RETAIL CABARET is a love letter to the hard-working shop
assistants of NZ. It's emotional catharsis for two performers
who have worked a long time in retail.
Ava, the young, fresh faced nineteen year old uni drop-out has
one day to make her target for the month, an unprecedented event at
this particular shop. Her much older manager, twenty one year old
Brad, far more weathered from his time in retail, is extremely
doubtful of her chances.
In an epic slice of life story, Ava must face off against
classic retail assistant threats, such as returns, shoplifters, and
even worse, really really rude customers, in the hopes of making
her monthly target, and being awarded the coveted platinum
Singer-songwriters Maxwell Apse and Jen
Smith have worked together on two musical projects in the
past two years, a queer romantic comedy webseries, in collaboration
with the Candle Wasters, 'Happy Playland,' and their own original
comedic-noir musical podcast 'The Disrespectables.'
Having a long time interest in staged musicals, and history in
working in retail, they decided their next project would be a small
scale cabaret, all about the 'joys' of working in clothing stores,
and the bonds you make with the people you work with.
Accompanied by the musical experts, Sam Trist and
Jacob Baxter (Long time collaborators of the
pair), Apse and Smith will perform a personal and comedic story,
that will entertain, and finally give the retail assistants the
spotlight they deserve.
We need your help to make sure this sensational new musical gets
All BOOSTED money will go towards rehearsal space, set
design, poster printing, distribution and Facebook