The Dream Menagerie

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‘A riotous rambunctious ride…heart warming, hilarious, decidely odd and unashamedly good fun.’  – SCENE MAGAZINE

‘A confetti drenched dreamscape where things inside the Speigeltent are meant to be seen and not believed. Visually sumptuous and guaranteed to be expertly performed every night.’  – AUSTRALIAN STAGE

‘Reminds you how much fun the simple things can be. A riot…Its own kind of genius.’  – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

Shakespeare in a Spiegeltent?  Tod Browning’s infamous 1932 movie Freaks live on stage?

Welcome to the magical world of The Dream Menagerie.  Believe what you see, for you’ll never see what you believe.

Strut & Fret Production House invite you to join their international cast of curiosities in a thrilling new Spiegeltent experience.

This savage and subtle exploration of the magic of circus has been dreamed up by the company who created Cantina (BankSA Innovation Award 2011 & The Advertiser and Critics Circle Fringe Award – Best Over Production 2011), Feasting on Flesh, Tom Tom Crew and the Helpmann Award nominated A Company of Strangers.

Captain Frodo (Norway) returns to Australia to lead this cast of clowning connoisseurs, having previously toured the world with Oliver Award winning production, La Soiree.

Joining him are Derek Scott (Canada) – Slava’s Snow Show, Cirque Du Soleil; Trent Arkleysmith (Austria) – Von Trolley Quartet and Australia’s own Derek Ives –The Candy Butchers, Circus Oz and Imaan Hadchiti – A Little Perspective with Imaan.

Inspired by the Spiegeltent itself, The Dream Menagerie immerses its audience in a world of epic scale created within a bespoke and intimate environment.

As Director Scott Maidment explains, ‘having spent eight years working solely on Shakespeare and the past 14 years under the spell of the circus, I’m excited to bring these two worlds together.  Both Shakespeare and the circus explore the nature of appearance and reality and the magic of dreams and illusion.  With a cast of extraordinary performers and an exceptional score by Trent Arkleysmith, this will truly be an evening of wonder.’

‘I have had a most rare vision, I have had a dream.’ Nick Bottom

 Cast & Credits

  • DIRECTOR Scott Maidment
  • CO-CREATORS & PERFORMERS Captain Frodo, Derek Ives, Derek Scott, Genevieve Thackwell-James, Imaan Hadchiti, Trent Arkleysmith
  • PRODUCER Sarah Stewart
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