Tag: Eleni Avraam


Sex-a-holic beats the Choco-holics this Easter!

By Deborah Langley  

This year the Easter Weekend has a spring in its step down in South Melbourne. Last night, despite the deserted streets and empty roads, a lively crowd was gathering at The Butterfly Club for the second night of Eleni Avraam’s Toxic Waste – A Love Story

Inside the intimate space the audience were treated to the ultimate warm-up to any cabaret as the pianist Rowland Brache vamped some classic tunes arranged and played with toe-tapping warmth and style.  

Once the show begins, we meet Betty – a yellow-haired, deluded queen, and self-proclaimed slapper

This sex-a-holic allows for some entertaining material full of sex toys, not-so-subtle innuendos and some questionable judgment when she decides she doesn’t mind being the other woman – just not the other, other woman. 

Avraam creates in Betty an annoying yet loveable character who works the audience with nervous delight, but it’s not until she introduces us to Marie, the wife, and the other side of this love story that Avraam truly shines.  

Although at times these characters begin to blend and the lines blur, Avraam finds moment of stillness and honesty which are really magical. 

For me, the show’s best moments come through the interaction between Avraam and her amazingly talented pianist.

With perfect timing, Avraam relishes these moments of personal interaction and Brache provides a solid yet silent creative and emotional support for this no-holds-barred cabaret. 

Toxic Waste – A Love Story dares to explore relationships as they disillusion, disappoint and dissolve.

Based on pure fiction (or so we’re told), Toxic Waste is brutally poignant, viciously honest, disturbingly raw and witty as hell.


So, if you want a have good chuckle this Easter Weekend (without your family!), head down to the home of the Melbourne cabaret scene, The Butterfly Club, 7pm tonight (Saturday) or 6pm tomorrow (Sunday) for the last two nights of this fun one-woman cabaret show – with 2 women.


Comedy Cabaret! Wondering what to see for this year’s festival? How about…


Have you met Davo? Tall, handsome, muscular, romantic, a great dancer… and made of cardboard.

Hasn’t stopped him cheating on both his wife Marie AND his girlfriend Betty, but this time the girls are out for some hilarious revenge!

Eleni Avraam stars in Toxic Waste: A Love Story (accompanied by Rowland Brache, directed by Kim Edwards)

Venue: The Butterfly Club, 204 Bank St, Sth Melb
Dates: 21st  – 24th April
Tickets: $22 Full, $19 Conc, $18 Group (8+)
Times: Thur – Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm
Booking: www.thebutterflyclub.com or at the door


This is the Absurd and Romantic tale of Parisian Frank, a French Cabaret Star who:
•    sings about love
•    dispenses advice about love
•    unfortunately knows nothing about love.

But that doesn’t stop him.

Join him and his mute Cabaret apprentice Neville, as they journey through the “Seven Magical Plastic Roses of Love”…

Anthony Dillon stars in Parisian Frank’s Plastic Rose Cabaret

Venue: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St
Dates: April  8, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24. Previews April 1, 2, 3
Tickets: $17 full, $13 conc, group (3+), preview, Laugh Pack, Tightarse Tuesday
Times:   8:30pm
Booking: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013, www.northcotetownhall.com.au or at the door


Melbourne Comedy Festival favourite Kitty Bang is back: bigger, bolder and with more krazy new Kitty-isms than ever before! If you like your cabaret contemporary, colourful and gloriously camped-up, this show is sassy, saucy and tonnes of good ol’ Kitty fun!

Kate Boston-Smith stars in The Big (Kitty) Bang Theory

Venue: The Imperial Hotel, Cnr Bourke & Spring St
Dates: 5 – 21 April (not Mondays). Previews Thur 31 March – Sun 3 April
Tickets: $23/$19 ($18 Tightarse Tuesday)
Times: 7pm, 6pm Sundays
Booking: www.ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 660 013

Melbourne Comedy Festival Presents TOXIC WASTE: A LOVE STORY

Love never runs smooth when the man of your dreams is a 6ft cardboard cut-out called Davo…

There are always two sides to every story.  Hers – and hers…

Marie is Vesuvius on legs and a betrayed wife. 
Betty is a deluded bullsh*t queen and a slapper. 
And then there’s – Davo.

This love triangle is not going to end well… 

Toxic Waste is a gut-wrenchingly funny one-woman cabaret show – with 2 women.  It takes a surprising look at both sides of a (perverse) relationship with one man and no holds barred.   Violently funny, brutally poignant, viciously honest… and witty as hell!

About 10 years ago, it became bleedingly obvious to Melbourne’s own Eleni Avraam that she had a damn fine set of lungs & so she did all she could to use them to full capacity.  Although initially shy, she attended singers’ festivals, joined choirs, screamed in the car & yodelled at the end of piers. 

After completing the Melbourne Cabaret Course, Eleni decided  to do her first solo stage performance, auditioned and was accepted for the Short+Sweet Cabaret festival, and was promptly invited as a featured cabaret artist at The Butterfly Club for the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

You can meet Eleni, Marie, Betty and Davo himself in person at Toxic Waste: A Love Story for the Comedy Festival in April. But book fastDavo seems to have already got himself a fan club…

Toxic Waste: A Love Story

Written & Performed by Eleni Avraam

Accompanied by Rowland Brache

Directed by Kim Edwards 

Venue: The Butterfly Club, 204 Bank Street, Sth Melbourne
Dates: 21st  – 24th April
Tickets: $22 Full, $19 Conc, $18 Group 8+
Times: Thur – Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm
Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com or via the Melbourne Comedy Festival