Short and Sweet Productions has been the home of singer and guitarist Lil Miss Mel for over 10 years*. Starting out as a duo, through to the formation of a 5 piece band, the small and mighty Lil Miss Mel (AKA Melanie Sander Wilson) has performed with multiple musical outfits all over metropolitan Adelaide, and through much of South Australia including regional tours, in acoustic and electric incarnations. Short and Sweet Productions now showcase Lil Miss Mel as an emerging Cabaret Artist, performing the comedy cabaret “Crowded Blouse” to enthusiastic crowds for the 2024 Fringe. After multiple sell-out seasons, the next stop was The Adelaide Cabaret Fringe.
A return season for Fringe 2024 of the much beloved Crowded Blouse, featuring the fabulous Deborah Brennan.
A new show, currently in development, which explores ageing disgracefully – premiering in Fringe 2025
and the rest* …! Denial – so much more than a river in Egypt …
Lil Miss Mel (aka Melanie Sander Wilson) is a pint-sized performer of a variety of modern music, in many incarnations. Over the years, she has graced stages large and small, performing in accapella ensembles, various rock bands, duos and trios, as well as solo singer/guitarist performances at intimate wine bars and cafés.
Adelaide audiences know her from pubs, clubs and the occasional wedding or private function, where she has sung everything from blues standards to funk.
Crowded Blouse Rides again for Adelaide Fringe 2024!
“You simply must see this show! 10/10!”
– The Adelaide Show Podcast
“A show from the heart, bursting with wonderful music & humour”
– Glam Adelaide
Hell bent on finding the true song of her soul, Lil Miss Mel has boldly journeyed from the light-up dance floors of tragic 80s disco to the dizzying heights of Adelaide’s classiest Bingo halls. And now, having Nutbushed, bopped and Bus-Stopped her way to semi-obscurity and middle age, she ponders the big questions: How do I become my most authentic self?
About Crowded Blouse
Lil Miss Mel premiered her original solo show Crowded Blouse at the Jade for the 2022 Fringe, where it was received with delight and occasional delirium.
In this one hour show, our hot mess of a heroine performs everything from 80s disco to stripped back pub classics, with her trusty guitar, and Deb Brennan’s stunning piano accompaniment, and backup vocals,
She boldly lurches from light-up dance floors to the dizzying heights of Adelaide’s classiest bingo halls, hell bent on finding the true song of her heart, the music in her soul, or the nearest pub, whichever comes first.
Along the way, she ponders intimate & frequently inappropriate interactions, and the overall meaning of life, through parody & song; having Nutbushed, bopped and Bus-Stopped her way to semi-obscurity and middle age, she ponders the big questions: How do I become my most authentic self? What is music without true connection? Did we really just get paid in beer for that gig?
Will she find the answers she seeks through jamming with a band, or will she choose the route of musical self-satisfaction?