Looking at the dark and magical world of a nineteenth century circus comes the new show, The Carnival of Lost Souls.

Bringing together some of Australia’s best physical entertainers, musicians and singers, this one of a kind ‘circus noir’ combines cabaret, musical theatre and circus to deliver a story that is a mystical journey into the lives of a vintage circus fraternity.

Director and producer of the show, Graham Coupland says the show has been almost 20 years in the making. “The show has parts of my musical background, and a large cabaret influence, but I knew I wanted to have different performers in the show.”

Telling the love story of a Victorian-era circus, Graham says the show is all about the combination of story and performance, in its setting of the Melba Spiegeltent. “A bit like Shakespeare, the story has a love triangle and has all the overarching elements – power struggle and the struggle of one’s place in life, along with the magic and music the show brings.”

Graham says at times the show has no dialogue but has movement and music, filled with the life and personality of each character. He explains in the story, that there is no light without darkness.

“We try to explore in the show –the idea of the light and shadow - and how the stage can illustrate how your life can be falling apart and the audience experience it through the story.”

A combination of story, Victorian gothic and steampunk with acrobats, aerial artists, illusionists, all under the classic Big Top – this is one unmissable show to be remembered long after its season.


Location: Melba Spiegeltent

Dates: 19 – 28 October 2017 (see website for exact dates & times!)

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