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By Hilary Simmons
April 26, 2011
By Hilary Simmons
April 26, 2011

By turns brassy and classy, exotic and demotic, exquisite and coarse, malevolent and melancholy, the extraordinary phenomenon that is Smoke & Mirrors will return to the Seymour Centre for one final season. Presented by Lunar Hare Productions, described as "rock 'n' roll cabaret with a scorching live band," Smoke & Mirrors sold out at Sydney Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It's a breathtaking vaudeville fantasy; a glorious melange of physical spectacle, pantomime characters and strobe lights.

Supported by a four-piece band, the curious cast of characters includes a red-ruffed ringmaster, a twisted chanteuse, a sublime aerialist, a mesmerising magician and some giant, gambolling bunnies. It's a sexy jounce through Edwardian music halls; a theatrical knees-up to centuries past. It teases out the myriad yearnings and dangers of modern sexual relations through saucy songs and balancing acts, transforming them into an artful cabaret turn.

Smoke & Mirrors is a lushly disturbing piece of theatre that was one of The Famous Spiegel Garden’s headline shows. Go see it at the Seymour Centre before it disappears in an exquisite puff of smoke.


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