Cabaret – It Takes A Lot Not To End Up Dead

It Takes A Lot Not to End Up Dead

2pm, Saturday 9 October 2021,

The Centre Beaudesert, 82 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert,  QLD 4285
T: (07) 5540 5050

COST: Adults $34; Concessions $29; Groups 8+ $29 BUY TICKETS Online, at the Box Office in person or by phone


NiKNaK Productions presents It Takes A Lot Not To End Up Dead, a collection of toe-tapping original songs and stories, weaving a conversation with Lizzie Flynn and her younger self (played by Ella Macrokanis) whilst she heads to her country town school reunion. The story revisits shared experiences of lost love, self-discovery, friendships and the healing that going home brings.

The show includes a 5 piece band with guitar, piano, percussion, violin, and double bass and features original songs written by Lizzie Flynn, a number of which are on Lizzie’s latest album, You & The Open Sky.

Driving down the highway gives you a lot of time to think. The reflection in the rear view mirror isn’t always as picturesque as you’d hoped… So hop in and hitch a ride on this road to redemption, where you can either drive down a highway of regret or try to find a brand new view.

What could I have done differently? Where did I go wrong? If only I knew then what I know now.

It Takes a Lot Not to End Up Dead is a collection of original songs and stories that weave through a conversation with Lizzie and her younger self, played by Ella Macrokanis.

Lizzie Flynn writes songs that alternate between satirical toe-tapping tunes to tender ballads of lessons learnt and love lost. ‘Prisoner in my own Town’, from her latest album, was shortlisted in the 2016 Vanda and Young Songwriter Awards, alongside songwriters such as Josh Pyke and Tash Sultana. Her album was featured on ABC Brisbane’s Album of the Week (Steve Austin) in 2017, and on Christine Anu’s National Radio Show.

Ella Macrokanis, emerging theatre and screen star, played Maddie Gallagher in the award-winning SBS mini drama Safe Harbour, Corrine in The Butterfly Tree and Pete’s daughter in Family Law 3.

On stage performances include Kill Climate Deniers, Cyberbile and What We Saw in the Sorghum Fields with That Production Company.

A strong vocalist, Ella has worked with the Queensland Cabaret Festival and Lizzie Flynn on It Takes A Lot Not to End Up Dead and Yours Sincerely Banana Brain and with Oscar Productions on Killer Queens and Six Inches at Melt Festival Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisfest’s Street Serenades.
Ella is also a backup vocalist with Vocal Maneouvers performing for Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols with feature artists such as Dami and Mirusia.

Most notably, Ella was nominated for the Billie Brown Emerging Artist Award at the Matilda Awards 2019 for her role as Jerusha Abbott in the Australian premier of Daddy Long Legs – The Musical.

The show premiered at the 2018 Queensland Cabaret Festival.

Previous performances:

  • Part of the 2021 Ipswich Anywhere Festival , 22 May 2021, Banshee Bar & Artspace, Ipswich, 131 Brisbane Street
  • 2018 Queensland Cabaret Festival