The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez

From Patrick White Playwright Award Winner Jackie Smith and world famous cabaret stars
Finucane & Smith comes the story of the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, Lola Montez.


She horsewhipped the editor of the Ballarat Times (for a bad review). Swung down mineshafts on a
single rope with champagne in hand. Escaped arrest dressed only in her jewels. Showered with
gold nuggets and insults. Swathed in scandal. Her erotic Spider Dance was “the most libertinish
and indelicate performance that could be given on the public stage" (Sydney Morning Herald
1855).

Starring triple Green Room Awards Winner of Best Actress (and direct descendant of Lola herself!) Miss Caroline Lee and Parisian dance siren Holly Durant, directed by the international Queen of Provocative Variety Moira Finucane, Lola is a wildly contemporary dreamscape steeped in Australian history and the extraordinary lives and freedom of one of the world’s most adventurous women.

Created in partnership with Her Majesty's Ballarat.

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

In 1855, the wildest showgirl of the 19 century, Lola Montez, toured Australia. The scandal in legend.

28th Jul 2017 to 23rd Sep 2017

Finucane & Smith
Duration: 60 minutes no interval
Artform: Cabaret
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  • Event Dates
Date Venue Location More info
28th Jul 2017 Her Majesty's Theatre 17 Lydiard St South, Ballarat, 3350
29th Jul 2017 Her Majesty's Theatre 17 Lydiard St South, Ballarat, 3350
30th Jul 2017 Her Majesty's Theatre 17 Lydiard St South, Ballarat, 3350
3rd Aug 2017 Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre Cnr Gellibrand & Rae Streets, Colac, 3250
4th Aug 2017 The Potato Shed Peninsula Drive, Drysdale
5th Aug 2017 The Potato Shed Peninsula Drive, Drysdale
9th Aug 2017 Savernake School of Arts Hall Cnr Savernake Road and Riverina Highway, Savernake, 2646
10th Aug 2017 Barooga Sports Club 10 Burkinshaw St, Barooga, 3644
11th Aug 2017 Tungamah Soldiers Memorial Hall Barr Street, Tungamah, 3728  
12th Aug 2017 Cohuna Memorial Hall King Edward St, Cohuna, 3568
17th Aug 2017 The Bowery Theatre 309C Main Rd, St Albans, 3021
24th Aug 2017 Castlemaine Town Hall Lyttleton St, Castlemaine, 3450  
25th Aug 2017 Cardinia Cultural Centre Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham, 3810
26th Aug 2017 Trafalgar Public Hall 30 -32 Contingent St, Trafalgar, 3824  
31st Aug 2017 Ararat Community Spaces in 2017 Barkly Street, Ararat, 3377
1st Sep 2017 Ararat Community Spaces in 2017 Barkly Street, Ararat, 3377
2nd Sep 2017 Ararat Community Spaces in 2017 Barkly Street, Ararat, 3377
3rd Sep 2017 Ararat Community Spaces in 2017 Barkly Street, Ararat, 3377
5th Sep 2017 Lighthouse Theatre 185 Timor Street, Warrnambool, 3280
6th Sep 2017 Portland Arts Centre Cnr Glenelg & Bentinck Streets, Portland, 3305
7th Sep 2017 Hamilton Performing Arts Centre 113 Brown St, Hamilton, 3300
8th Sep 2017 Horsham Town Hall Wilson St, Horsham, 3400
9th Sep 2017 The Capital Theatre 50 View St, Bendigo, 3550
10th Sep 2017 Dunolly Town Hall 83 Broadway Dunolly, Central Goldfields Shire, Victoria, Australia, Dunolly, 3472
15th Sep 2017 Griffith Regional Theatre 1 Neville Place, Griffith, 2680
16th Sep 2017 Swan Hill Town Hall PACC Cnr Beveridge and McCallum Street, Swan Hill, 3585
19th Sep 2017 Shirley Burke Theatre 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale
21st Sep 2017 Burrinja 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey, 3158
22nd Sep 2017 Riverlinks Eastbank 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, 3630
23rd Sep 2017 Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison St, Kyneton, 3444