Velvet Helmet is Brisbane's foremost underground fringe cabaret, hosting soirees of decadent delights every second Wednesday of the month at the New Globe Theatre, Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. The shows are lavishly themed with artists exploring comedy, tragedy, burlesque, cabaret, circus, poetry and an eclectic mix of live music.
In the middle of Ekka week (on the public holiday) Wednesday August 12, Velvet Helmet will present a Carnival of Unearthly Creatures, with acclaimed creative producer and provocateur, Eloise Maree as Mistress of Ceremonies. The evening promises to be a saucy cavort through the flashy lights of side show alley. The fun house of festivities will be full to overflowing with emerging local artists peddling their talents for your amusement and applause.
Be swept up as Melon the Human amazes you with his jaw dropping, eye popping, hair raising, contortion and manipulation magic. Thomas Stewart as Melon will channel Sun Wukong - the staff wielding Monkey King – because he can, because he is HUMAN.
Pain Proof Pixie (Rebekah Yeo) will cast a spell of fairy floss glamour as she twists and twines classic sideshow acts with her theatrical artistry and lush costumes, all served with a sprinkling of pixie dust.
In Sideshow Alley, the Twisted Travellers explore Butoh styled circus acts described as manipulating, magical and grotesque.
Twisted Travellers - Image from website
Finally you're invited to weave a while with Ariel and their lush sounds. With their theatrical style and cabaret contralto they will take you to the dizzy heights of the big top and let you float to the sawdust below … all without a safety net.