The Brag

Sydney Festival: Smoke & Mirrors (Spiegeltent)

In Brag 346 (January 25), Sydney Festival 2010, Theatre Reviews on January 28, 2010 at 11:34 am

The Famous Spiegeltent
Smoke & Mirrors
Runs til January 31.

Smoke & Mirrors might just be the highlight of this year’s Sydney Festival. So far all the festival talk has been of Hamlet, but on its opening night, this “Aussie La Clique,” specially produced to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Famous Spiegeltent, left the crowd in an awed frenzy.

Part vaudeville, part fantasy, this twisted circus seduces you into the atmosphere of the Spiegeltent, taking you on a fantastic journey of music, magic and acrobats, with an eclectic troupe of talent that includes some of Australia’s best cabaret, circus and music performers.

The physical side of the theatre is breathtaking, but the show is stolen
by actor/musician iOTA who, pending DNA tests, could conceivably be the love child of David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Supported by the wonderful Smoke & Mirrors band, the über-talented rocker prowls around the stage with wit, showmanship and a voice that penetrates the haze of the tent..

Collaborating once again after the award-winning Hedwig and the Angry Inch, director Craig Ilott and iOTA have created something special, that is the pick of the festival so far, so step right up and let Smoke & Mirrors guide you on a unforgettable journey through the history of the Famous Spiegeltent.

Michael Storey


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