The slapstick comical burlesque circus comes to town
The spectacular EMPIRE by Spiegelworld opened in Melbourne last night, leaving the Crown Rooftop awash with sequins, bubbles and circus magic as audiences were left captivated by Spiegel's mind-blowing new show
Audience members first arrive at Crown's roof top bar selling a selection of alcoholic drinks with magnificent views of Melbourne's city skyline before entering the world of Spiegel; a circular amphitheatre filled with wooden chairs, seated booths and a limited selection of seated cocktail tables. (seat prices vary).
As the centre curtain unveils, the hilarious 'husband and wife' MC's Oscar and Fanny begin the show with slapstick humour and ridiculously quick yet tantalising costume changes (expect full front nudity!). As these two hit the stage dropping F bomb's and sexual jokes within the first few minutes, this sets the adult tone for the show.
Acts begin and the audience is left wowed by a beautiful contortionist performing in a bubble above the stage, an acrobatic human balancing act, an unbelievable roller skating spinning duo, the aforementioned pig-tailed Japanese dude spinning in hoops, and the breath-taking finale, an intense and mesmerising stick and feather balancing act that ends with a standing ovation.
Oscar and Fanny's antics continue throughout the show, selecting crowd members to take part in their raunchy comedy acts with one sketch involving the consumption of a banana, leaving spectating folk red faced and giggling.
The statuesque Miss Purple's strikingly beautiful voice heads EMPIRE's toe-tapping in-house musical entertainment, accompanied by Moondog's electric guitar, setting the stage for each act.
EMPIRE by Spiegelworld is outrageously daring, breathtakingly beautiful, downright hilarious and a little bit naughty. A burlesque circus cabaret performance that pushes every boundary, and keeps everyone on their toes.
Spiegelworld's EMPIRE has set up camp on the Crown Rooptop for 5 weeks, with performances scheduled until 11 May 2014. If you can get hold of tickets, please do, this is an extraordinarily in-your-face circus performance comparable to no other show you will see. Tickets can be booked here.