Meraki Arts Bar acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of the land upon which our bar stands.

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01/03 : 7:30pm

Back to M.A.

Main Stage
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After 20 years of living away from home, you would think Maria de Marco’s problems are over? But Maria is turning 50 years old, and she is alone. After a failed marriage and now a daughter who won’t speak to her, Maria needs help! When mental health professionals, self – help books, a journey of self- discovery and your own mother can’t help because she IS the problem; Maria goes back to group therapy.

BACK TO M.A. sees Maria returning to the group that helped her once with her “Mummy” issues; with the only way she knows how – by talking (and singing about it behind her mother’s back), to a room full of strangers in M.A. Can 12 steps to serenity get her back to her daughter? All are welcome, especially those with mother issues!

Madem Productions presents a return season of BACK TO M.A. After a very successful run at the EL ROCCO ROOM in 2022, this cabaret is about everyone’s relationship with their mother. Using re- imagined show and pop songs, BACK TO M.A. is a sequel to MARIA DE MARCO’S first solo cabaret M.A. Both shows can stand alone, and audience do not need to view the first show to understand the sequel.


What the critics have said:

This was a clever, quirky and warm-hearted show … (Sydney Arts Guide, 2022)

Back to M.A. …a fun and wholesome story about love, communication, and forgiveness.

(Nightwrites 2022)

This funny, engaging and at times quite emotional production. (Theatre Thoughts, 2022)


When you can’t talk to your mother, you go BACK TO M.A. The mother of all cabarets!

Coming to a community hall near you! When a room full of strangers will make sure you

are heard and loved!



Written by Maria De Marco

Additional script support by Isabella Forte

Directed by Simon Ward

Performed by Maria De Marco & Esther Monck


*ACCESSIBILITY: The Meraki Mainstage theatre / Green Room bar is located on the second level of Meraki and is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible at present. It is accessed via two separate flights of stairs from the ground floor (the second flight including a corner half way up), each of which has a handrail.

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08/03 : 7:30pm

The Natalie Claire Jazz Band

Gig Bar
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Jazz Standards: Swing, Bossa Nova & Samba

The Natalie Claire Jazz Band is bringing a touch a vintage glamour to Meraki Arts Bar!

Expect good grooves, lush melodies, and high-energy improvisations from the cream of Sydney’s jazz musos. 

This is a night of tender ballads, hard-swinging classic jazz and upbeat Latin rhythms not to be missed! This technically masterful singer will take you on a musical journey that is playful yet sophisticated, celebrating the classics by Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra and more!

“Natalie’s voice is warm and smooth, and her interpretation of the classics is genuinely classy” Sharny Russell.

Joined by her exquisite band, this is an act not to be missed!


Natalie Claire: Vocals

Miroslaw Galczynski: Keys

Nicholas Powning: Double bass

Steve Ley: Drums




*ACCESSIBILITY: The Gig Bar level of Meraki is on the first floor, and is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible at present. It is accessed via one set of stairs which include a handrail.

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