Bang on the Strillers
A podcast of sparkle warriors from cabaret, burlesque, drag, music theatre and comedy hosted by multi-award-winning Melbourne rock cabaret songwriter/performer Geraldine Quinn.
info_outline #24 - Benn Bennett 02/14/2017
#24 - Benn Bennett Late in 2016, singer-songwriter, fruit-pusher and maybe witch Benn Bennett returned to the stage after a far-too-long hiatus with the enchanting 'Occasional Suburban Witch'; a cabaret collaboration Bec Matthews and Sarah Ward celebrating the women of the Western suburbs of Melbourne who Benn loved and laughed with. In fact, Benn is one of the great collaborators, having created unique, hilarious, touching and award-nominated work with previous guest (and drunk pash of the podcast) Wes Snelling (episodes #3 and #5). We sat in his sunny Western 'burbs kitchen listening to Kate Bush (it was with Benn that I took part in The Most Wuthering Day Ever last year, both dressed to the nines in 'Wuthering Heights' frocks and wigs) and talked in our everyday circular fashion about footy franks, songwriting, suburbia, working with other artists, being terrified of debuting your own songs, Prince, matryoshka dolls, 'Return to Oz', and musicians' musicians. Also my Toni Childs impression rears its head...but only when I was attempting to do an impression of Elton John...hey, swings and roundabouts! Benn also plugs about a dozen local businesses in Yarraville, Melbourne, so I'm hoping the podcast gets a sponsor out of this episode...failing that, please share/subscribe and say nice things on iTunes if you wish/can. Everything helps. See you in Oakleigh for brunch! S.L.A.P. Photograph of Benn, Bec and Sarah by Pier Carthew
info_outline #23 - Scott Brennan 02/01/2017
#23 - Scott Brennan It's 2017! Where better to start than with an old friend, much theatre/Dr Who nerdiness, and absolutely filthy sexual content. Seriously - **STRONG ADULT/SCIFI CONTENT** Scott Brennan and I met twenty years ago when we were both cast in an amateur production of Marat/Sade and we've been complimentary dickheads ever since. A writer, stand up comedian, actor, skilled improvisor, musician, voice-over artist, mentor, producer, star of the Talking Poofy podcast and all round spunk, Scott has been a familiar face on Australian TV and a familiar voice on Australian radio for more years than either of our ageing, forgetful brains care - or are able - to remember. We share a love of the timelord and an adoration of David Bowie (Scott was my date for the David Bowie Is... exhibition in 2015), and he's one of my favourite guest singers in my many idiotic band ventures. Not to overstate it, but he's the David to my Freddie in Under Pressure. From the changing face of gay identity, to which people over 50 years old we'd root, to difficult parent/child relationships, to the inherent impracticalities of the spit roast, join Uncle Scotty B and Aunty Quim as they dispense relationship advice and struggle to remember actors' names like two drunk, dirty, addled old ravaged hags (i.e. basically, us). P.S. In case you were wondering, the thumbnail image is precisely what Scott delivered when I asked for a high res picture... P.P.S. Ian MARTER. It was Ian Marter...GAH!! P.P.P.S. Sound is a little different in the studio narration - sorry about that - emergency recording set up! Tickets for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre on 9 April 2017 - a tribute to Split Enz with many special guests - can be purchased !
info_outline #22 - Gillian Cosgriff (part 2) 12/23/2016
#22 - Gillian Cosgriff (part 2) Part 2 of my conversation with Gillian Cosgriff which, I am slightly chastened to admit, was recorded a full year ago (21 December 2015). She was still writing To The Moon And Back, a show which is now award-nominated, and it turns out we're both book nerds - TO THE EXTREME. Also discuss procrastinating, Quentin Tarantino, robots and the film Gravity; it's a good old nuts and bolts cabaret chat! Bonus content: during recording I was embroiled in a Facebook argument with some random angry person regarding Nabokov's Lolita (one of my favourite books, and one I have studied and read many, many times). Cosgriff is an excellent voice of reason, but never underestimate how stubborn I can be. Listen in to hear this play out in real time...silly Quinn...
