The Big Idea has written a lovely feature on Hadassah Grace who will be reciting poetry at The Menagerie Deluxe in the Wellington Opera House on the 2nd of September.
Read the full article here: https://www.thebigidea.nz/stories/hadassah-grace-the-power-of-storytelling
Hadassah Grace in The Big Idea
We’ve put together a little video to give you an idea about the sorts of things you might see in the Menagerie Deluxe at the Wellington Opera House on the 2nd of September. Tickets are on sale at Ticketek.
Sugar and spice, and all things nice… and naughty make up a variety spectacular coming to Wellington. The Menagerie Deluxe combines burlesque, circus acts, opera singers, jazz vocalists, drag queens, and comedians in a show that celebrates the weird and wonderful. Producer Rachel Rouge discuses vaudeville, starting small, and how her own colourful past has helped bring the show to life.
Listen to the full interview here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/concert/programmes/upbeat/audio/201852296/celebrating-the-weird-and-wonderful
The Menagerie producer Rachel Rogue Photo: David Hamilton
We thought we’d get know the performers of The Menagerie Deluxe a little better. Rachel Rouge is asking them all the same 5 questions. You can find all the videos on YouTube here.
Here’s a small selection
Hannah Tasker-Poland (part one)
Episode 6, season 2 of the Guy Cater show features Menagerie producer Rachel Rouge. the Guy Cater Show has interviews with prominent New Zealand variety entertainers.
Here’s the full episode:
The GAG drag collective showcased their fabulous range of styles and talents at Waitangi Park for Out in the Park as part of Wellington Pride Festival – Tū whakahīhī e Te Whanganui-ā-Tara.
They’ll be bringing a version of this act to The Menagerie Deluxe on the 2nd of September at the Wellington Opera House. Tickets from Ticketek.
The Menagerie is celebrating a very special occasion at the end of this month. Saturday 26 marks the show’s third birthday at The Fringe Bar.
Since 2013 the Menagerie has hosted everything from acrobats and burlesque acts, through to glass-eaters and xylophonists. Rouge has become a regular figure at live entertainment across the capital, always on the search for the new, unusual and bizarre acts.
“There have been hundreds of never-to-be-repeated moments that I felt privileged to be experiencing” says Rouge. “We aim with every show to deliver something memorable. We had one show when all the stage lights blew, and the comedian had to finish their set under the lights of mobile phones. Our technician Belle sorted everything out while the next act stood behind the curtain dressed as a martini glass.”
“There have been surreal moments, like when (Scottish sword swallower) Rachel Atlas warned me, ‘Don’t hand me the mic while I’m standing on the tesla coil. We’ll all be electrocuted’.“
The Menagerie will be celebrating with a ‘Best Of’ line up curated by Menagerie main-stay Eli Joesph. Eli is bringing back crowd favourites, and some exceptionally unusual acts. Alongside internationally performing clowns and aerialists, audiences can also expect prize winning comedians and burlesque dancers. Plus a performance from Rachel Rouge herself.
“Every show is different, and every part of every show is different. Our main goal every time is to entertain. We aspire to deliver the kind of show that has at least one act that really hits you in the heart, the kind of performance you’re still thinking about a week later.”
The Menagerie’s third birthday is on at the Fringe Bar, Saturday 26th November. Tickets available from eventfinder.co.nz or on the night.
Special *Best Of* show by Eli Joseph: Saturday the 26th of November, 8pm at The Fringe bar, Wellington