Melbourne Fringe presents Philip de Villiers in “SMILE“
A cabaret-feast with candour, humour and lots of heart
This feel-good festival feast is a must-see. Philip de Villiers performs Sat 15 and Sun 16 at the St Kilda Cellars cabaret venue.
And he headlines at the Fringe Gala Opening Concert on October 6. A 60 minute smile-fest, Philip’s show is guaranteed to leave you beaming!
Straight from a hit show at Sydney Fringe and the NAFA Fringe in Townsville, Philip shares his personal story in a cabaret bursting with cinema classics, jazz standards and colourful anecdotes.
Sing along to favourites like ‘Over the Rainbow’, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Que Sera’. Escape to a world where love, hope and good cheer triumph!
Philip de Villiers is a seasoned showman who delights young and old with his versatility, musicality and off-the-cuff sense of humour.
Since his arrival from South Africa seven years ago, he has performed more than 200 concerts in Sydney,
and appeared in stage productions such as ‘Baz and Bond’, ‘Fly Me to The Moon’ and ‘Comedy Tonight’ for the Mosman Musical Society.
As seen on Channel 9’s ‘A Current Affair’, Philip made a breakthrough during the pandemic when he reached out to a worldwide audience with a series of bedazzling online concerts.
Now he brings his joyful toe-tapping show to the live stage.
This new show had its beginnings in Townsville earlier this year, when ‘SMILE’ was invited to the North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA).
Ahead of the fest, Philip funded the show with a 4-week promotional tour at retirement villages and playing accordion at night markets.
One of the villages organised a bus to come and see his festival show, which brought him his first full house!
Now he’s repeating the formula, but on a grander scale, with a 40 day tour from Sydney to Melbourne and from there to Cairns
– with ‘anchors’ along the way at the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Fringe Festivals.
Along the route he’ll be performing at retirement villages, aged care homes and public venues, connecting with communities and camping in exotic places!
“I’m originally from South Africa and haven’t travelled much by road in Australia,” says Philip. “So I’m very excited to connect with communities in regional towns and build relationships.
I often describe my job to audiences as ‘making friends for a living,’ so this will be taking it to a new level!”
Philip de Villiers in SMILE!
Sat 15 Oct 8:00pm | Sun 16 Oct 2pm | 1 hour | Rated M
St Kilda Cellars, 45 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda – Melbourne Fringe Festival
Tickets $20 – $30 Bookings and info: https://melbournefringe.com.au/event/philip-de-villiers-smile