Spiegeltent on way to city

GIRL ON FIRE: Performer Heather Holliday unleashes a fiery blast in LIMBO.

The Spiegeltent is preparing to debut in Geelong with a stellar line-up of hand-picked circus, comedy, cabaret, music and dance ensembles in late May and June, promoters have announced.

Audiences could expect to experience the dizzying heights and death-defying acts of the award-winning, sword-swallowing, fire-breathing, acrobatic international cast of headline act LIMBO, the promoters said.

LIMBO has sold out shows from London to Auckland and dozens of cities in between. Global star Madonna has been counted among the act’s fans after seeing its show twice.

The brains behind LIMBO, Scott Maidment, became a creative advisor for Madonna on her tour when the music megastar tracked him down after seeing the show.

Maidment’s group, Strut & Fret, which performs LIMBO, has combined theatre, circus and aerial spectacle since 1997.

Also on the bill is the performer who inspired Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Carlotta, who will perform her latest show at Spiegeltent on 12 June.

The Queen of the Cross would take her audience on an” outrageously funny and brutally honest whirlwind ride” with stories from 50 years on and off the stage, the promoters said.

With the accompaniment of Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths on piano, Carlotta will sing classics by Berlin, Rogers and Hart, Sondheim and “dear friend” Peter Allen.

Indigenous dance group Djuki Mala will also appear on stage at the Spiegeltent with a fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling on 14 and 15 June.

Australian comedic favourites Judith Lucy, Tom Gleeson, Tom Ballard and Joel Creasey would have crowds laughing out loud throughout June, the promoters said.

On 8 June Lucy will reflect on her dating history and asks whether she should “shut up shop at 50”.

Hard Chat host and Logie kingmaker Gleeson will take the Spiegeltent stage with Joy on 13 June.

Former Tonightly presenter Tom Ballard will appear in his show, Enough, on 21 June while fabulous Take Me Out host Joel Creasey will present DRINK. SLAY. REPEAT in the tent on 22 June.

Famous musicians set to appear include Australian artists Rene Geyer on 9 June, Killing Heidi lead singer Elle Hooper on 16 June, and Kate Ceberano on 20 June.

The promoters said a fully-licenced pop-up bar would serve pre-show drinks while Gyoza Records would cook up snacks to tempt showgoers’ tastebuds.

The big-top Spiegeltent will be in Geelong’s Johnstone Park from Thursday until 23 June.

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