Darkness Falls on HQ as Nemesis Beings the Black!

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There’s something just so beautiful about some of life’s darkest corners. Ad this Halloween Speakeasy HQ will turn it’s stage over to a young Starlet of the Burlesque stage who’s dark beauty has created a stunning new breed of performance that will thrill our Halloween audience.

We took the princess of shadows aside to throw a bunch of questions at her and see what makes her tick as she readies her shimmy and prepares her pasties for this week’s performance.

Who are you and how do you describe your performance?

I am Nemesis Divina. I describe my performance style as Burlesque macabre. Dark and creepy with Gothic overtones. A great excuse to indulge my favourite genre. Horror.
With this particular act. I’ve drawn heavily on the Victorian showgirl aesthetic and other issues common of that era. Ie. Dying of consumption, being posed for a post mortem photograph, etc.

If you were born 100 years ago what would you need to do differently to perform your act in that day and time?

Well, rather than use the blood capsules to feign coughing up blood. Chances are, I probably would’ve actually had consumption for real 100 years ago and would possibly have coughed up real blood!

If you had to dress up as your favorite living or dead celebrity this Halloween who would it be and what would you wear?

Marie Antoinette. Unoriginal I know… I would make sure my head was sewn back on with very crude and obvious stitching. My neck wound seeping and bloody. My hair would be as high as the ceiling and my dress, ridiculously big!

If you could perform a 3-5 minute vaudeville act for just one person from history, who would it be and what would you perform?

Not sure about this one.
I would like to perform for Edgar Allan Poe though. I have a feeling he would ‘get me.’

What will the audience see when you perform at Speakeasy HQ?

The audience will see a Gothic horror/drama portrayed in a very contemporary way. What will begin as a seemingly innocent and light hearted, pretty performance, will inevitably take a darker path as she succumbs to consumption. The piece will then become quite abstract as she gradually and awkwardly, transitions into death.

We can’t wait to see Nemesis Divina performing live at Speakeasy HQ this FRIDAY night!! Tickets are essential an available at: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=87968

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Headline Act @ Speakeasy HQ Will Turn the World Upside-Down!!

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This Saturday night at Speakeasy HQ the loyal Fan Cartel of vaudeville loving audience members are in for a treat!!! Topping off an 11-act vaudeville show will be one of the most accomplished and highly trained handstand acro artists in the country today, performing fetes of strength that make gravity seem to not apply to him the way it does to the rest of us.

Obtaining his training at the National Institute of Circus Arts Liam DeJong will perform the final and headline set at Speakeasy HQ on Saturday night, as our audience are treated to performance of power, strength and agility unlike anything they have ever seen before. So we took the man of much strength aside and asked him a bunch of questions to see what makes him tick, as he limbers up and readies for this week’s show!

Who are you and what led you to performing professionally?

I’m Liam and I’m a hand-balancer.  I also perform adagio/partner acrobatics. I started gymnastics at 4 and made the switch to circus at 18 after doing 6 years of sports acrobatics. I enjoy performing because I love showing people what the human body is capable of.

What has been the highest point of your performance career?

The highest point of my career has to be when I was selected to perform in France with a performance troupe to open the Festival du Cirque de Demain.

If there was a biographical movie of your life made who would play you and who would play your best friend?

This ones hard… but I reckon I’d play myself and my best mate Alex would play himself. We would have heaps of fun making a movie and there would be sooooooo many out takes.

If you could perform a 3-5 minute vaudeville act with one famous person from any part of history, who would it be and what would you perform?

Would have to be my old coach, Jing Jing Xue, one of the pioneers of crazy handstand skills and the ultimate example of what a human body can achieve.

What will the audience see when you perform at Speakeasy HQ?

When I perform my act at Speakeasy HQ the audience will see acts of strength, balance and both combined, they will get a fright but have the enjoyment of knowing that anything is possible.

We can’t wait to see Liam DeJong performing live at Speakeasy HQ THIS Saturday night!!! Don’t miss your chance to be in the audience as he demonstrates elite strength live!!  Ticketing info: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=87968

The Purdy Absurdest Genius Unleashes at HQ!!

