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Bigger and Blacker

Steven Oliver's Life in Cabaret

Bigger & Blacker is a comedy cabaret guaranteed to get you laughing, thinking and shimmying in your seats. Oliver’s ability to entertain while bearing his soul is the mark of a true cabaret artist. In this candid nod and a no-holds-barred ode to his personal journey, he creatively and expertly combines humour and contemplation, leaving the audience smitten.  

In the Studio | Cabaret

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“Bigger & Blacker is a must-see show for all Australians”


This is the unmissable retelling of Steven Oliver’s life

Steven Oliver from ABC’s hit television series Black Comedy brings his critically acclaimed cabaret Bigger & Blacker to the Studio fresh from La Boite Theatre in Brisbane. The show was first premiered at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2019 to stellar reviews and overwhelming popular response. Weaving comedy and contemplation though stories of love and loss, in Bigger & Blacker Oliver mines his own life to reflect on fame, friendship and the power of music. A seasoned performer, Oliver is also a talented songwriter whose original score runs from perky pop to urban rap to lilting lullabies. Throw in a disco ball, dance breaks and spicy banter between Oliver and his on-stage companion, musician Michael Griffiths for a guaranteed fun night out.

Steven Oliver
Michael Griffiths

Director Isaac Drandic
Musical Director Michael Griffiths
Set & Costume Designer Kevin O’Brien
Sound Designer Brady Watkins
Lighting Designer Chloe Ogilvie
Photography Dylan Evans 

Presented by Sydney Opera House, La Boite and W Lance Reynolds

More about Steven Oliver... 

Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kuku-Yalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi peoples. He was born in Cloncurry in North West Queensland and grew up in Townsville before moving to Perth to study performing arts. He has worked with numerous theatre companies and arts organisations across Australia but became notorious with ABC’s hit sketch show Black Comedy as a writer/actor/associate producer. He has starred in ABC i-views’ Tiger Cops, hosted A Very Sexy Xmas for the ABC and was one of only two recipients of Screen Australia’s inaugural Blackspace Initiative; which saw the creation of his premiere web series A Chance Affair, which screened internationally as well as on domestic and international flights with Virgin airlines; SBS on demand; and has been nominated for best web series in the LGBTIQ Australian Awards and Screen Producers Australia Awards.

Oliver is also a published poet (Ora Nui, Australian Poetry Journal, Solid Air) and playwright (Proppa Solid, published by Playlab Press) and featured in the 2018 National Play Festival with his play From Darkness. His poetry and comedic work has collectively garnered tens of millions of views online, with his comedic work bringing him to the attention of renowned New Zealand director, Taika Waititi. This led to a cameo that saw him alongside Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum in Thor: Ragnarok.

This one man cabaret show; Bigger & Blacker made its world premiere at the 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival to rave reviews.

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