As the year winds down, Brisbane Powerhouse comes alive with its annual pre-summer carnival, Wonderland Festival. Let your hair down as you revel in cabaret, comedy and moving music tributes.
“This year is about enhancing the atmosphere we have created previously to deliver a sexy, silly and spectacular carnival takeover,” says Brisbane Powerhouse's Artistic Director Kris Stewart on the weird and wonderful experience that is Wonderland Festival.
Featuring world premieres, shows that have sold out at the nation’s top fringe festivals and delightfully dark comedy and cabaret, this festival encourages you to let loose as the end of the year approaches.
From magic to circus, here are five shows to see at Wonderland Festival.
Lady Sings the Blues: Mama Alto Sings Billie Holiday
When it came to singing, Billie Holiday believed “If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all.” See a tribute to the seminal jazz chanteuse in Lady Sings the Blues – a performance that takes the same name as the 1972 film about Holiday. This powerful tribute explores the triumph, sorrow, life and music of the iconic songstress.
How does he do it? Don’t bother trying to figure it out; just enjoy the ride magician and mentalist Matt Tarrant takes you on in his show Honestly Dishonest. He’s a regular sell-out at Adelaide Fringe Festival, bringing mind reading, sleight of hand and honest dishonesty together in one show.
29 November to 30 December
Happily Ever After
See classic childhood stories turned on their heads in this darkly funny cabaret, Happily Ever After. Storylines ranging from Goldilocks being in charge of three bears and Rapunzel getting a sharp new haircut are mashed with melodies from The Turtles, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lorde, Kurt Vile, Kate Bush and more.
29 November to 1 December
Two Man Tarantino
Two Man Tarantino is set in a video store, where an employee and a customer decide to re-enact all eight Tarantino films. The hilarious hour of comedy and chaos comes from the co-creator of international comedy sensation The Naked Magicians. And be warned: every audience member is a cast member.
29 November to 2 December
This uninhibited show took out Best Circus and Physical Theatre at Adelaide Fringe 2018, and now it’s Brisbane’s turn to see Elixir. Expect a subversive and hilarious storyline of acrobatic scientists attempting to create the elixir of life, enacted through breathtaking acrobatics and on-point comic timing.
29 November to 1 December
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