Shows At The Melba

Sidesault at the Melba: Festival Pass

8 - 18 November

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Immerse yourself in this new festival of experiemental theatre. Buy a multi show Festival Pass, save on your ticket prices and see more extraordinary circus!

Stick around between shows and have a drink in our lush Pop-Up Bar.

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The Cocoa Butter Club

12 October

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The Cocoa Butter Club celebrates and centres Indigenous and/or People of Colour (IaoPoC) in a stunning performance night, and we are back for our third ever Melbourne showcase!

After a sell-out show in July, we are pumped to bring on another night of jam-packed, super talented performance. We exist to promote the fact that performers of colour are creating in a multitude of mediums, though in our experience artists of colour and their incredible talent are often ignored, erased and untold. We call it a creative clap-back! This is a safer space for IaoPoC expression. Anyone is welcome, as long as they are supportive of this.

This is a cross-continental project; The Cocoa Butter Club, originally started by Sadie Sinner The Songbird in London, 2016, has now opened a sibling group in Australia, curated and organized by Krishna Istha and Dani Weber.

Visit thecocoabutterclub.com/tag/the-cocoa-butter-club-australia/ for more information, and to check out our archive of amazing performers.

This event is organized in collaboration with qtpoc qtpies, and is supported by Globe Melbourne.

Venue is wheelchair accessible, the show will be AUSLAN interpereted and toilets on premise are gender neutral. For enquiries contact dani@thecocoabutterclub.com

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The Cocoa Butter Club

The Carnival of Lost Souls

19 October - 28 October

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There is no light without the darkness…
A uniquely original take on the Circus & Musical Theatre genres, the Carnival of Lost Souls tells the tragic tale of unrequited love and loss, set amongst the mayhem and splendour of a late 1800’s Circus.
Featuring some of Australia’s best physical entertainers, musicians & singers, and backed by a highly emotive original score performed live by PLATONIC, the audience is taken on a mystical and atmospheric journey into the dark heart of a vintage Circus fraternity where nothing is as it seems.
​From the breathtaking thrill of world-class acrobats, jugglers, magicians, aerial, burlesque and carnival performers to the deeply-moving musical soundscape and songs, the underlying tale of desire and betrayal plays out amidst the colour and spectacle of a vintage circus big top.
​This lavish production with its stunning Victorian Gothic & Steampunk inspired costumes and period lighting design evokes a magical world where the line between life and death, heaven and earth, is confused and blurred.

Please note: The show contains scenes with partial nudity so attendance by children under the age of 15 years is not recommended.

Website:https://www.carnivaloflostsouls.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/carnivaloflostsouls

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The Carnival of Lost Souls

Slamalamadingdong

30 October

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Slamalamadingdong is Melbourne's premiere poetry slam, being the only slam in Australia currently PSI-certified, with three rounds and high-calibre nationally and internationally recognised feature artists that push the boundaries of spoken word. Slammers compete for cash, a published video of their work, performance opportunities and the chance to represent Slama at the National Poetry Slam in the United States each year.

October features Micah Bournes. Micah Bournes is a poet, MC, and blues singer from Long Beach, California. His work often touches on themes of culture, justice, and faith. Over the last 5 years, he’s grateful for the opportunities he’s had to share his art all over the world.

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Fundraiser Soiree

BANH & Collingwood Neighbourhood House

31 October

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You are invited to a fundraiser for BANH Inc. (Belgium Avenue & Collingwood Neighbourhood Houses.

Based at the North Richmond & Collingwood Public Housing Estates BANH Inc. works alongside and supports the local community by providing a friendly place to meet and offering innovative programs and celebrations that are responsive to the needs of the neighbourhood.

This fundraiser will be aiming to raise much needed funds to support arts and community projects taking place on the at the North Richmond and Collingwood Public Housing Estates.

The night will feature musical performances, cultural foods, an auction and a raffle.

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Fundraiser Soiree

Sidesault at the Melba: Unsuitable

Tumble Circus

8 November - 11 November

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Tumble Circus are excited to announce an extraordinary circus show called Unsuitable, a circus comedy event with confused jugglers, dangerous aerialists, dispirited clowns and broken acrobats. It’s about displaced and marginalised people trapped in a world of pain. It will make you gasp, make you laugh, and make you believe that people matter. Unsuitable is a show for everyone.

“To ridicule the power of violence and its consequences, is to rob it of its power over us.” Charlie Chaplin.

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Unsuitable

Stacks On!

Circus Oz

8 November - 11 November

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Circus Oz presents Stacks On! A show of breathtaking feats, serious fun, fresh humour and a tumble of extraordinary acrobatics, performed within the bevelled glass of The Melba Spiegeltent. The acrobats support each other to build human towers of strength, valuing each other’s individuality, collaboratively problem solving, celebrating equality, and using their imagination and laughter to thrill and delight young family audiences.

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Stacks On!

