Sunday, April 11, 2010

Beer the Opera - don't miss this Sydneysiders!

The Beer Diva (and friend of The Local Taphouses) will soon make history.. ‘The Beer Diva – Beer is proof that God wants us to be happy’ promises to be a sensory adventure at The Sydney Opera House Studio.

Beer is sophisticated? Australia’s first lady of beer is out to change your mind in a unique, witty, interactive theatrical experience coming soon to The Sydney Opera House. In what could well be a world first, Australia’s Beer Diva, Kirrily Waldhorn, will be putting on stage the beer secrets and finer points of beer appreciation that she has previously shared only at private events in bars, restaurants and corporate board rooms. James Squire are the naming rights sponsor alongside Spiegelau (the world’s oldest glass manufacturer), Ferrero Rondoir, The Little Brewing Company, Phoenix Beers and Charlie Brown who are all supporting sponsors of the show.

In a stage show that Kirrily describes as ‘part theatre, part sensory indulgence’, she promises to take the audience on a journey of discovery in five acts that will stimulate all of their senses through projected animation, original music, and live performance, and sampling five distinctive styles of beer. She describes the show as “a joyous experience - punctuated by myth-busting facts, light-hearted history, global culture and beery philosophy — all which will leave you stimulated, entertained, and enriched by an unexpected education.” “Beer is still misunderstood, despite its growth in recent years,” Kirrily says. “Even though beer is entrenched in Australian culture we happily muse on the lexicon of wine, but fail to appreciate the amazing complexities and diverse styles offered by beer. And the unjust prejudices and stereotypes surrounding this nectar still prevail. Beer is often seen, wrongly, as the domain of overweight, aggressive, bearded, belching, football-loving men. Not an image likely to seduce foodies, sophisticates, or women into wider experimentation and adoption - but they’re missing out on so much pleasure. It’s time to tear down these misconceptions!”

In a show like none ever seen before, with on-stage support by video artists / musicians, John Simmons and Richie Henson alongside singer Leah Thomas, Kirrily will guide the audience, seated at tables in cabaret style, through the lighter side of the history of beer and brewing, and lead them in the sampling of five distinct beers. Each guest will receive a James Squire Sundown Lager on arrival, a Spiegelau beer classics glass valued at $20 and a box of Ferrero Rondoir chocolates! If you’re not convinced that beer belongs on stage, come see for yourself.

The show runs from April 28th to 2nd May 2010 at the The Studio, Sydney Opera House with tickets on sale now through the Opera House website.


  1. Just a small correction to your title - not just for Sydneysiders, but dedicated Melbournians as well! Those wanting to join Prof Pilsner's Beer Diva Tour Group, I'll see you in the front row of Saturday night show!

  2. You truly are dedicated Prof! Looking forward to catching up with you on Saturday after the show for a beer! Come on Melbournians, get on the Tour!

  3. The show is absolutely fantastic!
    I highly recommend it. We had a good laugh, enjoyed excellent beer and an outstanding stage performance.

  4. Is this you commenting Kirrily?? ;-)