, admission is only €9.00, and an economic late night bar is available.