Victoria Falconer is a multi-instrumentalist, performer and composer – often all at once. She creates cabaret shows, collaborative theatre, music and found sound art.
She came to prominence on the international Fringe scene as the accordion-wielding half of award-winning duo EastEnd Cabaret. The gin-soaked double act have peddled their sharply witty shows and uncompromisingly filthy songs from London’s Southbank Centre to the Famous Spiegeltent at the Melbourne Arts Centre, at UK music festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude to international festivals in Hong Kong and New Zealand, graced the front cover of Time Out as one of London’s Top 10 Cabaret Superstars, and appeared on BBC Three’s Live at the Electric, ABC’s Comedy Up Late and NBC America’s Before The Morning After.
In 2017 Victoria co-created the critically acclaimed feminist power trio Fringe Wives Club. Their debut Glittery Clittery: A ConSENSUAL Party tackles body positivity, sex education, catcalling and intersectional feminist issues through comic song, audience engagement and ridiculous dance moves. The trio were subsequently nominated for Best Newcomer at Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut.
Victoria is now working on her first solo show, OxyMORON, which will debut at Melbourne Fringe in September. A comic exploration of the irresistible human urge to label and define ourselves and each other, sparked by the realisation that her entire identity is bound by opposites: a half-white, half-brown, conservative-born, liberal-leaning, femme-presenting, bisexually-orientated, classically-trained now cabaret-strayed performer. The show will question whether authentic self-expression can truly exist for an oxymoronic show woman – or for anyone? And is it possible to tap-dance about gender politics?
As a collaborative musician and arranger, Victoria’s appearances include Kings Place, Glastonbury Festival and the Barbican Centre as well as playing the musical saw for Amanda Palmer at London’s KOKO with Neil Gaiman, the Tiger Lillies and Richard O’Brien. She contributed violin and voice on the award-winning debut album of chamber-pop artist The Anchoress (produced by Paul Draper), and current projects include collaborations with Italian-Australian singer Carla Lippis, Ian Bruce of The Correspondents and a new experimental opera composed by Roddy Bottum of Faith No More, debuting at Edinburgh Fringe this year. As a composer, she has written soundtracks for live theatre and short film.
Accolades with EastEnd Cabaret:
Winner: Adelaide Fringe, Best Cabaret Award (2012)
Winner: London Cabaret Awards: Best Musical Variety Act (2015)
Winner: Hospital Club 100 for the most influential and innovative people working in the UK creative industries (2014)
Nominee: Total Theatre Award: Best Newcomer (2012)
Nominee: Brighton Fringe: Best Cabaret Award (2013 & 2014)
Accolades with Fringe Wives Club:
Winner: Moosehead Award, Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2017)
Nominee: Best Newcomer, Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2017)