Melissa Western is a Brisbane-based performing artist. Current performance projects include Barbara & Barry, The Roaring Twenties, Oh Lady Be Good, Tnee & Melissa Duo, Lissa and Nee Nee and top jazz and cabaret outfits. As a singer-actor she has performed in festivals and venues around the world, received countless 5 star reviews for her original shows and is regularly booked by high profile corporate clients including the Office of the Prime Minister and the Queensland’s Premier’s Department.
Debuting at the Brisbane Anywhere Festival in May 2018, Beware of Boys by Lisa Maree Southgate and Francesca de Valence is an all female collaboration with fire-power performed by Melissa Western. The musical memoir reveals a story left untold for more than 30 years about first kisses, private school boys and the dangers that lurked in the shadows of Brisbane in 1982. > read more
Oh Lady Be Good was again a smash hit in April 2018 with sold out shows for Festival 2018 in Townsville. > read more
A brand new cabaret has debuted! Stay tuned for for more performances of Five Foot Two following its debut performance for the Ipswich Festival 2018. >read more
After a year in the UK, Melissa Western returned to Queensland soil with a hot new cabaret set in 1920s Australia! Featuring the music of the Roaring Twenties with a live band, special guests and more, this was one raucous party not to be missed! > read more
Melissa was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to pursue her passion for improvised music theatre. In July 2015 she travelled to the UK to embark on an extended sabbatical training with companies including The Showstoppers, Baby Wants Candy, The Maydays and Open Your Mouth and Sing.
Playing the character of Barbara opposite her real life partner Tnee (who plays Barry) has never been more fun! Following an extensive Queensland tour, the jazz-comedy team have been hosting cabarets and events in the UK and Australia, getting to know lots of other crazy characters. Their 2015 season of Sweet, Sour & Saucy at the Judith Wright Centre was nominated for three Matilda Awards, including Best Female Actor in a Leading Role and won Del Arte chart favourites for Leading Female Performer and Favourite Musical.