‘Witty, cheeky and provocative’ ****
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"Booming pipes and impressive characterizations."
Nikki toured as part of the two hander cabaret, GOBSMACKED! SHOWBIZ & DATING by Jamie Burgess (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival, Midsumma Festival, Auckland Pride Festival, NZ Fringe Festival and Dunedin Fringe Festival, nominated for Best Cabaret, NZ Fringe and Best Music and Cabaret for Dunedin Fringe).
Her Cabaret writer & performer credits include GO! A mini-disaster musical (Phoenix Downstairs), THE ATTACK OF THE 40 FOOT WEDGE, receiving the ATG award for the 2008/09 ‘Best Comedy Show’, 2009 Adelaide Fringe Awards nominee for ‘Best Cabaret’, and received a special commendation for ‘Excellence in Songwriting’, CABARET: ALIVE AND KICKING (‘Inspace Development’ and ‘Best Cabaret’ nominee, 2010 Adelaide Fringe Awards), CABARET ON THE COUCH, MY SIGNIFICANT OTHER IS A MOBILE PHONE, STICK IT TO THE MAN and I PUT OUT ON THE SECOND DATE. Nikki also co-wrote VIVA LA FRANGLAISE (Speigeltent, Adelaide, Short & Sweet Cabaret 2010 Finalist). Recently Nikki made the move to London and has performed at The Battersea Barge and The Pheasantry with her solo cabaret work and is currently a second year composer with Book Music & Lyrics.
Nikki trained at the Elder Conservatorium, graduating with a music degree majoring in theatre & vocal studies from the University of New South Wales.
A senior tutor for the Australian Girls Choir for over 5 years, Nikki now brings the wealth of knowledge and training she has received to students in London. She has trained at Yale University as part of the International Cabaret Convention 2010 and gained tutelage in Kodaly method under Julia Pigdon, specialist in her field and completed her level 1&2 Estill Training with Anne-Marie Speed in Berlin in 2014.
"Aitken is a powerhouse. She has an amazingly agile and full-throttle voice, which she uses here both effortlessly and magnificently. She is joyous in every way."
STEPHEN COLLINS - LIVETHEATREUK
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Best Cabaret Nominee – NZ Fringe Festival (Gobsmacked)
Best Music and Cabaret Nominee – Dunedin Fringe Festival (Gobsmacked)
Best Female Performer in a Musical – ATG Awards (Mother, Wife and The Complicated Life)
Best Cabaret Show Nominiee – Adelaide Fringe
InSpace Development Awards Nominiee – Adelaide Fringe
Best Comedy Show Winner (The Attack of the 40 Foot Wedge) - ATG Awards
Special Commendation for Original Song Writing – Adelaide Fringe
Best Cabaret Show Nominee- Adelaide Fringe 2009
Bank SA Support Act Award Nominee - Adelaide Fringe 2009
Best Actress Runner up, Newtown Short and Sweet Festival
First Place, Adelaide Eisteddfod open section 16 – 21 years
"Nikki Aitken not only has excellent comedy skills but also a voice to die for. Wildly, generously entertaining" ****
ADELAIDE THEATRE GUIDE
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"Very relaxed, very funny, truly inspiring."
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Performer / Writer / Composer
GO! A Mini Musical Phoenix Artist Bar, Camden Fringe
The Attack Of The 40 Foot Wedge Adelaide Fringe Festival 2009, Melbourne – Butterfly Club, Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival, The Duplex Theatre, New York, Slide Bar, Sydney Best Comedy Show Winner 08/09, ATG Awards, Special Commendation – 2009 Fringe Awards, Nominated Best Cabaret – 2009 Fringe Awards
Viva La Franglaise The Spiegeltent, Adelaide Fringe | Short and Sweet Cabaret Finalist
Performer / Writer
Show Off! Pheasantry London
Cabaret Confidential Pheasantry, London
Destination Broadway The Promethean, Adelaide
Cabaret Alive And Kicking Adelaide Fringe Festival 2010 | Nominated Best Cabaret – 2010 Fringe Awards
Nominated InSPace Development Awards – 2010 Adelaide Fringe Awards
6 Days Till Xmas La Boheme, Adelaide
Nikki Aitken’s Odyssey Greek Odyssey Festival
I Put Out on the Second Date Sydney Performances, Adelaide Fringe Festival Season
Performer / Co-Writer
Gobsmacked! Showbiz + Dating Crazy Coqs, Live at Zedel, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Midsumma Festival, Auckland Fringe Festival, Dunedin Fringe Festival, NZ Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival
My Significant Other is A Mobile Phone Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival
Permanently Temporary Soho Revue Bar
Co-Writer / Director
Stick It To The Man Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival
MUSICALS 1998 - 2019
Nikki has worked on multiple premieres including Australian regional and national tours of MOTHER, WIFE & THE COMPLICATED LIFE by Amity Dry together with appearances in New York (Bec, Popjam Productions), CINDERELLA (Fairy G, KD Productions UK), THE SEEDY ADVENTURES OF JOHHNY STEELE (Rita, Full Swing Productions) and HELL The Musical as part of The Adelaide Fringe. She has also worked with Magnormos Productions on MILK AND HONEY (Mrs Perlman), together with a featured performance for OZMADE Musicals 10th Anniversary celebrations at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne (2012). Other credits include INTO THE WOODS, (Little Red Riding Hood, Newtown Theatre), one of the ‘Angel City Four’ in CITY OF ANGELS (NUTS) and lead performer in SONDHEIM: A REVUE (UNSW Productions) and as a Principal Vocalist in CHESS.