Sidesault at the Melba: Casting Off

A Good Catch

8 November - 11 November

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This is not your typical circus yarn.

We talk too much... what a great place to begin!

kNit is 29, Pearl is 40 and Slip is over 50 (but under 60). Biologically, socially and psychologically they differ markedly. However, they share circus, a similar collaborative ethic and belief that devised performance requires a democratic process. They find joy in each individual’s strengths, they challenge weaknesses while supporting new possibilities. They disagree, but they seek understanding and hopefully they are changed with new knowledge. These factors create the show.

In physical terms they set out to catch, support and throw each other, to work with dynamic acrobatics and spotting techniques, to re-invent the chair stack, to create a cradle act that will fit in a Spiegeltent, to do a 3 high, and to use the whole space, not just the stage.

They put these aims, lists, skills, words, stunts, conversations, tricks, releases, neuroses and politics together... while knitting their costumes.

This is not your typical circus yarn.

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Casting Off

After Hours Cabaret Club

12 November

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The After Hours Cabaret Club is celebrating our 1year anniversary and we are doing in style!

We have gathered the finest burlesque, cabaret, sideshow & circus stars from the weirdest corners of Australia, given them bottles of whisky and let them loose. We've enough sass & charm to power a moonshine distillery! Witness the creme-de-la-creme of the carnie world do things you've never seen before, and may never see again. It's dangerously debauched, scandalously sophisticated and outrageously unpredictable.

Remember, anything goes After Hours.

'This is a show not to be missed, Burlesque and cabaret at its best'
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Weekend Notes

'Wildy Entertaining'
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 - Beat Magazine

'Scandalous'
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 - Hugging Comedians

'Smorgasbord of talent'
⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Fritz Magazine

'In the words of one of the (many cheering) audience, this was the best live show he’s ever seen. - The Plus Ones ​

'It is nothing like I’ve ever experienced and I absolutely and positively cannot wait to go again'
'These acts blew our minds. They were hot, they were titillating, they were sassy and at times hilarious' - Life Loves & Liz

'Debaucherously bawdy fun' - Pop Culture-y

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After Hours Cabaret Club

Sidesault at the Melba: Party Ghost

Poached Eggs and Asparagus

15 November - 18 November

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Do we celebrate our "death day" in the afterlife as we do our birthday in the land of the living?

'Party Ghost' is a ghoulish exploration of the postmortem mystery through a comedic pop-cultural lens. Part circus and part seance, 'Party Ghost' is a macabre suite of the grindhouse kind. Made from the limbs of drag queens, the blood of acrobats and the guts of misunderstood clowns, Olivia and Jarred cordially invite you to their wacky Frankenstein monster of a show. You'll laugh, you'll cry. It might just change your afterlife!

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Party Ghost

Sidesault at the Melba: Relax: Everything's Fucked

The Syndicate Sideshow

15 November - 18 November

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This spring The Syndicate Sideshow bring their renowned brand of political satire, incredible stunts and dark sarcasm to the Melba Spiegeltent for a special one week season of Relax: Everything’s Fucked!

Watch in awe as these punk rock daredevils go bigger, better and weirder than ever - challenging the boundaries of decency and common sense with spectacular sideshow stunts, electrifying burlesque, incredible escapes and whip sharp political satire. More motivational than a workplace poster! As sincere as a politicians apology! Happier than a nihilistic mining tycoon! Brimming with ideas, wit and anarchistic energy this carnival cult-hit promises to have you roaring with laughter as we push your boundaries, tantalise your senses and subvert your expectations!

Relax: Everything’s Fucked! Builds on the remarkable success of The Syndicate’s original self titled show, which has been touring Australia and Internationally since 2012. After a year filled with international touring and acclaim for each of the individual performers, (Circus Oz, The Death Do Us Part Dangershow - UK, Circus of Horrors - UK) these will be The Syndicate Sideshow’s only Australian shows for 2017. Taking a no holds barred approach to politics and contemporary performance, this is a bold and refreshing take on the absurdity of modern values by three exuberant performers willing to face and embrace the emptiness of it all!

Restricted 18+

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Relax: Everything's Fucked

Sidesault at the Melba: Nonstop

Time in Space

15 November - 18 November

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With a driving desire to create, play and grow, five circus artists from Time In Space Circus present ‘Nonstop.’ This show is spectacular with raw passion and innovative risk.

Audiences are drawn into the performers world and see the limits and possibilities of the human body both physically and mentally. ‘Nonstop’ incorporates music that influences the way the acrobats move, think and feel. This show brings a fresh approach to circus by combining art forms of Tricking, Dance, Group Acrobatics and Juggling into an experimental circus show.

Time in Space Circus won ‘The Best Emerging Artist’ award in 2016 Adelaide Fringe, and have toured both nationally and internationally with their most recent international tour being to China. ‘Nonstop’ won a ‘Weekly Commendation Award’ in 2017 Adelaide Fringe and have toured this show bringing it to many audiences around Australia.

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Nonstop