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Australian Arts Review – Alyssa Moore
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Pop Culture-y – Frank Minniti
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AfterDark Theatre proudly presents


An opulent Adults Only evening, direct from the French Quarter of New Orleans.

This May the ever elusive Circus Society invite Melbourne audiences to their exclusive and flamboyant parade. Featuring highly skilled international Cirque artists, the illustrious Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood plays host to this unique event for a limited season.

Influenced by the city of New Orleans and its best party on earth, the Mardi Gras, in the past these infamous festivities were hosted by secret societies competing to uphold the most lavish party in their quarter. Blending Cajun party culture, French exuberance, Creole Voodoo, Masquerade, and breathtaking acrobatics, Society also serves up audiences an extroverted lighting design and unique styled sound track of live music and original tracks. Nothing is off limits in this indulgent Circus Cabaret.

Running since 2007, AfterDark Theatre has built a solid reputation as a high end design and production company, offering Australian Circus lovers a veritable feast of superior quality shows and events. Previous award-winning productions include Pants Down Circus, Sediment, BARBAROI, Element of Consequence, and The Boardwalk Republic; the original Southside hub during Melbourne Fringe.

Continuing with that trend, AfterDark Theatre now proudly presents Society, a high octane tribute to the Bourbon Street Circus and the wild nightlife of the French Quarter.

Laissez le bon temps rouler!

WINNER – 2017 Green Room Award, Innovation in Contemporary Circus (Sediment)
WINNER – 2016 Adelaide Fringe Weeklies, Best Circus (Barbaroi)
WINNER – 2016 Melbourne Fringe, Best Emerging Artist (The Element of Consequence)
WINNER – 2014 Adelaide Fringe Weeklies, Best Circus (Pants Down Circus ROCK!)
WINNER – 2013 Melbourne Fringe, Best Circus (We Should Quit)
WINNER – 2012 Melbourne Fringe, Best Circus (Pants Down Circus)

Director: Francesco Minniti
Assistant Director: Julie Sharpe
Lighting Designer: Harrison Cope
Costume Designer: Nay Cananzi
Music Director: Kara Ciezki
Performed by: Jacinta Rohan, Mathew Brown, Tully Fedorowjtsch, Simon Storey, Mimi LeNoire, Alyssa Moore, and Francesco Minniti
Photographer: Jacinta Oaten

10 – 26 May, 2018
Thursday 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday 7:30pm and 9:30pm (Except Sat 12 May)
10 May, 7:30pm – Preview
12 May, 7:30pm – Gala Night
Tickets: $520 VIP Front Booth (Seats 8), $360 VIP Side Booth (Seats 6), $55 Inner Circle – Front, $50 Inner Circle – Sides, $45 Outer Ring – Sides, $25 Standing Room and Preview
Bookings: online only via
Enquiries: 0421 340 184
Venue: The Melba Spiegeltent – 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood


High res images for download (click then right click to download):

Photographer Credit: Jacinta Oaten
Subjects – Portrait shots (L-R): Jacinta Rohan, Simon Storey and Olesia Borisova, Simon Storey
Subjects – Landscape shots (L-R): Simon Storey, Jacinta Rohan, Mathew Brown, Alyssa Moore