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Shimmery arrives at the Athenaeum Theatre

Australia’s sparkling Burlesque production steps into the spotlight!

Melbourne Season: May 23-26, 2024 Tickets:

JUST RELEASED: After two sold-out seasons, Shimmery Burlesque will take centre stage at the historic Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne, shining a spotlight on the sparkling world of Burlesque in a grand theatrical spectacle.

A first of its kind! Shimmery Burlesque is a groundbreaking stage show that follows the life of Lady Shimmery, an Australian dressmaker who travels to Paris where she falls in love with costuming for Burlesque.

Shimmery embraces the classic allure of Burlesque, while taking an innovative approach that pushes the boundaries of this traditionally solo art form. Transitioning Burlesque into a grand-scale ensemble production, the show draws inspiration from the extravagance of vintage musicals from bygone eras, a style of entertainment seldom seen today.

In a dream-like sequence, we follow the passionate young dressmaker all the way from her sewing machine in Melbourne to the city of Paris. The story begins in Lady Shimmery’s studio, with her early memories of tailored suits, wedding dresses, and dreams of something more. Searching for inspiration, she adventures to Paris, where she discovers the art of Burlesque, igniting her passion for costume design.

In breathtaking Shimmery costumes, a cast of twenty glisten with rhinestones, feathers and tassels - breaking out into big, beautiful Burlesque numbers that capture Lady Shimmery’s story and imagination, seamlessly weaving into the fabric of her narrative.

Through an array of performance styles, Shimmery Burlesque blends elements of glamour, cheekiness, drama, playfulness, and hilarity, creating a heartfelt and unforgettable theatrical experience. From the elegance of feather fans and the sensuality of chair dancing, to the breathtaking aerial acts and high-energy chorus dancers, this is a show that promises to impress—truly an experience not to be missed!

Written and directed by Melbourne's very own Holly Mouat, Shimmery Burlesque draws inspiration from her mother Kerrie Schultz (the real Lady Shimmery), who serves as the head costume designer for the production. Cabaret singer Abbey Paige Williams stars as Lady Shimmery, alongside a grand Australian Burlesque ensemble. Shimmery Burlesque is choreographed by Maple Rose and Kimera Diamond, with lighting design by award winning Jason Bovaird.


Holly's mother Kerrie (the real Lady Shimmery) began her early artistic journey in graphic design before venturing into fashion and bridal couture. A trip to Paris in 2010, courtesy of her award-winning paintings, marked a turning point. Here, alongside her daughter Holly, they were captivated by the opulence of French Cabaret, igniting Holly's passion for Burlesque. Holly began performing Burlesque in 2016, with Kerrie making all of her costumes. From these sparks, Shimmery Couture was born. The name "Shimmery" pays homage to Kerrie's Aunt Margaret Imrie, a big supporter of her work. Shimmery Couture has since created costumes for international touring productions and some of the worlds best in Burlesque.

Holly spent five years developing the concept of the Shimmery Burlesque stage show, and in October 2022 it made its debut at the Gasworks Theatre, captivating sold-out audiences and earning standing ovations. Shimmery stands as a testament to the strength of female empowerment, with a female writer, director, producer and female-led story. Shimmery blends the classic aesthetics of a showgirl-inspired production with a powerful message of body positivity, diversity and self-love, encouraging audiences to embrace their own individuality.

Shimmery arrives at the Athenaeum Theatre from May 23-26 for a five show season. Tickets $89.00 - $149.00 via Ticketmaster.

Thu May 23, (Opening) 7:30PM

Fri May 24, 7:30PM

Sat May 25 (Matinee), 2:00PM

Sat May 25, 7:30PM

Sun May 26, 6:00PM

Since their sparkling debut in 2022, Shimmery has been captivating audiences through glamour, humour and empowerment. After reading through audience feedback, reviews and comments; it's clear that Shimmery is stealing the hearts of its viewers. Join us as we count down the top five reasons why audiences can't get enough of Shimmery Burlesque.


