Two headlining shows from Australian production company Strut & Fret are bringing stunning aerial acrobatics, sword-swallowing, fire-eating and sexy cabaret to the Brisbane Festival, which kicked off around the city this weekend.
Their first show, Fun House, is an all-ages, interactive circus show that is being performed for the first time features a roster of international talent.
“We’re transforming the South Bank Piazza into a gigantic grown-up playground and inviting the audience in to explore,” Strut & Fret director Scott Maidment said.
He said he wanted to create something big enough to fill the massive Piazza space.
“It’s things you can’t do in a theatre, so there’ll be high-flying stunts, there’ll be an inflatable jumping castle, there’ll be rollerskates, there’ll be motorbikes.
“There’s big aerial stunts, there’s swinging trapeze, there’s tightrope. It’s going to be crazy.”
The second Strut & Fret show, Limbo Unhinged, is an adults-only affair in the same vein as its predecessor LIMBO and last year’s sexy Blanc de Blanc.
Performed in the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent in South Bank during the festival, Limbo Unhinged mixes cabaret, circus, acrobatics, comedy, singing and more. Standout Limbo Unhinged performer Heather Holliday shows off her death-defying sword swallowing and fire breathing abilities.
The 22-day Brisbane Festival will have more than 60 events and 500 performances at venues across the city including QPAC, Brisbane Powerhouse, the Riverstage, the Tivoli, the Southbank Cultural Forecourt, and the South Bank Piazza.
The festival will also mark the 20th anniversary of Riverfire, which will wrap up festivities at the end of the month.
To celebrate the milestone, more than 20 minutes of fireworks will be accompanied by musical memories of the last 20 years, from 1998 right up to the present.
Brisbane Festival runs from September 9-30. For tickets and more information visit the Brisbane Festival website.
(Photos by David Solm and Nathaniel Mason)