info_outline #21 - Casey Bennetto 11/27/2016
#21 - Casey Bennetto What accent does your dog have? Would 'Wuthering Heights' have been even better if Bronte had incorporated an alien abduction into the plot? How expensive IS working with a band? And wait - HOW many nieces/nephews does Quinn have now??? Recorded on the historic day of the US presidential election/birth of my latest family member (take your pick as to which is better for the world at large), join myself and Helpmann-award-winning super-music-hero Casey Bennetto (Keating! The Musical, A Swingin' Bella Christmas, The Terminativity The Narelles, and all-round in-demand dramaturg, writer, MC, performer and beloved local scenester) as we splash around in pre-apocalyptic bliss, discussing the pitfalls of performance, dogs, The 12 Keys of Christmas, Tasmania, loving the art while having problems with the artist, SO many elections, the delicious image of Mark Trevorrow (Bob Downe) and Julie Gillard on the piss in New York, Neil Hannon, performance personas (and Bowie obviously), writer's block solutions, Dave Allen, the importance of arts' contribution to the aconomy, me becoming an aunt for the twentieth time and one magnificent belch. Visit to book tickets to my 11 December album launch for The Last Gig In Melbourne (feat. Casey Bennetto), and then book for the 21-23 December season of A Swingin' Bella Christmas 2016 with guests Tim Rogers (21/12/16), Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier (22/12/16) and Eddie Perfect/Scott Edgar/Steven Gates (23/12/16). Photo by Photobat (Alan Moyle). All music written by G.M. Quinn.
info_outline #20 - Karen From Finance (AKA Richard Chadwick) 11/20/2016
#20 - Karen From Finance (AKA Richard Chadwick) Richard Chadwick has only been performing as Karen From Finance in the drag/cabaret/burlesque scenes for three and a half years and already he's made sparkling waves across the globe. From his viral mash up of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard's misogyny speech at Midsumma Festival to a very public stoush with Foxtel over the need to fast-track RuPaul's Drag Race to Australia, none of Karen's controversies should detract from the fact the Richard is one of the best and most tireless performance makers in Melbourne, nay, Australia. We talk about the post-US-election funk, faux queens (aka bio queens), the heady rise (and problems) in the local drag and burlesque scenes, RuPaul's Drag Race and that fight with Foxtel, Dolly Parton's wigs, Joy 94.4 FM, Mortein-can-flamethrower-wielding altar boys, Dandenong, Facebook algorithms, Richard's fabulous poodle (not a euphemism) and plaster animals. And make sure you stick around until after the closing 'Fang It (To Tony's Place)' credits for an extra surprise revelation...
info_outline #19 - Queenie van de Zandt (Part 2) 10/30/2016
#19 - Queenie van de Zandt (Part 2) Part 2 of my conversation with music theatre/cabaret star and creator of Jan van de Stool (as seen on Australia's Got Talent - ROBBED! SHE WAS ROBBED!). Originally recorded in January 2016, we talk about people who call people "toxic", forgiveness, depression and anxiety in the arts, what shits us (oh all right, what shits ME) about music theatre, why the hell cabaret is so dominantly white in Australia (apart from Mama Alto, and this was pre-Hot Brown Honey, btw), the lack of casting diversity not just in cultural background, but also in gender, age and body shape, how cabaret is great because it really IS what you bring to it, and that it's OK to have a fight with your friends. If your life isn't sorted out by the end of this one, we're out of ideas. Because Queenie has seriously read every self-help book there is. All of them. Hey - remember: Barbra Streisand can never be as good at being you as YOU can. P.S. I do talk a fair bit in this one. We both do. It's a conversation. If you were expecting an interview, I am sorry, this isn't an interview. We're drinking tea in a lovely sunny house philosophising about arts and life. You know - living.
