Spiegeltent extravaganza to cast its spell on Hobart

INTERNATIONALLY renowned cabaret and burlesque performers, circus acrobatics, variety shows and a wide spectrum of musical talent are among the attractions set to wow spectators at this year’s instalment of Spiegeltent Hobart.

Presented by Strut & Fret Production House in association with Ten Days on the Island, the 2017 program kicked off on 9 March with a free evening of entertainment, including a premiere performance by headline act, the award-winning ARIA nominated show Velvet, pictured above.

Organisers are expecting big crowds and even bigger laughs with the announcement of an impressive collection of national comedy heavy weights to descend on the Princes Wharf No.1 forecourt.

Among these is five-time winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and host of ABC TV’s “Gruen”, Wil Anderson, with his new show, “Critically Will”.

Other comedic highlights include Tassie local Luke McGregor – Australia’s “favourite awkward”, “Whose Line is it Anyway” star Tommy Little, YouTube sensation The Axis of Awesome, multi-award winning entertainer Tom Ballard and festival favourites Hannah Gadsby, Tom Gleeson and Charlie Pickering.

Lior and Paul Grabowsky will be making their musical debut, along with former Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons front man, Joe Camilleri, who will be bringing his classic sax sound back to the travelling tent with his band, The Black Sorrows.

The tunes will continue with ARIA Award nominated band The Wilson Pickers, golden girl Beccy Cole, who joins forces with acclaimed jazz artist Libby O’Donovan in The Cowgirl and The Showgirl, Things of Stone and Wood, artists Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp, and musical comedy trio The Kransky Sisters, who will whip up a storm with their show, “Piece of Cake”.

Taking the tempo up a notch will be Djuki Mala (“Chooky Dancer”) presenting their high-energy and unique fusion of traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop-culture, dance and storytelling.

Meanwhile Kevin Quantum, Scotland’s magician-scientist hybrid, and his striking light-based illusions will be sure to captivate.

When: 9 March – 1 April 2017

Where: PW1. Castray Esplanade, Hobart.

Tickets: Selling fast! Check online at www.spiegeltenthobart.com

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