Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (Creative Arts)


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Education and Arts

First Advisor

Dr Cat Hope

Second Advisor

Dr Lyndall Adams

Third Advisor

Ms Patricia Price


This research project investigates the synthesis of cabaret and recital performance as a way to re-invigorate the recital as a performance platform. As a curious classical singer with a passion for cabaret, I have explored cabaret in my own creative practice as a classically trained opera singer through the employment of practice-led research methodologies. This project includes research manifested in rehearsals, performance and exegetical writing, including a unique self-reflexive voice in the writing style, to encompass a practice-led research methodology. The culmination of these approaches was a final performance program entitled Diva Bites the Dust. A study of the diva and her role within different musical forms has played a key role in the research and creation of Diva Bites the Dust. I developed a diva character named Disgrace Kelly, an aggregate of a multitude of divas studied and performed throughout the research. This study informed the structure of Diva Bites the Dust programme and is explored contextually within the exegesis. Diva Bites the Dust was the culmination of experimentation with performance hybridity. The diva icon was a unifying agent within which disparate musical styles, genres and dramatic themes could co-exist and illustrate narrative arch.