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The Menagerie Variety Show 2018

Sat Jul 28th, 2018

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Welcome to an evening celebrating the odd, intriguing & strangely compelling.

The Menagerie Variety Show is returning to the Wellington Opera House on Saturday the 28th of July for a whole new one-night-only spectacular of epic proportions.

Spawned from Wellington’s regular variety night, The Menagerie, this is the second annual Variety Show at the Wellington Opera House - aiming to take burlesque, cabaret, circus and more to the masses. “It’s like The Muppets meets The Royal Variety Performance, but fresher, weirder, more risqué and heaps more Kiwi”, says The Menagerie Producer Rachel Rogue.

Our 2018 offering includes a mix of dancers (Bandolier Masters, Les Folies de L’Amour, Mapihi Kelland), singers (Emma Wollum, AJ Te Aho), comedians (Zane & Degg, Alexander Sparrow), a slam poet (Duncan Hope), magician (Mr Lola Illusion), contortionist (Jackson Cordery), burlesque diva (Bonita Danger Doll), drag kings/queens (Hugo Grrrl & Eve Envy), spectacular circus (Imogen Stone, Victor Victorious) and general ner-do-wells (MC Matt Powell, and more) in our line-up of 16 excellent acts and experiences.

“New Zealand has loads of incredible talent, this show brings some the best and most diverse entertainment with 16 acts and over 60 performers coming together for one never-to-be-repeated, and never-to-be-forgotten night.” says Rouge.

We can’t wait to show the magic this talented team brings to the Opera House stage.

The Menagerie Variety Show 2018

AJ Te Aho - soulful songstress honouring Te Ao Māori through song
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Alexander Sparrow - comedian and World Top 10 Donald Trump impersonator
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Bandolier Masters - New Zealand’s current Marching Masters Champion Team
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Miss Bonita Danger Doll - femme fatale and burlesque sensation
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Duncan Hope - eloquent slam poet speaking truth to society

Emma Wollum - award-winning amusing accordionist with a feminist twist
Emma Wollum on YouTube:

Hugo Grrrl and Eve Envy - drag duo extraordinaire bring camp and comedy

Imogen Stone - strong and stunning aerialist flies above the stage

Jackson Cordery - contemporary contortionist with new creature creation

Les Folies de L'amour - scintillating burlesque troupe sparkle with glamour

Mr Lola Illusion - professional show-off brings magic and fun

Mapihi Kelland - homegrown contemporary dance focusing on identity, lineage and whakapapa.

Matt Powell - our suave and spontaneous MC

Victor Victorious - beloved Menagerie mascot takes to the heights for aerial on silk ropes

Zane & Degg - hilarious award-winning brother juggle and entertain

Tickets are now available at Ticketmaster

acoustic/solo, alternative, country/folk, Les Folies de L'amour, Emma Wollum, Bandolier Masters, AJ Te Aho

Louis Baker

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