A Swingin' Bella Christmas 2018
Dec
20
to Dec 22

A Swingin' Bella Christmas 2018

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.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW, and have yourself A Swingin' Bella Christmas!

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South of the Border - Judith Lucy, Brett Blake and Geraldine Quinn
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

South of the Border - Judith Lucy, Brett Blake and Geraldine Quinn

South Of The Border showcases performers who all live south of the Yarra (sorry, northsiders). This is going to be a rip snortin’ good time, so be sure to book early because the first South Of The Border on Nov 10 features none other than St Kilda’s own comedy legend Judith Lucy as headline act. Hooray! Featuring special guests Geraldine Quinn and Brett Blake.  Now everybody sing: South of the border, down St Kilda waaaaay.

About Judith Lucy…

Since 1995 Judith Lucy has been performing shows – all of them have been utterly, achingly, ‘provide warnings to asthmatics’ funny. Rivetingly honest, with a gatling gun gag rate – no one sees just one Judith Lucy show. She’s the best-selling author of two devastatingly honest, hilarious books and created two of her own ABC series Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey and Judith Lucy Is All Woman both of which were nominated for Best Light Entertainment series at the AACTA awards.

After being nominated for a third time, Judith became the proud owner of the 2015 Best Comedy Performer Helpmann Award for Ask No Questions of the Moth.

Judith teamed up with good friend Denise Scott and created the critically acclaimed, smash hit stage show Disappointments. Together they won the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s People’s Choice Award, performed a run at London’s Soho Theatre and sold out shows all over Australia.

So basically she is really funny, anyone who sees or reads her agrees and they keep coming back. A simple but effective formula.

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Moulin Beige - Tuesday 7 August
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Moulin Beige - Tuesday 7 August

Appearing as a guest at Moulin Beige, one of Melbourne's most popular vaudeville rooms. Sells out at the drop of a hat, kitchen excellent. Show and Meal Deal: $25 – That’s right! $25 for your ticket AND choose any scrumptious meal from the Wesley Anne Specials Menu.  Please note this deal is available to limited numbers and will sell out, best to book!

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Sunglasses at Night: The 80s Apocalypse Sing Along Cabaret
Jun
15
to Jun 17

Sunglasses at Night: The 80s Apocalypse Sing Along Cabaret

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It's been eight long years, but I'm coming back to Adelaide Cabaret Festival - this time with my big, silly award-winning, 5 star (ArtsHub) Cold War 80s sing along show.

Join me for a crash course in the foggy world of apocalyptic 1980s Cold War pop music excess in an interactive show like no other. Sing along to songs from Spandau Ballet, Ultravox and Bonnie Tyler, and celebrate the most wonderfully intense, moody, and pretentious hits of the era.

Grab your shades and pop your trenchcoat’s collar; you have a date with glamour.

"A gleeful blend of nostalgia, satire and 80s pop. So damn fun!" - Triple RRR

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QUEEN BITCH
Apr
10
to Apr 22

QUEEN BITCH

COMING IN 2018

FLOOD. DISEASE. PENURY. And…DANDENONG. Quinn (The Whovians, Upper Middle Bogan, Spicks & Specks) has had an absolute dog of a run. She was hospitalised—twice—thanks to bad luck and the legacy of a 1986 Xanadu-related roller-skating accident. And then things got worse...and worse....and worse...until a furry little food-hoover came chewing and barking into her tiny ragged house and heart.

Queen Bitch is a new original cabaret about learning when to take crap, when not to take crap, and finding the love in picking up someone else’s crap.

Directed by Geraldine Hickey.

Warning—may contain dog hair

 

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NEON - Circus Oz
Jan
18
to Jan 28

NEON - Circus Oz

Created specifically for Ringwood, NEON is unapologetic, funny, and down right dirty dancing cabaret where circus meets comedy and song in an unforgivably big shoulder pads night out.

Join Australia's iconic Circus Oz under neon lights in the Spiegel Zelt,  as they celebrate everything trashy, glitzy and fabulously tragic about the 1980’s. 

Experience the 80’s in this jam packed 70 minutes of non stop energy, stunning acrobatic and aerial acts, breathtaking feats of circus, with a smattering Flashdance choreography in some rather uncomfortable gym wear.

Featuring an outrageous cast of multitalented circus artists and questionably fashionable MC, NEON is shamelessly inspired by the unforgettable songs, incredible fashion and unbridled optimism of the best decade ever.

It’s oh so tragically wrong, yet so wonderfully right.

*Warning: May contain hazardous levels of hair gel

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