Three unlikely bibliophiles deconstruct the classics, try to look smarter than they are and drink a lot of pinot grigio. After performing to rapturous applause at Queensland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival, the three girls of Babushka want to discuss some serious literature and expand the membership of their bawdy book club.  

Following hit tours of Happily Ever After and Doll, the girls are back with The Babushka Book Club to dive into the pages your favourite novels, be it chick lit, the NY Times best seller, or the well-thumbed erotic thriller on your bedside table. 

Be entertained by a wickedly funny cabaret that features the iconic music of Kate Bush and Billie Eilish through to Blondie and Bananarama, as Babushka turns your best loved novels inside-out and colours them various shades of grey. 

Babushka will give Elizabeth Bennett a make-up tutorial, slap the handcuffs on Christian, and say ‘boy, bye!’ to Heathcliff. These licentious literary critics, (who totally read the book before they saw the movie), demand a fresh look at Jane Austen and some more snacks. Pass the brie!


The Babushka Book Club has been developed with the support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.


Developed by Alicia Cush, Judy Hainsworth, Laura Coutts, Bridget Boyle & Penny Challen
Director Bridget Boyle 
Designer Penny Challen 
Lighting Design/Concept Geoff Squires 
Creative/Performer Alicia Cush 
Creative/Performer/Writer Judy Hainsworth 
Creative/Performer Laura Coutts 
Pianists Luke Volker & Jake Bristow
Musical Director Alicia Cush 
Musical arrangements by Luke Volker & Alicia Cush

Premiering and Touring Qld in 2022

The Babushka BYO Book Club

Join the biggest bawdy book club in the land...virtually!

Facebook Watch | 2nd Wed of each month | 7.00pm
9 Mar | 13 Apr | 11 May | 8 Jun | 13 Jul

Hosted LIVE by the Babushka Cabaret dolls from their bungalow!

Celebrate hump day with us chatting books, special guests, unplugged tunes and BYO mid-week wine in the comfort of your own home! *pants optional

This is an online book club free to view on Facebook Watch via Babushka Cabaret’s Facebook page.