HATS OFF: Cabaret star Rebecca
HATS OFF: Cabaret star Rebecca "Bex" Grennan. Contributed

Life is a cabaret for Bex

IPSWICH-RAISED cabaret performer Rebecca "Bex" Grennan will present a solo show close to home, after a whirlwind few years spent working on cruise ships and around Australia.

Bex will perform Half Full, an uplifting hour-long cabaret show that focuses on the ups and downs of life, at Brisbane's Pink Piano tonight.

She said the show told a story of "love, loss and finding your way through the dark into a rebirth."

First performed in Sydney's Bar Me, Half Full features songs from established Australian artists such as Queenslander Kate Miller-Heidke, as well as original work.

"[It's] a musical theatre showstopper and there's even some professional playing of the kazoo," Bex added.

Bex said she had gained a lot of musical theatre experience since learning to dance at Ipswich's Wallace Academy.

"I started out studying ballet and moved down to Sydney," she said. "I grew from being a dancer to having the 'triple threat' set of skills: singing, dancing and acting.

"Since then I've had a lot of career highlights, including working alongside Hugh Jackman in the Boy From Oz, and performing in Shout, Grease the Arena Spectacular, and in Happy Feet the movie."

Bex's work has also taken her around the world.

"I've loved travelling on cruise ships and performing shows on the way.

"I've toured through Europe and North and South America as the lead vocalist on two major cruise lines."

Bex has now returned home and works as a singer, actor and dance instructor in Brisbane. She will perform Half Full from 8pm as part of the Brisbane Cabaret Festival, which runs until Sunday, November 11.

Tickets to Bex's show range in price from $18 to $20 and can be purchased from the festival website.

The festival also features dozens of other artists, including Shay Stafford and Cienda McNamara, and this final week is headlined by Women in Voice.

Women in Voice is a collaboration between Alison St Ledger, Li'l Fi, Kacey Patrick, Leah Cotterell and Lauren Lucille.

Tickets to Women in Voice range in price from $25 to $40.

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