Unsung - The Women who Pioneered Music


Celebrating Our Pioneering Women Of Aussie Pop & Rock

Written By: Amelia Ryan

On a hot summer’s day in 1965, Merle Thornton and Rosalie Bogner walked into the public bar of the Regatta Hotel in Brisbane, calmly chained themselves to the bar rail, and ordered a beer. What happened next would change the course of Australian history - and a little less obviously - the course of music in Australia for women, forever.

Join award-winning cabaret powerhouses Amelia Ryan and Libby O’Donovan in a rollicking, raucous celebration of songs and stories from 1960’s Australia. Hear the likes of Lynne Randell, Little Patti, Judy Stone, Marcie Jones, Margret Roadknight, Wendy Saddington, and Alison McCallum in an uplifting and nostalgic hour that pays homage to the women who blazed the trails for generations to come.

Through history, heart, and hilarity, they bring these incredible women – and their music - out of the sidelines, and into their rightful place in Aussie music history.

About The Cast

Amelia Ryan is a multi- award winning cabaret artist, writer, presenter, and coach. Since co-winning the 2012 International Cabaret Contest, her critically acclaimed shows have traversed the Australian cabaret circuit, as well as NYC, London and Edinburgh, playing to 5 star reviews and standing ovations. Her self-devised work includes A Storm In A D Cup, Lady Liberty, The

Breast Is Yet To Come and Livvy & Pete: The Songs of Olivia Newton-John & Peter Allen (with Helpmann award winner Michael Griffiths).

In 2019 Amelia received the Adelaide Cabaret Festival inaugural ‘Frank Ford Commission’ and created UNSUNG - a proud celebration of Australia’s female singers from the 1960s, coperformed with Libby O’Donovan. The show received rave reviews, and is touring throughout Australia in 2021.

During COVID19, Amelia created and launched The Cabaret Lab with Michael Griffiths; a coaching company dedicated to nurturing emerging cabaret talent. Being tremendously passionate about education, they’re committed to fostering future generations of performers in the craft of cabaret, self-producing and performance mindset and well-being.

Libby O’Donovan is a “powerful and sassy performer” (SMH), renowned for her nuanced interpretations and extraordinary voice. She is a critically acclaimed Jazz and Cabaret performer and an award-winning Musical Director.

Libby has entertained audiences world-over with her unique talents, performing in New York, Tokyo and Toronto as well as Australia-wide. Equally at home in small ensemble acts as well as solo performances, she has been a proud member of ARIA nominated Coco’s Lunch, Flat on Your Bacharach and Women With Standards, for which she won a Green Room Award for Musical Direction and the Helpmann Award nominated The Cowgirl and The Showgirl with Australian country music stalwart, Beccy Cole.

Highly regarded as a solo artist, Libby has performed seasons for the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Edinburgh Fringe, Sydney Spring Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, the International Jazz Educators Convention, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Feast Festival, and has performed across India as part of the Hindu Festival.


'Amazing...engaging...inspiring... Breathtaking and the talent is world class' - Glam Adelaide

Sharp outstanding event' - Clothesline Review

'A powerhouse combination, oozing energy & talent' - Theatreview

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COVIDSafe measures apply, including the requirement that all attendees show proof of vaccination status or exemption

Access & Inclusion: This is an accessible, inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Adult $35
Senior $32
Concession $30
U30 $25
Child $20
Friends - 10% off full ticket price

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    • Music - Contemporary
    • $35.00
    • 4 June 2022
    • 90 minutes
    • 7:30 pm
    • Hamilton Performing Arts Centre
    • subvenue The Handbury Auditorium
    • Suitable Ages 15+
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