What's On  2017 Season  Cabaret

Cabaret is a set of stories told through love and letters.

Cabaret includes works by Nishla Smith, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Nina Simone, Elbow, Astor Piazzola, Judy Garland and more.

Created by Nishla Smith
Arranged by Ali Vennart and Manchester Collective

We reach endings with so much left unsaid. Reams and reams of paper printed with the things we should have told each other but never did. Hours and hours of conversations we never had. Speeches we never gave.

Letters we never sent.

The first show from Nishla Smith and Manchester Collective, Cabaret is a musical exploration of love and loss. Alongside a brilliant and unlikely set of songs, the Collective present a devastating series of real stories, letters, and poems.

It may be the oldest tale of them all, but tonight this band of musicians will take you by the hand and lead you into the unknown.


Sheffield / Thu 14 Sep 2017
The Chimney House

Liverpool / Fri 15 Sep 2017
The Buyers Club

Manchester / Sat 16 Sep 2017
The Wonder Inn


Nishla Smith Voice
Rakhi Singh
Simmy Singh Violin
Ali Vennart Viola
Adam Szabo Cello
Ben Griffiths Double Bass
Andy Stamatakis-Brown Keyboards


Nishla Smith

Nishla Smith is a classically trained singer, writer, visual artist, and actress.  She currently divides her time between Melbourne and Berlin, and is set to release a debut album of original music in 2017 through Red Door Sounds.

Upon being awarded her Bachelor of Music with 1st Class Honours in 2010, she toured for several years with Opera Bights and the Ten Sopranos. 

In 2012, Nishla moved to Melbourne and formed the Nish Smith Trio; shortly after, she was featured as one of Triple J’s “Unearthed” artists. During this period, Nishla also wrote, recorded, and toured her debut EP, Come On, Spaceman.

Since 2015, she has split her time between Melbourne, where she is currently writing and recording a new album with Siew Ooi at Red Door Sounds, and Berlin, where she writes and illustrates picture books for children under the business name Niche Drawings. She has performed her originals on BBC and ABC radio, and in 2017 will feature as a Mediacity Unplugged Guest artist.