Velvet Rewired

AAR-SOH-Velvet-Rewired-featureA glittering spectacle of circus, cabaret and a love-letter to disco, Velvet Rewired will be presented in the Opera House Studio from 22 December 2022 – 12 February 2023.

Premiering at the 2020 Adelaide Fringe festival to glowing reviews, Velvet Rewired continues the story of a young man on his path to self-discovery as he returns to the club seeking redemption.

The fabulous Marcia Hines (Jesus Christ Superstar, HAIR) reprises her role from the hit-show Velvet as the “Diva”. Craig Reid (La Clique, La Soirée) returns as the incredible “Hula Boy” and Joe Accaria (Once, Dream Lover) as the DJ and mix-master.

Rounding out the cast is performer and TV presenter Tom Sharah (It’s Raining Me, I Will Survive on Channel 10) as “Country Mike”, Dutch skating duo Pierre and Stef The Skating Willers (La Clique), London based aerialist Beau Sargent (JPG Fashion Freak Show), aerialist Harley Timmermans (Babylon), and the vocal power of Jacinta Gulisano (The Voice 2018) and Sasha Lee Saunders as the “Sirens”.

To the hedonistic tunes of perpetual anthems like Ain’t No Body (Chaka Khan and Rufus), It’s Raining Men (The Weather Girls) and Born to Be Alive (Patrick Hernandez), Velvet Rewired pays homage to disco greats and New York’s Studio 54, the infamous club synonymous with a celebration of cultural acceptance, glitter and disco.

“We were very disappointed when the COVID-19 lockdown meant we had to postpone Velvet Rewired in 2021, but I’m thrilled we can now announce the new dates,” said Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Ebony Bott.

“I am so excited to invite audiences back for a celebration of the glitz and glamour of the disco era with the queen of disco herself, Marcia Hines, along with an incredibly talented young cast. Expect an electric night of circus, burlesque and cabaret that will give audiences a dose of feel-good disco fever,” said Bott.

Directed by Craig Ilott (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Love Song), Velvet Rewired is a seamless integration of acrobatics, aerialists and vocalists who deliver a performance drenched in high energy and dizzying nostalgia. Ilott directed the original Velvet that premiered at the Opera House in 2015.

Velvet has left behind glitter and good vibes after more than 1200 performances in some of the world’s biggest fringe festivals including Adelaide and Edinburgh, in cruise ships in the Caribbean, and theatres in Germany, France and Italy.

The creative team is completed by Amy Campbell (Choreographer), James Browne (Set and Costume Designer) and Matthew Marshall (Lighting Designer).

“If you’ve seen Velvet before, you’ll want to see it again. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s about time you did.” -InDaily

Velvet Rewired
Studio – Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
Season: 22 December 2022 – 12 February 2023
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Image: Velvet Rewired (supplied)