Featuring Christa Hughes and supported by Bethan Ellsmore


Two powerhouse divas in an evening of song, sassiness and subversive behaviour.

CHRISTA HUGHES in Beer Drinking Woman

With the mesmerizing voice of a mermaid wooing ships onto the rocks and a dash of 1920s bravado, singing sensation Christa Hughes (Machine Gun Fellatio, Circus Oz) returns to the Northern Rivers. As a ‘lush’ she takes us on an alcohol-drenched journey from the tingling buzz of that first elegant sip all the way through to the hair-of-the-dog hangover blues. Accompanied by pianist Leonie Cohen, they perform some of Christa’s own liquor-laced compositions as well as songs by Tom Waits, Memphis Slim, Cold Chisel, Dinah Washington and more. Come on in, wet your whistle and sink another with the Dive Bar Diva.

Christa will perform for 60 minutes.

Supported by BETHAN ELLSMORE in Queen Of The Night

Under the cover of darkness, anything is possible. Bethan Ellsmore is a curious urban fantasist who insists that you can sing Mozart, The Strokes, Weill and Sia in the same soiree. Straying from the safety of the babes of Babushka Cabaret, Bethan wanders the heady streets of her urban existence, dodging dangers and sharing joyous moments through arias, music theatre, pop songs and her own original music.

Bethan will perform for 30 minutes (approx.)

Patron advice
Recommended for ages 18+
Coarse language, adult themes, outrageous behaviour


Adult $41
Senior $37
Concession $35
U18 $22

Subscriber prices
Adult $33
Senior $30
Concession $28
U18 $18

Groups of 4 or more receive concession prices – 15% off.

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Beer Drinking Woman
Created and Performed by Bethan Ellsmore
Singer/performer Christa Hughes
Piano Leonie Cohen
Writer Christa Hughes

Queen of the Night
Musically Directed by Alicia Cush
Directed by Alison St Ledger
Co-Produced with Little Black Dress Creatives
Fancy dress competition
Frock up! Best fancy dressed patron competition at the bar after the show on Friday 8 May 2015.

Bar and pop-up diner open from 6pm. Alfresco dining on the Lismore City Hall forecourt. Sorry, no BYO.

We have some spicy street food on offer at Cabaret Diva, prepared by Chef Peter Fleming of Cafe 114.

All Mains $13

Black pepper braised beef, organic black beans, vegetables, with jasmine rice
Thai Green chicken curry, jasmine rice and herbs
Handmade Vietnamese vegetable spring rolls with Jasmine rice, cucumber pickle

Sides $5

Shoestring Fries with sauce
Stir fried vegetables, ginger, oyster sauce and sesame

Dessert $7

Mini churros with whiskey maple chocolate
Ice cream with cinnamon apple puff pastry, vanilla custard

The food is prepared by Chef Peter Fleming and Busara O’Reilly, owners of Cafe 114 in Lismore. Peter & Busara are the former owners of renowned restaurant 561 Alphadale, which was awarded a Chefs Hat from Australian Good Food Guide.