VELVET | Adelaide | 12 February 2016
After sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe, Brisbane Festival and the Sydney Opera House the standout show from last year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival – VELVET – returns home for a strictly limited season in February 2016.
When young ingénue (Brendan Maclean) slips behind the red velvet rope at the glamorous nightclub that is VELVET, he encounters dazzling acrobatics, disco divas, seductive chanteuses and a hot, pulsating atmosphere. It changes him and empowers him! The performance follows his seduction and his transformation.
Director Craig Ilott has created a hedonistic world, pitting dazzling acrobatics against disco divas as this sexy, spectacular, sparkling and slightly sadomasochistic show channels the original Studio 54 nightclub. Singer/songwriter Brendan Maclean again heads the cast in this party like no other, alongside an international ensemble of circus, cabaret and music talent: dreamy muscle man Stephen Williams, hula boy extraordinaire Craig Reid, acrobatic wunderkind Mirko Köckenberger, sizzling aerialist Emma Goh, sassy sirens Chaska Halliday and Rechelle Mansour, musical director and mix master Joe Accaria and the legendary diva Marcia Hines.
VELVET is a party. It’s exhilarating disco soundtrack never lets up from the opening moment. Each performance invites the audience into an intoxicating glitterball world where the performers and the audience walk the fine line between the romantic and the audacious. VELVET is a fantastic sensory overload – funky, fresh, fun and sexy.
“This trip to Boogie Wonderland is a gold-plated hit.” – The London Times, UK
“VELVET completely redefines cabaret as a disco inferno … shocks, surprises and scintillates at every turn. Each and every act had the audience roaring with delight.” – The Advertiser
“A winning mix of nostalgia, dance music and circus twizz.” – Sydney Morning Herald
“One of the most exciting, engrossing and intelligent pieces of theatre I’ve seen this year.” – Daily Review
Get a taste of VELVET here: https://youtu.be/wjw9ubmIpXg