Saturday, May 12th, 2012
The National Film and Sound Archive’s (NFSA) Sounds of Australia will be brought to life on stage in Mandurah, Margaret River, Bunbury and Perth when Cooee Cabaret tours Western Australia for the first time 22 – 30 May 2012.

Cooee Cabaret is a fun and original show that takes the audience on a journey through Australia’s most iconic songs and sounds. It will feature (in some locations) unique West Australian Sounds of Australia including the 1943 maiden parliamentary speech of Dorothy Tangney.

Local performers will also bring a West Australian flavour to each show with actors performing extracts from Dorothy Tangney’s speech, a local flautist showcasing original compositions and a quirky opera rendition of a Kylie Minogue hit.

Cooee Cabaret is the creation of the NFSA in collaboration with musical director and cabaret performer Nigel Ubrihien. Songs and sound recordings drawn from the NFSA’s Sounds of Australia registry are woven together to take the audience on a journey featuring stories, sing-a-longs and great characters.
“Cooee Cabaret is a unique performance unlike anything you have experienced before. You’ll discover just some of the recorded sounds in the NFSA’s collection. It really is a fantastic free night out for all ages - you will leave the show singing!” said creator Nigel Ubrihien.

Songs and sounds featured in Cooee Cabaret include the oldest surviving Australian sound recording from 1897, The Hen Convention; the Vegemite and Aeroplane Jelly jingles; Slim Dusty’s Pub With No Beer; pop classic I Am Woman; and Indigenous protest song Treaty. New additions to the show in 2012 include Kylie Minogue’s I Should Be So Lucky, Skyhooks’ Living in the 70s, and Ken Howard calling the 1952 Melbourne Cup.

Producer and Manager of NFSA National Programs, Brendan Smith, said “We are excited about the opportunity to tour our sound collections to regional communities in Western Australia and bring Australia’s cultural heritage to life in a fun and entertaining way. What better way for a cultural institution to tour its sound collection than by cabaret!”

Cooee Cabaret was first performed in Mildura in 2010 and has since travelled to 15 regional locations in 6 states and territories. In February 2012, the show was performed in four locations around Tasmania, with a sell-out show in Burnie.

Cooee Cabaret is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach (NCITO) Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians. You can find out more about Cooee Cabaret at

For interviews with producer Brendan Smith and creator Nigel Ubrihien, contact Samantha McDonough on 02 6248 2173 or [email protected]

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Sounds of Australia

The Sounds of Australia registry collects and celebrates the unique and diverse recorded sound culture and history of Australia in its many forms - a song, an album, a political speech, a news broadcast, a great sporting moment, a recording from the natural world or almost anything else that has been captured on wire, cylinder, disc, tape or hard drive.

Each year the NFSA adds ten sounds to the registry. With the latest additions in August 2011, there are now sixty-four sounds on the registry. Anyone can nominate recordings and sounds, then a panel of experts decide which will be added each year. Nominations for the Sounds of Australia in 2012 close on June 30 – so get online and nominate your favourite sounds now!

Sounds on the registry include orchestral compositions (Corroboree and Irkanda IV), popular jingles (I Like Aeroplane Jelly and the Vegemite jingle), radio broadcast recordings (Winners of the Ashes 1930, Dad and Dave from Snake Gully), popular songs (Down Under, Friday on My Mind, Most People I Know [Think That I’m Crazy] and I Am Woman) and some of the oldest surviving sound recordings in Australian history (Fanny Cochrane-Smith’s Tasmanian Aboriginal songs from 1899 and The Hen Convention from 1897).

The 2011 additions included songs from The Seekers, Skyhooks and Kylie Minogue, recordings by Dame Joan Sutherland and Mo McCackie, and speeches from the first two female parliamentarians.

Anyone can nominate a sound for addition to the Sounds of Australia through

Cooee Cabaret Tour Dates

Tuesday 22 May, 7.00pm
Wednesday 23 May, 11.00am (matinee)
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre – Fishtrap Theatre
Book tickets by calling: 9550 3900

Margaret River
Friday 25 May, 11.00am
Saturday 26 May, 7.30pm
Margaret River Cultural Centre
Book tickets by calling: 9758 7316

Monday 28 May, 7.30pm
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Book tickets by calling: 1300 661 272

Wednesday 30 May,11.00am (matinee) and 7.30pm
The Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of West Australia, Perth
Tickets are available one hour prior to the performance, from the Front of House Desk at the  State Theatre Centre. For enquiries call: 08 6212 9200.

Samantha McDonough
P: 08 6212 9200


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