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Every show is different and can contain a mix of dancers, singers, comedians, spoken word poets, magicians, kapa haka, contortionists, hula hoopists, acro-balancers, mimes, carnies, ner-do-wells, drag queens/kings/inbetweens, and circus characters.


July 2019 at the Wellington Opera House – Photos by Jeff Tollan

On the 27th of July 2019 The Menagerie returned to the Wellington Opera House for a spectacular show. Photos by Jeff Tollan, more from this show on Facebook.

July 2019 at the Wellington Opera House – Photos by Paradox

The Menagerie  on the 27th of July had seaside burlesque, our favourite aunty from Bulls, aerialists, Ben Hurley, mind reading, kapa haka, dance, drag, a mermaid, bubbles, hula hoops, comedy and loads more. Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

June 2019 at the Isaac Theatre Royal

The Menagerie partnered with prolific Christchurch producer Tim Bain to bring our first show outside of Wellington. The Isaac theatre Royal was glorious, and the talented performers down there were magical. Photos by Erik Norder, more from this show on Facebook.

November 2018 at the Fringe Bar

Our last show at The Fringe Bar! Eli Joseph put on a great show chocka-block with talent. Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

September 2018 at the Fringe Bar

Our magical guest producer Hadassah Grace bought together a fantastic night of drag, comedy, pole. mystery, song, burlesque, magic, te Reo, poetry, and funk. Photographer Jeff Tollan was there to catch the moments. More photos from this show on Facebook.

July 2018 at Wellington Opera House, photos by Jeff Tollan

We got a chance to perform with a rear projector, and see what else we could do with the larges theatre stage in the southern hemisphere. Photos from the stalls level were by Jeff Tollan, more from this show on Facebook.

July 2018 at Wellington Opera House, photos by Paradox Photography

We went back to the incredible Wellington Opera House for a second time, it’s such a pleasure to take our crazy, kooky wee show and expand it out to fill the magnificent stage. Photos from the circle level were by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

May 2018 at the Fringe Bar

Brielle Williams and Eli Joseph put together a fantastic show of 9 amazing acts and a whistling MC, to create a wild journey. Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

March 2018 at the Fringe Bar

A fabulous line up came together for one night only of joy, entertainment, delight and Jesus Christ doing a Lorde impression. Crystal Hart from Lioness photography was there to catch the weirdness. More photos from this show on Facebook.

January 2018 at the Fringe Bar

We kicked the year off in amazing fashion – or that’s at least what our Fashionista told us. We had a super night with the dear Pamela Hancock leading us through our fantastic performers. Brielle Williams and Eli Joseph co-guest-produced this show. More photos from this show on Facebook.

November 2017 at the Fringe Bar

The last show of 2017 ended on a high note with dazzling MC Kelly Fornia & Leo Valor hosting the show. There were teens, coy burlesque, dramatic stripping, moving poetry, hat juggling, beautiful music and song, sassy hooping and witty stand up. Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

October 2017 at the Fringe Bar: Halloween

One halloweeny night, two pole dancers, two stage hands, two techs, two Billy T Award Nominated comedians, two drag kings, two quick change artists, one mind reader, one burlesque boy and a three-person band. Guest produced by Joel Wood. What a night! Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

September 2017 at the Fringe Bar

Guest producer Eli Joseph put together a fabulous show with high levels of oddities and absurdities. From puppet picnicking, to poetry and penises (in songs and juggled). Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

The Menagerie Deluxe at the Wellington Opera House, photos by Gareth Bradley Photographic

We bought contemporary dance, vaudeville, poetry, contortion, burlesque, circus, kapa haka, alien percussion, comedy, drag, magic, and of course opera to the Wellington Opera House. These photos are from Gareth Bradley. More photos from this show on Facebook.

The Menagerie at the Wellington Opera House, photos by Paradox Photography

On Saturday the 2nd of September 2017, The Menagerie variety show took to the big stage at the Opera House, Wellington. It was incredible, 16 acts and 60 performers enjoyed a giant stage in a beautiful historical building. Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

July 2017 at the Fringe Bar

Hadassah Grace guest produced a brilliant show that ranged from poetry, burlesque, pole, dance, song, comedy, beatboxing, and pure joy. Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

June 2017 at the Fringe Bar

As Matariki was rising we bought together a selection of wonderful performers, all with fabulous and diverse acts expressing myriad talents. We particularly loved the three totally different takes on Matariki season from three amazing wāhine. Photos by Rachel Rouge, more from this show on Facebook.

May 2017 at the Fringe Bar

Master of Crumpets, Matt Powell turned the May Menagerie into a degustation menu full of surprises. The line up was filled with tastes for every palate, from poignant poetry and sideshow tricks to a Pat Benetar fuelled clown finale! Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

April 2017 at the Fringe Bar: Deaf accessible show

A fantastic show that was deaf accessible with NZ Sign Language and non-audio-dependant acts. Our MC Saran Goldie-Anderson spoke NZSL & English simultaneously throughout the evening! Photos by Felix Desmarais, more from this show on Facebook.

March 2017 at the Fringe Bar

The March Menagerie, hosted by Feather Unsure, had a stellar line up including a Canadian talking about sausage sizzles, a shimmering soprano, a dose of magic and a drag king debut, amongst many more! Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

February 2017 at the Fringe Bar

We went topsy turvy, we had an award winning comedian singing the blues, the burlesque producer taking photos, a glitter dominatrix telling stories, another brilliant comedian singing songs and a contemporary dancer hosting the whole show. Photos by Rachel Rouge, more from this show on Facebook.

January 2017 at the Fringe Bar

A delightful night of drag, music, Finnish burlesque, tribal bellydance, feminist poetry, joy and queerness. Donald Trump was also there. Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

November 2016 at the Fringe Bar

Guest producer Eli Joseph put together a special 3rd birthday line up bringing back all his favourite acts and performers. Photos by Natasha Halliday Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

October 2016 at the Fringe Bar: Halloween

Halloween hit The Fringe Bar with a dark line up of vaudeville, burlesque, drag, sideshow, music and poetry. Produced by Harlow Lestrange. Photos by Natasha Halliday Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

September 2016 at the Fringe Bar

A fabulous spring night brought together a never-to-be-repeated night of entertainment with some very fine performers. Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

August 2016 at the Fringe Bar

All sorts of variety entertainment genres and worlds of wonder came together for one night of compelling weirdness. Photos by Natasha Halliday Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

July 2016 at the Fringe Bar

A magical night of song, surprises, sequins, stand up, satire, and silks. A show produced by Eli Joseph. Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

June 2016 at the Fringe Bar

An adorable alien, costume-changing drag MC, plate spinning, crazy magic and acro-balance, sexy stand up and sexy poetry, produced by Harlow Lestrange. Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.

May 2016 at the Fringe Bar

A wonderful night of magic, music, mein herr, medical awkwardness, madness, wonder, wordsmithery, time warping, wisdom, and wickedness. Photos by Paradox Photography, more from this show on Facebook.