Who doesn't love a night out? After years of longing for live entertainment, the return to the theatre has been met with great excitement. Burlesque shows are especially electrifying because audiences cheer and actively engage in the excitement. Audiences are encouraged to have so much fun, creating a vibrant energy that fills the room. Shimmery Burlesque offers a full theatrical experience - with a grand set, dazzling lighting, and sparkling costumes, audiences are transported into a vintage wonderland from the moment they step into the theatre. The show's musical theatre-style format, combined with audience engagement and stunning visuals, creates an unforgettable night out that leaves audiences longing for more.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "What an incredible show. The costumes were exquisite. The acts were mesmerising. Even the fine details such as the backdrops and props were so well-made and complimented each act. Can’t wait for the next show!" - Jacqui


Shimmery Burlesque isn't just about the glamour! The show follows the journey of a talented dressmaker, Lady Shimmery, who discovers her passion for creating costumes for Burlesque. Throughout the entire show, Burlesque numbers unfold, seamlessly weaving into the fabric of Lady Shimmery's narrative. Audiences are absolutely loving the innovative take on a Burlesque show, describing it as "what dreams are made of" with "entertainment packed onto every square inch of the stage". Based on a true story - the heartfelt narrative leaves a lasting impression long after the curtains close.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "What a fabulous story.  What dreams are made of.  Loved every minute of it." - Linda


The art of tease has a rich history and Shimmery proudly celebrates this by bringing a classic vintage cabaret to the stage with a beautiful cast of all shapes and sizes. Burlesque is about confidence, embracing uniqueness and individuality.  Shimmery proudly breaks away from the conventions of many showgirl-style shows that often have a reputation for favouring specific heights and body shapes. The costumes are carefully created to reflect the uniqueness and personality of each performer. Audiences feel empowered by "how unique the cast is" and even how much the show makes them "want to be a Burlesque dancer!"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "We loved the show. We really appreciated that the girls dancing represented all shapes. The dancing was amazing. Loved it all." - Melissa


Shimmery is inspired by the real-life costume designer Kerrie, also known as Lady Shimmery. Written by Holly Mouat, Kerrie's daughter, the show serves as a platform to showcase her mother's extraordinary costumes, each a testament to her passion and skill. Audiences are enchanted by the vintage glamour of the costumes, adorned with thousands of rhinestones, feathers, lace, velvet, sequins, ruffles and so much more. At the heart of the show is the character of Lady Shimmery, who discovers her passion for creating costumes for Burlesque, making it only fitting that the costumes be absolutely spectacular.


Shimmery Burlesque wouldn't be the same without its stellar cast, with the show featuring a beautiful ensemble of twenty performers who bring the stage to life with their individual personality and talent. Audiences really connect with each person as they bring the entire show to life. Audiences have described the cast as "engaging", "incredible", "brilliant", "entertaining", "stunning", "hilarious", "electric" and "captivating".

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Oh Shimmery what a delight! A performance full of elaborate, intricate costumes, gleaming feminine wonders shimmering on the stage, wowing us spectators with their talent. A truly captivating ensemble of creators, unmissable for those curious of the beauty and outrageous fun that is Burlesque." - Anastasia

We invite you to experience the magic of Shimmery for yourself, and experience why audiences are falling head over heels for this dazzling show. From the five star cast, mesmerising costumes to the empowering story and electrifying acts, there's something for everyone to love. Seen the show? Be sure to leave us a review! We love hearing your feedback and can't wait to hear from you.

Join Juniper Fox, the captivating soloist and chorus dancer at Shimmery Burlesque, in a peak behind the glittering curtains. In our exclusive interview, Juniper unveils the unique essence of Shimmery; where diverse movements and a variety of talent makes Shimmery so unique.

Bathtubs! Kicks! Chairs! Bump and Grind! Juniper embraces them all in Shimmery Burlesque.

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