Robyn Archer AO

People of Adelaide


Posted on 01 Sep 2019

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Robyn Archer (1948-) cabaret icon and national treasure, began singing at four years of age in her great-grandparents’ hotel The British in North Adelaide. In 1974 she sang ‘Annie I’ in the Australian premiere of Brecht/Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins to open the Space at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Her many stage successes include her hit one-woman show A Star is Torn, first performed in 1979, which toured Australia and ran for a year in London’s West End.

Archer has been the Director of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, National Festival of Australian Theatre and Ten Days on the Island in Tasmania.

Her honours include Officer of the Order of Australia, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), Officer of the Crown (Belgium), the International Society of Performing Arts International Citation of Merit, the Helpmann Award as Australia’s Best Cabaret Performer of 2013.

Celebrating 125 years of women's suffrage in South Australia.

Image: Robyn Archer, Claudio Raschella photographer