Nestled somewhere between the madness of a Tim Burton psychosis and the darkness of a David Lynch nightmare, The Carnival of Lost Souls makes its world debut at the Melba Spiegeltent 11 – 12 November 2016 – telling the tragic tale of unrequited love and loss, set amongst the mayhem and splendour of a 19th Century Circus.
Featuring some of Australia’s best physical entertainers, musicians & singers, this Circus Noir spectacle delivers a twisted bent on the familiar Circus, Musical Theatre and Cabaret genres and has been developed specifically to play in Spiegeltents on the International Festival Circuits.
The Carnival of Lost Souls takes the audience on a mystical and atmospheric journey into the dark heart of a vintage Circus fraternity where nothing is as it seems. From the breathtaking thrill of world-class acrobats, jugglers, magicians, aerial and carnival performers to the deeply moving musical soundscape and songs, the underlying tale of desire and betrayal plays out amidst the tableau of the classic Big Top.
Featuring Victorian Gothic and Steampunk inspired costuming and stage design, combined with moody and evocative lighting, a magical world comes alive where the line between life and death, absolute and obscure, real and unreal is truly blurred. Not until the final act, will the audience, nor the characters for that matter, know that they are eternally cast as players in The Carnival of Lost Souls…
Artistic Director: Terence O’Connell Featuring: Farhad Ahadi, Circus Trick Tease, Graham Coupland, Anthony Craig, Shannon McGurgan, Aurora Kurth, Madotti & Vegas (Julia Madotti & Richard Vegas), This Side Up, Hannah Trott, Caz Walsh Choreographer: Yvette Lee Writer & Producer: Graham Coupland Music: Platonic Lighting Design: Jason Bovaird Costume Design: Clockwork Butterfly
The Carnival of Lost Souls
The Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood
Performances: 11 – 12 November 2016
Information and Bookings: www.carnivaloflostsouls.com
Image: The Carnival of Lost Souls (supplied)