info_outline #18 - Jenny Wynter 10/09/2016
#18 - Jenny Wynter Oof, this is a great episode, I reckon. The thumbnail just doesn't do it justice (it's really hard putting text on fountains, guys - REALLY HARD). Wynter's a smart cookie and we have a good, thorough chat about independent producing. Smeriously. I rectum-end it. Jenny Wynter is a Queensland-based singer/songwriter/performance maker and she's a gem. We not only manage to rattle off some pretty damn insightful political commentary, but we covered the joy of silliness, quite a lot more about lettuce than you would expect from cabaret artists, a labrador called Bublé, working smarter not harder, the future of performance vs online production, and how phenomenal Mad Max Fury Road is. So good... FANG IT!! Since the recording of this podcast (June 2016) I have had my own brush with not being able to walk for a while so it's been quite enlightening to listen to this again...wow. Who knows what the future will bring? P.S. If you do like the theme tune Fang It (To Tony's Place) you can purchase the album You're the Voice: Songs for the Ordinary by an Anthemaniac via my website - . Photo of Jenny Wynter by previous podcast guest Alexis Dubus. So incestuous, we are...
info_outline #17 - Tomas Ford 08/28/2016
#17 - Tomas Ford Covers vs original cabaret! Deal or No Deal! River Phoenix! Marrying young! Aaaand why we're not big fans of the Australian Football League. After 5-odd weeks of medical ridiculousness (follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to work out what was going on - OK now), I've finally had a chance to edit this podcast from May 2016 which I recorded with the King of (Perth) Cabaret Tomas Ford, in a teeny, tiny room in a doss house in Melbourne. Tomas is a darling of the WA cabaret scene and frequenter of our east coast, as well as an Edinburgh Fringe invader. He's of average height and pleasant demeanour, and not only has produced original (and confronting) electro cabarets Australia-wide for the last decade, but he is also the creator of Crap Rave Party, a celebration of the worst songs (by request) which has toured Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Edinburgh. He has produced a small child and supported Gary Numan - neither of which I have done.But I have had my face on a tram. Swings and roundabouts.
info_outline #16 - The Live Jamboree 07/24/2016
#16 - The Live Jamboree WE DID IT! After a guerilla season of Bang On The Strillers live at The Butterfly Club in January 2016, Quinn put her welfare cheque where her mouth is an coralled some of the best cabaret writers/singer/performers in the industry together to record a live show as part of the 2016 Melbourne Cabaret Festival. Featuring Mike McLeish, Michelle Brasier and original songs from Astrid & Otto Rot (aka Die Roten Punkte), Karlis Zaid (and Karin Muiznieks), Shanon Whitelock (who also played house band) and myself - I even wrote a song specially for the show! Thanks to Chapel Off Chapel and to Mike McLeish for being so supportive with the project, and to the audience who came, and specially to the audience to PAID to come. Forgive the mic blow outs, I couldn't afford someone to ride the mix, but it still sounds like a great bootleg and if you get behind us, we'll only get better. Considering I basically pulled this show out of my arse in the middle of a horrible cold, with a brand new all original show opening two days later, it's a wonder I don't have my own TV show to populate with my talented friends. ENJOY! And please support the podcast. Share, rate, and soon I hope you can also donate. Songs featured in the recording included the following copyrighted material from the original songwriters involved in the show: Hair That You Wear - words & music Karlis Zaid; Flasher - words & music Karin Muiznieks; I Live for Music Theatre - words & music Geraldine Quinn; Bi-Polar Rhapsody - words & music Shanon Whitelock; Cabaret Overlord - words & music Geraldine Quinn; Love Songs - words & music Geraldine Quinn; Burger Store Dinosaur - words & music Die Roten Punkte (aka Astrid & Otto); Astrid's Drinking song - words & music Die Roten Punkte (aka Astrid & Otto); You Love It - words & music by Geraldine Quinn; All other text and farting around written by or made up by the speakers. Please don't rip anyone off for money. We're all independent and these guys agreed to do their original material for the podcast, knowing I make no money from it. So the best thing you can do is buy their stuff and see their shows. They're all really great.
