Welcome back to another year of variety show oddities

After a December break, Wellington’s monthly variety show The Menagerie is back. Director Rachel Rouge and her team have 11 completely new incredible shows for 2016. There’s a different show on the last Saturday of every month (except December) at The Fringe Bar.

Rouge has curated a strong line up with dance, contact juggling, magic, comedy, opera, puppetry, hula hoops, contemporary dance, music and more. “I’m really excited about the puppetry from Jon Coddington. He’s the puppet-maker for the award winning marionette show Puppet Fiction, but for The Menagerie he’s performing a vignette from his upcoming Fringe show Dorge’s ABCDS&M. His puppets will be doing things you don’t normally see puppets do.” says Rouge.

To bring together her bounteous company of diverse acts, Rouge attends as many live performance events as she can. “I go to poetry readings, stand up gigs, circus events, burlesque and cabaret shows, whatever I can.” Rouge feels that the work she puts into scouting really pays off in putting together a quality line up for The Menagerie audiences.

“I look for unusual and talented acts, but most of all, acts need to be absolutely entertaining. Any act that I’m still thinking about the next day goes onto my wish list.”

The Menagerie January show takes place on the 30th of January, at 8pm, at The Fringe Bar (26 Allen Street). Tickets are $30, available through Eventfinder. Or for $30 cash on the door.

Show is at 8pm at The Fringe bar, Wellington, Saturday the 30th of February
Show is at 8pm at The Fringe bar, Wellington, Saturday the 30th of February

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