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KooKoo the Bird Girl by Sarah Houbolt

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Freelance writer, traveller, foodie and graphic designer living at the gateway of the Yarra Valley and Melbourne's green belt suburbs.. www.mokocreative.com https://www.instagram.com/nekoburro/
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Expect to be entertained and shocked, emotions will go wild
The original Koo Koo bird girl


Sarah Houbolt bears a striking resemblance to the original Koo-Koo bird girl.. A side show circus performer who both shocked and entertained audiences well into her 80's.

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Sarah's performance of Koo Koo the bird girl


Minnie was "rescued" from a mental asylum and was referred to as Minnie Ha Ha in her sideshow entertainment career.

She suffered from a rare congenital growth skeletal disorder called Virchow-Seckel syndrome, which caused her to have a very short stature, a small head, a narrow bird-like face with a beak-like nose, large eyes with an antimongoloid slant. Bald, toothless, and either completely blind or very short-sighted. She would appear in a Native Indian American costume and speak gibberish.

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People with rare medical conditions where seen as freaks and science experiments


Part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival and now showing at the Northcote Town Hall, it's a bizarre and uncanny account of Minnie Woolseys life as a circus performer and entertainer..

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Circus performance, with a surprise act!


Sarah steps into her shoes and re interprets the scenes from the original movie called Freaks a controversial film which was released in 1932 but was banned for 30 years.

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Sarah's performance of Koo Koo the bird girl


If your looking for an interesting and haunting performance full of bizarre oddities, be sure to shocked, delighted and entertained by going along to see Sarah Houbout's interpretation of Minnie Haha, Koo-Koo the bird girl.
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Why? Sarah brings you a haunting, captivating, visceral experience of the beauty of difference in this one woman show. Expect circus narrative, skills and a heartfelt connection to a hidden past.
When: Now
Where: Northcote Town Hall, 184 High St, Northcote
Cost: $28, concession available at $25
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