info_outline #15 - Ash Flanders 06/17/2016
#15 - Ash Flanders Actor, performance maker and cabaret artiste Ash Flanders (Sisters Grimm) joins me for the second Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2016 special to talk about inbred dogs (yeah, I mean pugs), music theatre cabaret, brothels, stand up versus cabaret, being "safe" onstage, our mutual fascination with John Farnham, Casey Bennetto (again), theatre schools, the glamour of an artist's life, puppy play and how everyone's a failure and THAT'S OK!! And I didn't have too much libelous material out. And why did I say "next week" at the end?? AM I A LUNATIC!?!? If you get onto this early, you can still see Ash Flanders' show 'Playing To Win' at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2016 (at 6:45pm until 19 June 2016). I'm going tonight. And the fact I used the present tense is evidence of how hopeful I am that this podcast will upload with no problems (seriously, the amount of tech stuff that has been going awry lately, I'm about to throw my computer out the window and destroy the internet...check out my chipmunk transitions in this ep, thanks to some weird sample rate balls ups). Please do book for our shows ('Playing to Win' until 19 June, 'Bang On The Strillers - Live' on 21 June and 'Fox Poncing' 23-25 June) via #IStandByTheArts
info_outline #14 - The Birthday Loyalty Club 06/06/2016
#14 - The Birthday Loyalty Club In 2013, 'Slutmonster and Friends' blew Melbourne Fringe audiences away, winning a highly commended nod in the Fringe awards. It was frankly one of the most depraved and disgusting and hilarious things ever committed to theatre. And none of us will ever be the same. This episode is a terrific example of how wrong our sense of humour is, and it's also the first time I've recorded more than two people at a time. We had some synching problems, and were recording on two different devices, so we also had some weird time-skip problems due to an unidentified problem (possibly SD card), but I would like to stress that in spite of this, it came out pretty good, and I was negotiating quiet boys and loud girls, and averaging it out, but also IT'S MY BIRTHDAY. Be nice. Please note: there are many swears and sometimes we just yell "sex offenders" for no reason. Basically Slutmonster was like a late-90s episode of Red Dwarf crossed with a soft-core porn film but SO Much more funny. And now I can't wait until 'Trying My Best', the new web series is released. I hope you indulge me for my very own birthday, as I chat to Lucas Heil, Wes Gardner and Jessie Ngaio about birthday kidnappers, the worst thing to hear when someone sees your genitals for the first time, implied erections, what is actually offensive, snorkle metaphors, and comedy pyramid schemes. They're part cabaret, part comedy, part musicals, part supportive porn - see why I like these guys? And if you have never seen Lucas's jazz version of the Nyan Cat (and it will enrich you), . Though my favourite is definitely Wanderwail...or the salt song...Look I just really like these guys.
info_outline #13 - Karlis Zaid (Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2016) 05/31/2016
#13 - Karlis Zaid (Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2016) *Content warning - We discuss violence in this episode, in the context of writing about dark stories. If you feel like this may be a topic that brings up issues for you, go back and have a listen to Michelle Brasier's episode - she's a bubbly wonder! Next episode will be ridiculously cheerful. This one's still interesting, however I thought you should know.* Welcome to the first special Melbourne Cabaret Festival episode of the podcast! In between touring with musicals and teaching performance, Karlis Zaid has been splashing about in the dark side of cabaret for years and years. Zaid is currently appearing in the 2016 Melbourne Cabaret Festival with '', as show he originally wrote with Karin Muiznieks in 2012. Since then, he's reworked, rewritten and added content, roped in the magnificent Aurora Sheehan (nee Kurth) and Mark Jones as co-performers and managed to snaffle Steven Gates from Tripod to direct (and I'm not jealous at all) and is re-launching the show in June 2016. From Collingwood vampires being terrified of contracting Hep C to chirpy little songs about capital punishment, Zaid makes some of my output seem hopelessly Pollyanna-esque. Playing 17-19 June 2016 at Chapel Off Chapel. Book through the Melbourne Cabaret Festival website. Sexy people book. And you wanna be sexy, don't you? And thanks for putting up with perhaps a slightly more dodgy sound quality than usual. With the show prep it's been a bit of a rush to get stuff out but there will be a RASH of episodes in June, as we gear up to the festival.
