Victoria Falconer is an award-winning musical director, composer, cabaret artist, theatre maker and multi-instrumentalist. She is based between London and Adelaide.
★★★★★ “Enormously enjoyable, lightly cabaretic… Falconer re-orchestrates the score so it is played by a small bluegrass ensemble, supplemented by brass instruments and electronic flourishes... almost certainly the first use of amplified electronic dance music in a production of Oklahoma! If one is going to continue to stage classics like Oklahoma! then Richard Carroll and Victoria Falconer offer an exemplary way of doing this – a highly recommended production.” Limelight Magazine (Oklahoma, 2020)
As musical director and arranger, her most recent productions have been the debut of Bourgeois & Maurice's Insane Animals (dir. Philip McMahon for HOME Manchester, 2020) and the groundbreaking queer reimagining of Oklahoma! (dir. Richard Carroll for Black Swan State Theatre, 2020). Other MD credits include Courtney Act’s Under The Covers (Underbelly, London), Unroyal Variety (Hackney Empire) and the debut of Sasquatch The Opera (Summerhall, Edinburgh) written and composed by Roddy Bottom of Faith No More.
Victoria is currently musical directing and performing in a remount of the Australian re-staging of Once (Darlinghurst Theatre Company) for which in 2019 she was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award, and in which she also plays the role of Reza. In the same year she was also nominated for a Green Room Award (Glittergrass, Malthouse Theatre) for musical direction.
★★★★★ "Led by an immensely talented musical director, Victoria Falconer, all 11 cast members play an instrument (and some play multiple) and their skills result in a rich wall of sound filling the Eternity Playhouse, doing absolute justice to the show’s wonderfully-crafted songs." Broadway World (Once, 2019).
Earlier this year, Victoria co-created a new festival offering - Smashed: The Brunch Party, a femme-fronted, diverse drag and cabaret show that received 5 star reviews for its debut run at Adelaide Fringe, with Victoria as host. She is also currently engaged as associate composer/arranger and band leader with the Australian-based WOC political performance ensemble Hot Brown Honey.
★★★★★ “The host with the most… From the get go, Falconer engaged and entertained her audience, never missing a beat to get in and amongst the people creating a connection that so many other shows fail to do. Camp, comedic genius.” Theatre Travels (Smashed, 2021)
“Falconer stands out as the star all-rounder, with musical versatility, alluring jazz vocals and the impish shtick of a born comedienne.” – The Age (Fringe Wives Club, 2019)
Victoria is co-creator, composer/lyricist and performer with critically-acclaimed feminist firebrands Fringe Wives Club, and she has just been nominated for a Green Room Award for Music Direction (2020) for their production of Glittergrass, which debuted in 2019 at the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne. Formed in 2017 on receiving the Moosehead Development Grant, the original trio have received multiple awards including the Best Cabaret Award at Adelaide Fringe 2018, the Spirit of The Fringe Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, and nominations for Best Newcomer (Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017), Best Cabaret (Melbourne Fringe 2017), Best Ensemble (Green Room Awards 2017), Best Overall Show (NZ Fringe Festival 2019) and for two Wellington Theatre Awards (2019). They have performed sell-out seasons at Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Soho Theatre (London), Malthouse Theatre (Melbourne), BATS Theatre (Wellington, NZ) and Griffin Theatre (Sydney), and have been invited to perform at Darwin International Festival, Southbank Centre London, Woodford Folk Festival and the Famous Spiegeltent at the Melbourne Arts Centre amongst others.
★★★★★ "Victoria’s musical prowess was a highlight of the show as she transitioned seamlessly between instruments and appeared to masterfully improvise along with the banter of the audience.”
Theatre People (Fringe Wives Club, 2018)
Victoria is a founding executive member for The People of Cabaret, an artistic initiative formed in 2020 to amplify and advocate for artists in cabaret, circus, burlesque and associated disciplines who identify as Indigenous and/or Bla(c)k and/or people of colour. In their first six months of existence, they have curated a two week residency of shows at Darlinghurst Theatre Company as part of Bloom Festival, presented an online variety extravaganza for Melbourne Fringe (which won the Spirit of the Fringe Award and a Green Room Award for Best Ensemble), and presented the variety show We Are Here at Sydney Festival 2021. Victoria leads the Mentorship Programme empowering and upskilling emerging IBPOC artists across the country.
As a collaborative musician and performer, Victoria has just finished a debut season at Adelaide Festival 2021 appearing in The Boy Who Talked To Dogs, a co-production between Slingsby Theatre and the State Theatre of South Australia. Victoria's appearances in London include the Royal Albert Hall, the National Theatre’s River Stage and the Barbican, and she has played for recording sessions in famed London studios including The Church, Sofa Sound and Abbey Road Studios. Festival performances include Glastonbury, Latitude and Bestival (UK), Buskers Festival (NZ) and Clockenflap (Hong Kong). She played on the debut album of chamber-pop artist The Anchoress, duetted live with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer at Koko London, and is currently a member of Adelaide’s premier art-rock band Satan’s Cheerleaders. In 2018 she performed on theremin, violin, accordion and musical saw for a Tom Waits-inspired gala at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, accompanying John Cameron Mitchell, Ali McGregor and Joey Arias.
Victoria’s most recent work as composer is on festival-selected documentary Yer Old Faither (dir. Heather Croall, 2020) and award-winning short animated film, Double Portrait (dir. Ian Bruce, 2019) which received prizes for Best Animation at Aesthetics Short Film Festival and Best in Category at the London International Animation Festival, as well as being long-listed for a BAFTA. Victoria was composer and sound designer for award-winning mime artist Trygve Wakenshaw's show Only Bones, which debuted at Soho Theatre for the London Mime Festival in January 2020.
In a previous incarnation (known as Victor Victoria), she composed, scripted and performed as one half of EastEnd Cabaret, the salacious cult musical comedy duo. Playing cabaret and festival stages around the world, the pair sold out shows for 7 years at Edinburgh, Adelaide, Brighton and Perth Fringe Festivals, winning Best Cabaret (Adelaide Fringe 2012), Best Musical Act (London Cabaret Awards 2015) and described as “irresistible... shades of Victoria Wood and Julie Walters via Liza Minnelli” by The Guardian (2014).
TV appearances include The Courtney Act Show on Channel 4 (UK), BBC Three’s Live at the Electric (UK), ABC's Comedy Up Late (Australia) and NBC’s Before The Morning After (US).
Victoria is festival director and curator for the inaugural feminist art festival R.O.A.R. at Darlinghurst Theatre in Sydney, to be held in 2022 after being postponed in 2020. She has previously curated a series of comedy and cabaret for the Bush Theatre London (Unwrapped, 2018), and was co-curator/producer for rocknroll cabaret show Midnight Marauders (2018).
Victoria has been named one of Time Out London's Top 10 cabaret performers, and was on the Hospital Club's h100 list as one of the top 100 influential and innovative artists working in the UK creative industries.
★★★★ “Victoria Falconer is an exceptionally talented woman… her musical skills are mesmerising… her creativity is impeccable.” The Advertiser (Oxymoron, 2018)
★★★★ “An acclaimed multi-instrumentalist with excellent comic chops and an innate ability to steal a show.” - Broadway Baby (Oxymoron, 2018).
For musical direction and performance enquires, please contact hello[at]victoriafalconer.com
For commissions and music publishing enquiries, please contact info[at]dyadcollective.com
- Off Broadway
- United Kingdom
- Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
- Theatrical Composer (Music only)
- Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
- Music Assistant
- Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
- Pit Musician (Other)
- Sound Designer/Composer
- Synth - keyboards
- musical saw
Person of Color?