It’s Not Easy Being Green

Emotionally-charged, high-energy cabaret with a twist.

“Karen’s sublimely talented approach will have you glued to her performance.”
– Barry Stone

Karen Lee Roberts is tour guide on a 60 minute, hilarious journey through the extremes of her real-life experiences interspersed with a few figments of her unbridled imagination.

Come on the ride on Tuesdays, or for a very special Mother’s Day matinee with gifts for Mum! A free glass of champagne and chocolates with every drink purchased, as well as the free drink with entry; and $25 cheese platters with 2 glasses of wine or bubbles! What more could Mum ask for? Great entertainment with food and drinks!

Through flirtatious interactions with the audience, yoga (with a little mania on the side), beautiful blues, a whole lotta social awkwardness, a lap-dance and a quarter-marathon rap with beat-box accompaniment, the audience will be introduced to Alexandra, a facet of Karen’s personality.

It’s Not Easy Being Green is a light-hearted trip deep into the twisted rabbit-hole of the human psyche.  As passionate as it is funny, the show will inspire, entertain and start that conversation we all need to have with ourselves and with each other.

Join Karen and legendary Jazz/blues pianist Jeff Usher in the intimate setting of Woolloongabba vintage boutique and lounge bar, Can You Keep A Secret. All tickets include a complimentary drink upon arrival.


2 reviews

  1. Life IS a Cabaret, old chum... as a wise woman once sang


    “It’s Not Easy Being Green” is an enjoyable, thought-provoking showcase, during which Karen Lee Roberts (Alexandra) and Jeff Usher (Mr Sunshine) perform a collection of eight original songs, interspersed with character-filled snapshots, illustrating aspects of Alexandra’s two-year journey towards “being green.”

    Life may be a cabaret (“old chum”… yes, I am singing Fred Ebb’s words and trying to conjure my inner Liza Minnelli as I write), but Roberts and Usher ably demonstrate that cabaret is also the perfect form to provoke discussions about life’s highs and lows. Alexandra poses the early question “Is it kosher to speak of subjects like this?” In this show, Roberts and Usher answer that question in the affirmative. The majority of cabaret performances across Australia this year are more likely to touch on the racier aspects of life. But It’s Not Easy Being Green demonstrates that cabaret can also entertain, educate, and engage when touching on important issues of “mental wellness.” The emphasis throughout the evening is on entertainment: great music, original songs, delicious characterisation, and some enjoyably comic moments. In a thought-provoking 60 minute show, Roberts also offers insights into the challenges and experience of dealing with the manic ups and deep downs associated with mental health issues.

    Roberts is a talented performer—not only author and co-producer, but also composer, singer, character actress, and comic. On stage she is well-matched by the evening’s Mr Sunshine. Legendary is an over-used word, but it certainly applies to Usher—who plays some perfectly-judged jazz and blues music, and even provides accomplished beat-boxing accompaniments along the way. Audiences will have their personal favourites from the evening. I found it difficult to pick just one song, but got it down to a top three: the opening “Society’s Blues,” the frenetic “Chameleon,” and the closing “Ever Pure.” Mind you, if I could make it a top four then the beat-boxing exercise rap could be a great addition to anyone’s exercise playlist.

    The production has clearly benefited from the direction of IndelABILITY Arts fellow-professional, Catarina Hebbard. Under Hebbard’s direction, the show works well within the intimate space (the show I saw was at the Room to Play space in Paddington)—aided by the beautiful lighting and great technical support. As a result, we focus on the writing, concentrating to catch every word.

    One of the great things about cabaret is that the audience is an important part of the evening. The interactions between Alexandra and Mr Sunshine were well-worked (perhaps more would have been even better), and the switch from on-stage to direct audience engagement was beautifully done. London’s Time Out suggests that cabaret can “change the world.” At the end of the show you may leave realising that its OK to venture beyond safe chitchat about “canapés and cocktails” and be prepared to respond to honest conversational openers.

    Catherine Lawrence, Anywhere Festival Reviewer
    Note: The reviewer attended a dress rehearsal of It’s Not Easy Being Green on Wednesday 5 October, 2016. Great to see the show is included in the Anywhere Festival Program for 2017.

  2. Thought Provoking Cabaret - an unusual mix


    Social awkwardness and mental “wellness” are not exactly the material we expect to encounter in a cabaret but Karen Lee Roberts (Alexandra), with acclaimed musician Jeff Usher (Mr Sunshine), Director Catrina Hubbard and Producer Sarah Gall, has created an entertaining, amusing and thought provoking show – It’s Not Easy Being Green.

    Roberts and Usher perform original songs combined with poetic interludes that remind me of the melancholic poetry of Sylvia Plath, taking the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions, depicting the swings and roundabouts of Alexandra’s mental health journey. The songs, heavily influenced by Usher’s jazz and blues style, bring to life public and private attitudes toward mental health.

    It’s Not Easy Being Green asks if being open about mental health issues is acceptable in modern society and the answer, it seems, is yes – and no. It’s uncomfortable, some people won’t handle it very well, but ultimately it is necessary.

    Personal highlights were Usher’s beat boxing-esque nature and fitness sound effects along with Robert’s interpretation of just how uncomfortable others can be discussing depression, suicide and time spent in hospital for psychiatric conditions.

    I recommend arriving early at the venue – Can You Keep a Secret? in Woolloongabba – especially if you have a group wanting to sit together, as it’s tiny, cosy, with seating limited to the bar and half a dozen small tables.

    For an entertaining night out that challenges your preconceived ideas of cabaret, It’s Not Easy Being Green is at the top my list.

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It’s Not Easy Being Green Cabaret


Can You Keep A Secret
619-621 Stanley St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102

6:00pm for 6:30pm & 2:00

** 18+ only

619-621 Stanley Street
Woolloongabba QLD 4102
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Duration/Opening Times

60mins 6:30pm for 7.00pm Tuesday May 9th and May 16th /2:00pm for 2.30pm Sunday Matinee May 14th