The piazza of Leichardt’s Italian Forum has been transformed for the world premiere season of Spiegel’esque, billed as “a theatrical cabaret sensation”.
Presented by Vass Productions and Kermond Creative, Spiegel’esque is a vaudevillian spectacle, showcasing the talents of song and dance man Wayne Scott Kermond (here assuming the persona of ‘Vayne’, our German host for the evening) and a team of eight multi-talented performers.
The action is all played out in the art nouveau Spiegel Zelt (Dutch for ‘mirror tent’), a 97-year-old fully transportable theatre and the smallest spiegeltent in the world. The theatre has all of its original fixtures and fittings, including mirror-lined walls and stained glass windows and roof drapes. Upon entering the venue, there is a palpable, genuine sense of being whisked away to another era, when the entertainment on the cards for Spiegel’esque was truly in vogue. The aging Spiegel Zelt feels immersed in history and well worn, having housed a vast volume of theatrical experiences over the past century.
Spiegel’esque is a show that promises an evening that combines cabaret, circus, comedy and burlesque, and it’s certainly all there. As MC ‘Vayne’, Kermond is endearing and highly entertaining, quickly winning over the opening night audience. His engagement with individual audience members leaves you simultaneously amused and squirming, grateful not to be the subject of those interactions. His energy is unwavering, and his movement around the space is constant.
The cast of Spiegel’esque showcases some enviable dance abilities across the two-act piece. There’s jazz, there’s tap, a spot of Irish dancing, and an appropriately exuberant rendition of the cancan. All dance content is executed with strength and great skill by versatile cast members. The standout moments, however, came in the form of acrobatic routines performed firstly on a pole, then later on silks, by two especially agile gymnasts. It’s these moments that often leave the lasting impression in any theatrical presentation encompassing circus aspects.
As an entire piece, Spiegel’esque is well paced, each individual act not lingering on a moment more than it should, and comedic elements are suitably woven throughout the entire evening.
Spiegel’esque offers those who attend a night of pure entertainment. In a year characterised by tumultuous events at home and across the globe, it’s important to have entertainment like Spiegel’esque that facilitates an opportunity for patrons to leave real life at the door and engage in an experience that has the sole purpose of entertaining and amusing. Head to Leichardt for a good meal, some drinks and cap off the evening with a performance of Spiegel’esque. It really is fun.
SPIEGEL’ESQUE – SEASON DETAILS
Venue: Spiegel Zelt, Italian Forum Piazza, 23 Norton St, Leichhardt
Season: Now until 15 January 2017
Performance Times Wed-Sat 7pm and 9pm, Sun 5pm
Prices: From $49.90* / Private Booth (seats up to 6) from $250*
Bookings: ticketek.com.au or 132 849
Group Bookings 1300 364 001
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