Shows At The Melba
The Moth's StorySLAMs are open-mic storytelling competitions. Anyone with a five-minute story (on the night's theme) can put their name in the hat. You can come tell a story, or just join us to enjoy the show!
A Very Kitty Xmas - The Last Supper
For a decade now, the unstoppable Kitty Bang and her RAWKAS band of merry-men, WOW-men and music playing humans, have been lighting the Christmas cracker in the hearts, souls and underpants of Melbournians.
As Kitty prepares to relocate to her new spiritual home, DARWIN, she is putting her 16-piece brass band back together for one VERY LAST Festive Riot! They will lead you in a conga-line of stories, songs and high-kicks that will make you feel like you could never ruin Christmas (again). Without a traditional Christmas song-in-sight, this motley crew of love slinging, foot stomping and heart throbbing musician’s leave you ready to face the festive world full of contemporary-tidings and enough good-time giddiness to turn any grinchy-frown, upside-down.
Come for Kitty Bang and stay for the ‘Holy Cow’ of Christmas…. (her younger brother bullied back onto the stage in a full size cow-suit. #Family_Christmas_GOLD).
It’s time to get troppo and celebrate everything brassy, wild and delicious about this fucked-up / fruity season.
A Swinging Bella Christmas
Christmas. It's pretty good, isn't it? Wide-eyed children, galloping reindeer, sparkling tinsel, barbecues, goodwill to everyone. Thumbs up! On board!
So every year, we get together and sing the praises of the season in a venerable Melbourne hall - and that's where we've always gotten it wrong.
Go back and look at the original story. Four walls and a roof? Christmas doesn't have a plaster ceiling on it. It takes place outside, in a humble stable. Simple. Modest. A lean-to, perhaps. Some kind of tent. A beautiful century-old Belgian canvas pavilion with wooden floors and stained glass and mirrors and a licensed bar. Y'know. Slumming it.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to The Melba Spiegeltent, the legendary palace of festivity and frivolity adjoining Circus Oz /Melbourne Polytechnic / Collingwood TAFE / Collingwood Tech (depending on your era)! And welcome to A Swingin' Bella Christmas - a finger-snappin', toe-tappin' romp through traditional carols, modern favourites and specially-written original songs of the season, executed with airy panache by a horn-laden bevy of brilliant performers known throughout the civilised world as The Bella All-Stars!
Out front, MCs Casey Bennetto and Geraldine Quinn will be joined by special guests - past years have seen guestage (and co-hostage) from the likes of Virginia Gay, Tripod, Sarah Carroll, Eddie Perfect, Tim Rogers, Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier, Mike McLeish, Angie Hart, Ali McGregor, Alan Brough, Mikelangelo, Paul Kelly, Rebecca Barnard and many more.
Midsumma Festival 2019 at The Melba & Beyond
The Melba Spiegeltent
The Melba Spiegeltent and Beyond is proud to host some of the most cutting edge and entertaining events and shows as part of the Midsumma Festival 2019.
Midsumma Festival is Victoria's premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality.
Music, Comedy, Magic and Conversation are all part of this years program.
A boutique selection of shows and events will be held in the stunning Melba Spiegeltent and our intimate Studio.
Pop in for a drink in our bar, open throughout the Festival.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019
The Melba & Beyond
The Melba Speiegeltent & Beyond is proud to host over 16 companies, performing in more than 100 shows as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019 from 28 March - 21 April.
The full program will be announced on 12 Februrary 2019. But until then check out our presale shows and get your tickets before they sell out!
The Sawtooth Bar will be open before, during and after the shows, so you can catch up with your friends and enjoy a drink from our wonderful friends at Innocent Bystander.
The Melba Spiegeltent: Show List
- The Moth: Joy, 18 December
- A Very Kitty Xmas - The Last Supper, Kitty Bang - 19 December
- A Swinging Bella Christmas, Bella Union - 20 December - 22 December
- Midsumma Festival 2019 at The Melba & Beyond: Consent Festival, Presented by: Midsumma Festival, MEAN Projects and Melba Spiegeltent - 19 January 2019 - 19 January 2019
- Midsumma Festival 2019 at The Melba & Beyond: All The Drugs I've Ever Taken, Lost Boy Circus - 31 January 2019 - 1 February 2019
- Midsumma Festival 2019 at The Melba & Beyond: Queer Lady Magician, 30 January 2019 - 3 February 2019
- Midsumma Festival 2019 at The Melba & Beyond: Rebel, Highwire Entertainment - 30 January 2019 - 3 February 2019
- A Night With Uncle Jack, Mistletone - 8 February 2019
- Midsumma Festival 2019 at The Melba & Beyond: Radical Rituals, Glitterfist Productions - 30 January 2019 - 9 February 2019
- Midsumma Festival 2019 at The Melba & Beyond: Cazeleon: The Movies in My Mind, C J Stewart Productions - 6 February 2019 - 10 February 2019
- Matador, Bass Fam Creative - 14 Feb 2019 - 2 March 2019
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019: Lawrence Leung - Growing Concerns, Australian Comedy Management - 20 March 2019 - 21 March 2019
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019: Galapagos, Pearl Entertainment - 30 March 2019 - 14 April 2019
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019: NEON, Circus Oz - 12 April 2019 - 20 April 2019
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019: Bubblegum Cabaret, Circus Oz - 13 April 2019 - 20 April 2019
- LGBTI Elders Dance Club, All The Queens Men - 10 February 2019 - 24 November 2019