Vashti Hughes has worked as an underground theatre and cabaret performer in Sydney for the past 20 years and is one of the founding members of The Chicks.
While still in her 20s, Vashti went from her own fledgeling performances to curating cabarets. She ran a monthly cabaret night at La Bar on Oxford St, with a new character born to compere each month. She has revived a 1928 last classic jazz poem, The Wild Party (Melbourne Comedy Festival and Raval), co-wrote cabaret show Schnecke Nudel which she performed in Sydney (Darlinghurst Theatre), Hong Kong (Fringe Bar), Shanghai (the Glamour Room) and Singapore (Raffles), and her one-woman show, Mum’s In, played at the Kings Cross Hotel for multiple seasons over numerous years.
Most recently Vashti has used another Kings Cross landmark, the minuscule Piccolo Bar, for her new work, Piccolo Tales, featuring the legendary owner Vittorio, an octogenarian Sicilian who is at least one foot shorter than Vash and more than 30 years older.
She is also performing Battle of the Tartsat Silly Tart Kitchen in Kellet Street, Kings Cross.