Velvet Marcia Hines & Brendan Macelan - photo by Sam OsterCompletely redefining cabaret as a disco inferno that shocks, surprises and scintillates at every turn, iconic disco diva and ARIA Hall of Famer, Marcia Hines joins an international cast of cabaret and musical talent to bring Velvet to the Brisbane Festival from 16 September 2015 at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

One of the most anticipated new shows on the global festival circuit, award-winning Smoke & Mirrors director Craig Ilott takes audiences on an electrifying trip to ‘70s disco glamour and abandon. Fuelled by funky beats, skilled performers present a dazzling show of combustible energy and create a disco inferno.

Velvet is a dizzying trip through dangerous acts of abandon, dance and live vocals, set in a glamorous nightclub complete with a pulsating discotheque soundtrack. The show weaves a subtle narrative around reimagined classic hits, lacing the night with nods to the excess of the 1970s.

Marcia Hines will perform alongside hugely popular singer/songwriter, Brendan Maclean (The Great Gatsby), hoola-boy extraordinaire Craig Reid, New Orleans Burlesque Queen Perle Noire, dreamy muscle-man and La Soirée headliner Stephen Williams, and Smoke & Mirrors alumnus Mix-Master, Joe Accaria.

Brisbane Festival Artistic Director David Berthold said Velvet would take audiences straight to the disco era in a fun, sexy and highly entertaining performance.

Velvet was the hit of Adelaide Fringe Festival and I expect Brisbane audiences will embrace it,” said Mr Berthold. “It will turn Brisbane Powerhouse into a nightclub of flashy lights, disco balls, sequined costumes, astounding vocals and acrobatics, and a soundtrack you cannot help but dance to.”

“VELVET is an absolute must-see. If you’ve a penchant for disco, sequins, or a damn good show, look no further. Just leave your inhibitions at the door.” – Rip It

Director: Craig Ilott  Cast: Marcia Hines, Brendan Maclean, Joe Accaria, Chaska Halliday, Rechelle Mansour, Stephen Williams, Craig Reid, Perle Noire, Emma Goh, Mirko Kockenberger  Choreographer: Lucas Newland  Lighting Designer: Matt Marshall  Set and Costume Design: James Browne  Producer: Virginia Hyam

Powerhouse Theatre – Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Season: 16 – 26 September 2015
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Image: Marcia Hines & Brendan Macelan – photo by Sam Oster