Little Black Dress Creatives
Little Black Dress Creatives is an independent, Brisbane-based production company, born from the tenacity of a small group of rogue classical singers who wanted more. The company is lead by Artistic Director Alicia Cush, Creative Producer Bethan Ellsmore and Designer Penny Challen, who are driven to create niche theatre-works that fuse opera, classical, cabaret and pop in theatrical music experiences, combining deviceful musical arrangements, vocal acrobatics and compelling story-telling.
Over the past four years, Little Black Dress Creatives has developed a reputation for its unique ability to present classical repertoire and vocal techniques in creative contemporary contexts. Previous productions, Doll, Aria moderna, Queen of the Night, Where the Wild Roses Grow, Dead! and I Can Keep A Secret, have won acclaim for this distinct artistic voice and innovative fusion of styles.
The collective has produced work for Queensland Cabaret Festival, Wonderland Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, and Anywhere Festival, completed two Queensland state tours and presented at Brisbane Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, 2high Festival and Noosa Long Weekend.
“…they twisted the traditional opera sound into something a little experimental, a bit different, and a lot entertaining.” Aussie Theatre (Aria Moderna)
“...lambasted the audience with raunchy wit, sly humour, sexy asides, and fabulous vocals…” - Absolute Theatre (Babushka in Doll)
“...the innovative fusion of styles is what always sets Babushka apart and, as usual, its combination of classic repertoire and creative contemporary context makes for an engaging and highly entertaining show.” - Blue Curtains (Aria Moderna)
“Babushka’s “Doll” has all the ingredients of good cabaret: laughs, gasps and a show of genuine talent, and is definitely worth a visit.” - Blue Curtains (Babushka in Doll)
“...a captivating work that defies genre convention...it is sometimes sublime, often edgy and entirely engaging.” - Blue Curtains (Aria Moderna)
“...the eclecticism of the show’s song choices demonstrates her breathtaking range of vocal versatility. Ellsmore’s voice was not only naturally beautiful, but her technique is brilliant and the volume and power of her coloratura is something special". - Blue Curtains (Bethan Ellsmore in Queen of the Night)