Adelaide Festival Centre has announced that award-winning Australian stage and screen star, writer and performer Virginia Gay will take on the role of Artistic Director for the 2024 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Ths announcement was made by two of this year’s nine co-Artistic Directors, David Campbell and Julia Zemiro, who passed on the baton to Virginia at Mark Nadler’s Hootenanny late-night show in the Banquet Room.
A popular face on televisions across the country through her roles in Channel 7’s All Saints and Winners and Losers, ABC’s Savage River and SBS A Safe Home, Virginia Gay has won accolades and hearts alike for her stage roles including in Calamity Jane and most recently in Cyrano which she also wrote. Virginia has also performed at Adelaide Cabaret Festival several times over the years in shows including Dirty Pretty Songs, Songs to Self-Destruct To and Gentlemen Prefer Blokes.
Virginia Gay commented, “Adelaide Cabaret Festival is a place where I have had some of the most extraordinary performance experiences of my life and where I have witnessed, and performed alongside, world class Australian acts and international stars. I love Adelaide audiences – their openness and willingness to see new work, their warm embracing presence and their response to this beloved festival means there’s an electricity in the foyers, backstage and amongst the performers.
“I’m so excited for 2024 – for the game-changing iconic acts, for the up and comers who I know you’re going to love. I’m proud, I’m honoured and I’m so looking forward to delivering a 2024 program that will blow your socks off.”
The 2023 Adelaide Cabaret Festival has been well received by audiences with almost 20 sold-out performances in the first two weeks. With just one more week to go for the 2023 festival program, audiences can delight in performances by glittering artists including cabaret favourite chanteuse, Rizo in Prizmatism, Geraldine Quinn in BROAD, Nancy Denis in the Adelaide premiere of M’ap Boulè, trumpeter and singer Roscoe James Irwin in Lost In A Dream and vocal powerhouse Thndo in her new show The Reintroduction.