Shows At The Melba
5 Jan 2018
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:Â https://www.facebook.com/events/352263641901963/
Vibrator Nation book launch
21 February 2018
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.
Midsumma Youth Spectacular
Celebrating our beautiful, sparkly, queer youth community
Presented by Midsumma Festival and Minus18
The Melba Spiegeltent will be taken over by a showcase of Melbourne's most talented queer youth performers. In a special collaboration between Midsumma Festival and Minus18 – the nation's largest queer youth organisation – presenting a night of music, circus, performance artists, interactive activities and a truckload of glitter.
This is an all ages event so bring your pals/fam/pet unicorn! Umm, there is also free soft drink throughout the night because under 18.
Let's throw on our most glittery get-up and come together – one night only!
The Moth: Manners
The Moth StorySLAMs are coming to The Melba! The “SLAMS” are open-mic storytelling competitions where anyone is welcome to share a five-minute story on the night’s theme.
MANNERS: Prepare a five-minute story about civil comportment. P's and Q's, southern hospitality, reform school. Behaving like a perfect lady/gentleman or revealing your uncouth inner beast. Bad habits, rude encounters, misinterpretations. Sit up straight, elbows off the table...wait your turn!
Slamalamadingdong acknowledges that our event takes place on stolen land, the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded, no treaty was signed and it always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
If you want to slam, show up at 6.30pm sharp to sign up. It's $5 to enter but you get into the slam for free, even if your name isn't drawn. If your name isn't drawn, you can automatically get a spot in the slam for the month after.
The top 12 from the season qualify for the Grand Slam in May, and the top 4 from the Grand Slam in May get invited to be on the 2018 Slamalamadingdong National Poetry Slam team, competing in Chicago, USA, in August.
ABOUT SLAMA Slamalama (for short) is a 3-round PSI-certified Poetry Slam, held on the last Thursday of every month, 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 "The points are not the point. The point is poetry." - Marc Smith (SO WHAT!)
Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Glittery Clittery – A ConSENSUAL Reboot!
Fringe Wives Club
6 April - 7 April
SECOND SHOW ADDED!
Nominee Best Newcomer Award 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Nominee Best Cabaret Award 2017 FRINGE WORLD
Nominee Best Cabaret Award 2017 Melbourne Fringe
As seen on ABC Comedy Up Late
For one night only, the all-singing, all-dancing, all-fighting Fringe Wives Club rides again.
Explosive comedy cabaret, rebooted with more songs, more sequins and more champagne! This hilarious feminist extravaganza is guaranteed to blow your minds and your pants!
Fierce and funny, the show is a high-energy, late-night party bursting with original live music, anarchic audience games, DIY glamour + activism (a.k.a. #GLAMtavism), sharp-witted observations and of course, ridiculously epic dance moves.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Rhubarb
Kate Jenkinson, Pinky Beecroft & Friends
4 April - 7 April
Truth or rhubarb? That’s the question in this fast, funny and fascinating game-show panel-show hybrid extravaganza. Featuring stories from a changing cast of celebrities, dignitaries and specially-selected nutbags, Rhubarb is a sneak-peek into the brains of some of Australia’s most lovable and messed-up personalities.
Essentially Rhubarb is a game-show where contestants tell strange and very personal stories – some of which may be true, and some of which may be complete and utter rhubarb. It’s up to you and the panel to decide.
The skill lies in being able to sell a lie as gospel truth and vice versa. Or to have a true and deeply personal story that is so mind-bogglingly weird it cannot possibly be real – except it is.
Confused? Good.Come along and see for yourself – at the very least you’ll learn the perverted secrets of an eclectic bunch of oddballs. There will be laughter, tears and a truck-load of what the hell?
The show is held together – or at times torn apart – by a core team of two: Kate Jenkinson (Wentworth, Super Fun Night, Offspring) and Pinky Beecroft (Machine Gun Fellatio, The Glasshouse, Hiding, musician writer weirdo). They’ll be joined by a floating bunch of Australia’s national treasures, including but not limited to random famous actors, musicians, novelists, dog-fosterers, TV personalities and one astro-physicist.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Oops!
6 April - 8 April
Sometimes when things don't go as planned, say Oops! and try again! Maybe I caused a mishap or two, say Oops! and try again. A family-friendly show starring the lovable Banjo and his friends Molly and Frosty. A tutti frutti mix of clowning, mime, slapstick comedy and catchy tunes. You won't say Oops! the same way again. Oops!
Suitable for audiences of all ages.https://www.circusoz.com/administrator/index.php?option=com_spiegeltenttickets&view=edit&layout=edit&id=183#
Melbourne International Comedy Festival: The Wine Bluffs
Damian Callinan & Paul Calleja
Ever wondered what wine goes best with fairy bread? Why hasn’t the ‘champagne spider’ caught on? These questions and many more will be inadequately answered by the self-styled sommeliers of comedy, Damian Callinan and Paul Calleja. Returning to Melbourne International Comedy Festival for two shows only!
After intoxicating sold out audiences across the country, The Wine Bluffs are back to do what they do best: bullshit about wine. Laying spurious claim to a reputation as renowned wine consultants, the duo, fresh from judging the Fruit Wine Section at The Rockhampton Show, will take you through the cellar door experience with a comedic twist.
