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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Vibrator Nation book launch

21 February 2018

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In the 1970s a group of pioneering feminist entrepreneurs launched a movement that ultimately changed the way sex was talked about, had, and enjoyed. Boldly reimagining who sex shops were for and the kinds of spaces they could be, these entrepreneurs opened sex-toy stores like Eve’s Garden, Good Vibrations, and Babeland not just as commercial enterprises, but to provide educational and community resources as well. In Vibrator Nation Lynn Comella tells the fascinating history of how these stores raised sexual consciousness, redefined the adult industry, and changed women’s lives. Comella describes a world where sex-positive retailers double as social activists, where products are framed as tools of liberation, and where consumers are willing to pay for the promise of better living—one conversation, vibrator, and orgasm at a time.

Join Lynn Comella (USA) in conversation with Cyndi Darnell one night only in Melbourne for an inspiring night of erotic history, revolution & celebration of women in business – who mean business.

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Vibrator Nation book launch

Ladybeard's Homecoming

5 Jan 2018

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Japan’s darling Ladybeard is returning to his native home of Australia in January 2018 for the Big in Japan Oz Tour, presented by Supanova comic con. Travelling across 5 cities as part of his national screening tour with Big in Japan Documentary, Ladybeard is set to hit Melbourne shores for a special homecoming celebration like no other.

For one night only, Ladybeard will be transforming the Melba Spiegeltent into a red carpet palace of live music, kawaii extravagance and a healthy dose of wrestling excitement. With chiptune Djs, live local support acts and special awards for best dressed, Ladybeard’s Homecoming Party will be a chance for Ladybeard fans, old and new, to let loose and welcome home this true Aussie ruffian!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/352263641901963/

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Ladybeard's Homecoming

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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No Frills Cabaret

9 November - 11 November

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No Frills is back again after selling out during Melbourne Fringe and taking home an award! So get in early to secure your spot to see the show that brings all the skills but none of the frills!

Strip away the glitz, the glamour and what are you left with? No Frills that's what!

80kgs of circus, truck load of acrobatics, healthy dose of comedy and a tone of danger. No MC, no sequins, no glitter cannons and no PRETENCE, it's circus it's entertaining; it's performance at its BEST!!

Grab your friends for the cheapest night out that won't disappoint.

*May contain traces of sequins.

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No Frills Cabaret

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!

Age: 15+ Recommended

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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!

Age: 15+ Recommended

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Relax: Everything's Fucked

The Circus Oz Fanatics

18 Nov

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The Circus Oz Fanatics are a group of teen class participants aged 12 to 17. To showcase the exciting circus skills the Fanatics have mastered during the year, the students have collaborated with their trainers to devise a series of breathtaking acts. This is your opportunity to see them perform in the beautiful Melba Spiegeltent. With special guest acts from some of the students from the Circus Oz Teen Special and Super Skills classes.

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The Circus Oz Fanatics

Sidesault at the Melba: Nonstop

Time in Space Circus

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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Yummy End of Year Party and Fundraiser

25 November

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YUMMY is having an end of year party and FUNdraiser! The ensemble is traveling across Australia in early 2018, which is very expensive, and we need all the help we can to support our national tour! All money raised on the night goes directly toward production and touring costs for YUMMY, and will be greatly appreciated.

There will be performances, cocktails, fabulous packages of fashion, tickets to cultural events, and sensational experiences up for auction! It's going to be one yummy party, so don't miss out!

The night will be a party with DJs and spot performances from: Valerie Hex, Beni Lola, Karen From Finance, Zelia Rose, Tanzer, Hannie Helsden, Jarred Dewey, Rolly... AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

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Yummy End of Year Party and Fundraiser

Slamalamadingdong

30 November

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Join the Slama Fam in November to wrap up the Slama year with one last slam for 2017.

We're bringing back Arielle Cottingham, last year's Australian Poetry Slam Champ and former prong in the three-ring circus that started our NPS journey. She MC'd Slama throughout 2017 and we're excited to feature her on her return tour of Australia.

And we're back on Thursday night!

SLAMALAMADINGDONG! Poetry Slam's October 3-ROUND SLAM!

Slamalama (for short) is a 3-round PSI-certified Poetry Slam, which means it's 3 rounds of poets, performing 3 minutes per poem for the chance to represent Australia in worldwide poetry slams.

ROUND 1: 12 POETS
ROUND 2: 6 POETS
ROUND 3: 3 POETS

1ST PLACE: $50
1ST, 2ND AND 3RD PLACE: A FEATURED VIDEO ON melbournespokenword.com/

Slam rego is 6.30-6.45pm
Doors Open 7pm
Slam starts 7.30pm SHARP

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Quippings Risky Business

1 December

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The Quippings troupe is unleashing Risky Business at the Melba Spiegeltent on Friday 1 December.

Risky Business is a cabaret game show featuring songs, tattoos, menstrual blood, secrets and – tango!

This show is for International Day of People with Disability - we are reclaiming this day as ours! There will be no DisabiliTea, no charity, no pity; instead - expect fierce and funny and defiant.

Kath Duncan, Risky Business' producer and Quippings' cofounder, says ‘This is our riskiest show yet! Our biggest cast and our wildest ideas break out all over the Spiegeltent stage.’

Out on a limb and playing with fire are Creatrix Tiara, Rachel High, Gem Mahadeo, Kath Duncan, Julie McNamara, Sonia Marcon, Kochava Lilit, Anthony Julian, Imogen Newhouse and Jess Kapuscinski-Evans - performers who all identify as disabled and queer/queer friendly.

Risky Business' director is Suze Smith - a director, theatre maker, and movement researcher. She's an Independent Artist and Project Manager at VCA,.

Quippings has been a Melbourne performance troupe since 2010. Quippings’ work centres on the lived experiences of deaf and disabled embodiment and all works are written and performed by the artists ourselves. Quippings operates from within the social model of disability (a political perspective born out of the disability rights movement which says it is the barriers – social, medical, economic, educational and financial discriminations, physical and attitudinal - we face in the world which disable us); with bucketloads of disability pride.

AUSLAN INTERPRETED

AUDIO DESCRIBED

 

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Impure Thoughts

Claire Healy

7 December - 9 December

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★★★★ "If Kate Bush had worked on her jokes and taken herself a little less seriously, she could have been Claire Healy." - Herald Sun

★★★★ "Original songs laced with whimsy... and just a little venom to add spice." - Glam Adelaide

Complete with a live three piece band and playing for THREE SHOWS ONLY at the marvellous Melba Spiegeltent, Claire Healy returns from the 7th to the 9th of December with her fabulously immodest evening of high energy music, laughter, and frivolity.

Do you have thoughts that lie beneath the surface? That you can’t say out loud? Thoughts that might be a little... impure? Claire does. And she likes to sing about them. This gin soaked anti-diva has removed what little of her internal filter she had left, dis- pensed with any remaining lady-like notions, and is ready to get it all out there in front of a room full of strangers.

With a multitude of glowing reviews and accolades from her past shows, Claire Healy is fast becoming known as a hot ticket triple threat. With sell out national and international tours to Edinburgh, Adelaide, and Perth coupled with Best Cabaret nominations in Perth and overseas, her work continues to equally delight and impress.

Surrounded by the opulent trappings of the Melba Spiegeltent and featuring all original songs including The Best Kind of Nasty, Bicycle Face and Dave (Doesn't Know We're Friends), Impure Thoughts is the perfect (gin and) tonic during the Silly Season.

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