The Menagerie Deluxe featured on RadioNZ’s Upbeat

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:

The Menagerie producer Rachel Rogue Photo: David Hamilton

The Menagerie producer Rachel Rogue Photo: David Hamilton

3rd Birthday *Best Of* show for Wellington’s Weirdest

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 or on the night.

Special *Best Of* show by Eli Joseph: Saturday the 26th of November, 8pm at The Fringe

Special *Best Of* show by Eli Joseph: Saturday the 26th of November, 8pm at The Fringe bar, Wellington