(Stephen A. Russell’s article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, 9/20.   Photo: Sydney Morning Herald.)

The word ‘cabaret’ conjures images of intimate, candlelit spaces with audience members huddled together and the performer in amongst it. But for 200+ days, as lockdowns roll on, that’s not been an option. Could the internet fill the void?

With energy as big as her vocals, Tash York was used to dashing between Fringe festivals across the country and hopping overseas for annual appearances in Edinburgh. “To do it as a full-time profession, you need to have audiences everywhere,” she says. “It also means, for the performer, you can do the same show and peddle it around for the entire year.”

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