Various People

About Us


Various People Inc creates music theatre and concert-style performances with a social conscience, specialising in small-scale and deconstructed opera, and multi-art form chamber music works.

Household Names, our affectionate take on the wrk/life balance of female musicians in 200-year instalments, is being premiered at the 2019 Port Fairy Spring Festival.

Our Baroque cabaret, La Virtuosissima Cantatrice, won Best Production and Best Music at the 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Fringe. Other work includes Orpheus Underground, produced in the Treasury Tunnels in Adelaide to sell-out audiences and critical acclaim, Instructions for an Imaginary Man (2012 Adelaide Festival of Arts), The Velvet Gentleman (2012 Cabaret Festival) and Vesalius: A Requiem, which was listed in The Advertiser Top Ten Shows for 2010.

For the Come Out Festival we produced Daughter of the Sea in 2009 and Stari Most for the closing concert in 2011. Other productions include The Shouting Fence (Adelaide Fringe, 2009) and performances as part of the Sessions, InSPACE and Intimate Music series at the Adelaide Festival Centre (I See Your Beating Heart, 2012, Small Victories, 2013, The Red Pinafore, 2014)

Collaborative partners have included the State Opera of South Australia (60 Minute Opera productions Madam Butterfly, Gretel and Hansel and Carmen CSI), RIAus and FMC Arts in Health (Heartsong, 2011), Tutti Arts (The Magic Flute 2011), and numerous emerging and established South Australian artists.

Cheryl Pickering & Graeme Rose, The Velvet Gentleman, Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2012

Cheryl Pickering & Graeme Rose, The Velvet Gentleman, Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2012



Various People Inc. Board members:


Emma O’Neill

Cheryl Pickering
Artistic Director 

Kate Hitchin

Isobel Marmion
Board Member