They’ll help you match wine to Chiko Rolls, translate over-written bottle blurbs and identify the biggest wine wanker in the room: if you have a wine fridge set on two temperatures... It’s probably you.
The union of Damian (Melbourne Fringe Comedy winner and three-time Barry Award Nominee] and Paul (stand-up and writer on Before The Game and countless other TV shows) has everyone’s palate salivating as they prepare to uncork their latest vintage and let the comedy breathe.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Totally Plucked
13 April - 22 April
A bizarre, hilarious comedy featuring an abundance of ping pong balls!
A daring new comedy circus solo show by award-winning circus performer Simon Wright. Top twisted circus tricks meets absurd wordless characters in this joyful ride through wonderfully stupid physical comedy sketches. You have seen him on ABC TV, now see him in the flesh, or even decorated in feathers!
Melbourne International Comedy Festival: For Love or Money
Ginger and Tonic
10 April - 22 April
Specialising in original songs as well as impertinent parodies, female a cappella group Ginger and Tonic’s combination of superb voices create their unique, much lauded sound.
After much touring of their award-winning cabaret show Desperate and Dateless, the Ginger and Tonic gals are back with For Love or Money. They might still be struggling in love, but that's not going to stop them from being the awesome women that they are. They have big ideas – huge ideas – to make big bucks! Or do they...? Using their powerful voices and killer harmonies, this time the girls are pitching in more ways than one, hoping to find success in this dog-eat-dog world.
Since forming in 2010, Ginger and Tonic have performed as a headline act at the Festival of Voices in Hobart, toured to Germany to perform at the International A Cappella Festival in Leipzig, and in 2012 won first place at SingFest – Australia's leading a cappella festival and competition. They have performed at festivals around Australia including Port Fairy Folk Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth’s FRINGE WORLD, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival. Their cabaret show Desperate and Dateless earned them a Green Room Award for Best Musical Direction.
Join Laura Burzacott, Rebecca Moore, Jane Patterson and Danielle O'Malley as they take you on a journey through their ambitions, from humble food dreams to embryo-freezing empires.
Sidesault at The Melba 2018: Expressions of Interest now open
The Melba is seeking expressions of interest from independent artists and small to medium companies who would like to be a part of the second festival of innovative and experimental Circus work at The Melba Spiegeltent, Sidesault at the Melba.
Following the success of the first Sidesault at The Melba, we are looking for the next round of leading edge new circus works or adaptations of existing works that explore the possibilities of circus as an art form and engage with contemporary cultural trends; works that spark conversation and debate, as well as celebrate the positives, imagine the possibilities and break some rules!
For more information please download the info pack here.
Applications are to be submitted via the form here.
This project is supported by the City of Yarra.
10 May - 26 May
-An excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures, direct from the French Quarter of New Orleans-
The ever secret ‘Circus Society’ is inviting you to their exclusive and flamboyant parade, playing host to the world’s highest-skilled cirque artists, in the illustrious Melba Spiegeltent this coming May; for a strictly limited three week season.
Drawing influence from the city of New Orleans and the best party on earth, the Mardi Gras, these infamous loose street festivities were hosted by secret societies competing to uphold the most illustrious party in their quarter.
AfterDark Theatre is proud to present ‘Society’, a high octane tribute to the Bourbon Street circus and the wild nightlife of the French Quarter. Nothing is off limits in this adult’s only circus cabaret, blending influences including Cajun party culture, French exuberance, Creole Voodoo, Masquerade and breathtaking acrobatics whilst combining an extroverted lighting design mixed with a unique styled soundtrack that showcases ‘Society’ – “Laissez le bon temps rouler!” Let the good times roll!
AfterDark Theatre has produced a number of award-winning shows including ‘Sediment’, ‘BARBAROI’, ‘Element of Consequence’, and The Boardwalk Republic; the original Southside hub for the Melbourne Fringe.
WINNER – 2012 Melbourne Fringe, Best Circus
WINNER – 2013 Melbourne Fringe, Best Circus
WINNER – 2014 Adelaide Fringe Weeklies, Best circus
WINNER – 2016 Melbourne Fringe, Best Emerging Artist
WINNER – 2016 Adelaide Fringe Weeklies, Best Circus
WINNER – 2017 Green Room Award, Innovation in Contemporary Circus
Point of No Return
1 August - 11 August
Point of No Return is a multi-award winning play by Alaine Beek. It is a riveting drama that tells the fascinating and true story of the British Empire's first boys's prison built in 1832 at Port Arthur. It is a story about boys becoming men, gang mentality, loyalty, hope and what it takes to survive our early prison systems. It is also a story of hope as many of the boys became our first Australian colonists. You will be immersed in this engaging story from beginning to end.
"Every character’s journey through the drama is crafted with aplomb by Ms Beek to create a compelling, moving and sometimes humorous story that is a triumph of the human spirit." Andrew Blackman – Complete Works Theatre Company.
“Alaine Beek’s Point of No Return not only shines a light on a little-known aspect of Australia’s dark convict past: remarkably, it also manages to paint a nuanced portrait of male relationships, especially between those teetering on the verge of manhood." David Tredinnick – Actor, writer