Equal parts historical and hysterical, all heaving harmonies and tipsy candour, explore the history of gin through story and song. Stumble and soar through tales of love and women, gin and secrets, as we wind our 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. Two stars of Australian cabaret move from misery to vaudeville in a moment, intertwining excess and prohibition, history and (re)invention.
Libby Wood and Maeve Marsden toured their critically acclaimed theatrical cabaret Mother’s Ruin for four years, across Australia, New Zealand and the UK. In 2018, they adapted the show into a wildly fun variety night, Hot Gin Punch, hosting a mixed bag (or mixed drink!) of incredible talent, for a looser, late night cabaret.
Mother’s Ruin and Hot Gin Punch have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Fringe World Festival Perth, Adelaide Fringe and Festival of Voices, among others, enjoying three sold out UK tours.
The original production was directed by Anthea Williams, and co-written with Elly Baxter.