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ROBYN ARCHER: An Australian Songbook


Australian Songbook

  • 18 Oct – 29 Oct 23 Upstairs Theatre
  • 2 hours and 20 minutes (incl. 20 minute interval)

Australian Songbook

Limited Dates

Devised and performed by Robyn Archer

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 18 Oct – 29 Oct 23
  • Duration 2 hours and 20 minutes (incl. 20 minute interval)
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Australia as you’ve never heard it before.

Robyn Archer — icon, legend of the Australian stage, and provocateur — has thrilled audiences with her rich renditions of the great songbooks of Europe and America.

Now, Robyn turns her distinctive and fearless talents to songs that describe the difficult, wonderful place that is Australia. From the music of her upbringing to increasingly complex rhythms and cadences of the present, we are taken on a journey into our beauty and our terror, through song.

After this show, you’ll hear our country through very different ears.

A trio of Australia’s finest stage musicians join Robyn as the Belvoir stage becomes a cabaret: piano accordion virtuoso George Butrumlis, actor and multi-instrumentalist Cameron Goodall on guitar, and the very deft Enio Pozzebon on keyboards.

Robyn’s one of our treasured originals – she’s been part of Belvoir since the first push – so isn’t it great to have her back on our stage after too long away? If you’ve seen her cabaret work, you’ll know just how humorous and ratbaggy it can be, without losing the rigour and excellence songs like these need. It’s a homecoming – in more ways than one. – Eamon

A national living treasure.


One of our great cultural advocates… she remains an icon.

The Saturday Paper
A wonderful showcase of the grit that makes both cabaret and Australian music great.
The AU Review


  • Robyn Archer
    Deviser & Performer
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    Robyn Archer AO FAHA is a performer, writer, director, artistic director and public advocate for the arts. The span of her more than sixty-year career is best discovered at .  In recent years she has been touring her recitals of French, German and American song  and since July 2022 Robyn Archer:an Australian Songbook has […]

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  • Musicians

  • George Butrumlis
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    George Butrumlis has played the Piano Accordion since the age of six. He was an originalmember of Jo Camilleri’s Black Sorrows and features on all their early albums beginning with“Sonola”. George’s band, Zydeco Jump, has been a feature on the Australian music scene for over 30years.George has worked and recorded with Robyn Archer, Mike Rudd […]

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  • Cameron Goodall
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    Cameron is an award-winning performer, composer and theatre-maker. He last appeared for Belvoir in The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? for which he received a Helpmann nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Some of his theatrical highlights include the one man show Robyn Archer wrote for him, The Sound Of Falling Stars, in which he plays […]

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  • Enio Pozzebon
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    As Musician: Bella Ciao Combo; Casey Bennetto: Swinging Bella Christmas; ScottEdgar: The Billy JoelsAs Performer: Belvoir: Keating! The Musical (national tour); Bonkel Theatre – Melbourne Festival Of Puppetry: Rolling! & I Once Was A Tree; Auckland Live Festival: The Sound of Falling Stars; Adelaide Cabaret Festival: One Suitcase,Four Stories; Tom E. Lewis: Walking with Spirits. […]

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  • Creatives

  • Jasmine Rizk
    Lighting Designer
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    Jasmine is an accomplished Sydney-based theatrical lighting designer and programmer, working with both the professional and independent theatre community. Jasmine is part of Belvoir’s ongoing Co Curious associates program. As Lighting Designer: ATYP – Mrock; Concertworks – Jekyll and Hyde 25th Anniversary Concerts; Kings of the Keys Tour; So Popera Production -Priscilla, Chicago, Jersey Boys; […]

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