info_outline #12 - Matt Gilbertson 05/14/2016
#12 - Matt Gilbertson Adelaide Fringe cabaret king Matt Gilbertson (aka Hans the German) and Geraldine Quinn met at The Adelaide Fringe Bar through mutual friend Lori Bell more years ago than either of them care to remember, and together are two of the most be-sequinned, Eurovision-obsessed cabaret performers in the country - which is really saying something. In this episode we talk about grief porn, Grindr, why Geraldine is pathetically envious of her niece, how a stage persona like Hans can liberate the artist (as well as let you get away with terrible, terrible things), straight women at gay clubs, Lady Gaga's Bowie tribute (look, I was pressured to give a response), online outrage, Tina Arena, and we drop a TONNE of names. So many names dropped... Please for the live variety jamboree and podcast record on 21 June 2016! And here is a to an article about Sir Tim Hunt who we talked about regarding the #distractinglysexy incident. Please also follow BOTS on Twitter (@bangotstrillers) so the account doesn't look so lonely, and like the page too. You'd be brightening my life just a little more.
info_outline #11 - Kai Smythe 04/23/2016
#11 - Kai Smythe In episode 11, Geraldine talks to fellow musical pan-artist (although he's made a lot more films than I have) and Hairy Soul Man Kai Smythe about festivals vs "fistivals", candle-making parents, non-childproof comedy spots, how bloody adorable his room-mate's dog is, status anxiety in the arts, growing up the odd one out in your town and why it's OK to take a little while to find your creative voice.
info_outline #10 - Alexis Dubus 03/19/2016
#10 - Alexis Dubus Before UK comedian Alexis Dubus caused an with a measured, and initially private, Facebook post about the Adelaide Fringe glut, I was chasing the sparkly-eyed UK dynamo for a podcast chat. How fortunate, for it makes me look incredibly relevant. This cabaret podcast, we chat about the fall-out from his post, the perils of independent arts, strange encounters in Perth, passionate people with odd but grand ideas, and how to argue with a guy who has a rabbit on his knob.
info_outline #7 - Jude Perl 01/04/2016
#7 - Jude Perl Jude Perl is a singer-songwriter based in Melbourne who is about to embark on her second solo show. She's an American. She spent about a year in a cult when she was a tiny child. But she lives here now, and is only in one cult - the cult of being AWESOME.
info_outline #6 - Michael Dalton 12/12/2015
#6 - Michael Dalton Michael Dalton (also known by his alter ego's name Dolly Diamond) is an international theatre and cabaret star who lives across the road from a hospital (trust me, the relevance becomes clear as the podcast rolls along). Originally from the United Kingdom he now lives in the leafy southeast of Melbourne and is one of the country's hardest working performers.
info_outline #5 - Wes Snelling (part 2) 11/25/2015
#5 - Wes Snelling (part 2) Part 2 of the Quinn/Snelling conversation includes discourse on some of Australian television's deep dark past, various animal attacks (including some startling revelations about Wes's country upbringing) and whether or not there is a bicycle heaven.
info_outline #3 - Wes Snelling (part 1) 10/26/2015
#3 - Wes Snelling (part 1) In his twenty years on the scene, Wes Snelling has been one of Melbourne's and Australia's most impressive cabaret and comedy performers. He is a mentor, director, dramaturg, musician, actor, speaker and all-round inspiration who has generally unimpeachable taste, apart perhaps from being a long-term friend of mine, Geraldine Quinn.OK, I kid.
info_outline #2 - Becky Lou 10/16/2015
#2 - Becky Lou My second guest was the first recorded (late August 2015), so while the conversation is sparkling, the room is a little bouncy and the levels are a little low. But there's still a wealth of joy to be had from the brain of Miss Becky Lou, international burlesque performer and newly minted speaking comedy performer.
info_outline #1 - Mike McLeish 09/27/2015
#1 - Mike McLeish Explaining ice to children. Weapons at Book Week. A lot of coffee. Rock cabaret ginger Geraldine Quinn chats to singer-songwriter and cabaret/music-theatre charmer Mike McLeish about juvenilia, street gangs, clarifying the perils of drugs to children and why 'Howard The Duck' is vastly more traumatising than 'The Amityville Horror'.Mike is a voice-over artist, actor, singer-songwriter, musical theatre performer and delightful personality. He is a responsible father and makes a darned good coffee.Mike McLeish photograph by James Penlidis.