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An Australian Cabaret Icon on the Abusive Father Who Shaped His Work

Singular, award-winning Australian actor and cabaret singer Paul Capsis—who, over the weekend delivered a final performance of The Last Season as part of the 2021 Sydney Festival—grew up the child of Greek and Maltese immigrant parents who did not see eye to eye.


On this episode, you’ll hear an intimate conversation between co-host Matthew and Paul about his emotionally unstable and abusive father, and how Paul learned to stand up to a family at cultural odds with itself.


Speaking about him for the first time, Paul shares his surprising reaction to his father’s death, and how their fraught relationship impacts his creative work today.


Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.




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