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This Saturday Speakeasy HQ will hand the microphone over to a man who has come to be known for inventing a whole new way of presenting comedy!! Known as Ross Purdy, his absurdly brilliant manner of presenting the unthinkable ideas in ways that we can all relate to left our audience at Speakeasy Nuevo in hysterics last month!  Including such ideas as ordering 24 Karat Gold (ehem) body parts from the home shopping network, to learning how to sweat ice cream – Ross is not only hilarious, but is Purdy Absurd in doing so.

Se we took the funny man aside as he prepares his props and material for this week’s show and asked him a bunch of questions to see what makes him tick!!

Who are you and what led you to performing professionally?

I’m Ross Purdy; I’m a stand up comedian and bad men want me to pay them $1,000,00 or they said they’d cut my thumbs off and send them off to my loved ones in eskies. I perform in hopes of making that amount of money to prevent that. I am failing.

What has been the highest point of your performance career?

Performing at Carnegie Hall. In my dreams.

if there was a biographical movie of your life made who would play you and who would play your best friend?

Academy Award winner Dame Judi Dench and the dog from “Air Bud”. Is the dog from “Air Bud” still alive? No? The corpse of the dog from “Air Bud” then.

If you could perform a 3-5 minute vaudeville act with one famous person from any part of history, who would it be and what would you perform?

I would perform an excerpt of “Hamlet” with Kanye West. I know he’s got it in him to pull It off.

What will the audience see when you perform at Speakeasy HQ?

Something they have never seen before. Or something they’ve seen millions of times before, whichever one.

Don’t miss your chance to see Mr Ross Purdy at Speakeasy HQ performing the absurdest comedy you’ll ever laugh at – THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!!!  Tickets available at: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=87968

The Marquise

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This Saturday night Speakeasy HQ presents our first annual Oktoberfest. Bringing a huge lineup of Comedy, Circus, Boylesque & Honkey Tonk to the stage we needed something more… One more act. Something sweet, something sexy. We needed, The Marquise!

From the moment she hits the stage, she owns it! As the music starts, the audience is captivated by this petite cupcake… No literally a cupcake. The Marquise turns from sweet and innocent, in a juxtapose to tease, tantalise & work the audience into a frenzy!

A Speakeasy HQ favourite we are delighted to welcome an extra scrumptious act onto the programme, but warn you if you’re diabetic to prepare for the sweet delights of The Marquise!

Tickets can be purchased from the website or directly on our ticket link

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Cabaret Stars Idris & El Bella Circus it Up @ HQ!

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Each week the variety and vaudeville industry across Australia sees audience numbers around the 10’000 attend shows in all manner of venues across the country. As cabaret-circus fusion acts continues to be one of hottest selling, vaudeville entertainment genre in the country, theatres and clubs everywhere are on the hunt for the acts that draw in the big crowds! From small bars that present grass-roots acts to the State Theatres who continue to cash in on the craze by importing foreign variety acts, the industry is booming!

1488224_666270273459339_8548822240782863618_nOn Saturday night Speakeasy HQ will present a headline act unlike that has gained a HUGE name for itself through sheer hard work and being seen by literally thousands and thousands of people live. Performing on Saturday night as the headline act of our Oktoberfest show for the Speakeasy Fan Cartel the stars of the critically acclaimed ‘Papillon’, Idris and El Bella, will take to the Stage of the Stars! Having performed their show nationally together, and with more stage hours under their combined belts than almost any other duo or single artist in the industry today, Idris and El Bella between them are one of the most dynamic and sought after acts in the country!

But even still, after seeing them perform over a dozen times, describing their show is as difficult as describing the unique and individual shape of a single wave that hits the shore. Where a scripted musical, or opera, has a set choreography fro start to finish, where every word is the same in every show and all the songs and cues happen at all the same times, the performances given by Idris and El Bella could never be describes as anything other than unique on every single occasion. In what can only be described as a demonstration of years of performing for unpredictable audiences, live in street theatre and in diverse settings, the duo perform a style of show that simply cannot be duplicated in any context. Their energy, timing, grace and skill is unmatched, and then framed in a setting of elite skill, strength and agility to make show that is one of the must-see events in your lifetime!

Don’t miss your chance to see Idris and El Bella live at Speakeasy HQ as the headline act on Oktoberfest, 18th October 2015.

Ticketing is essential and available at: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=87968

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Sam’s the Man with the Globe in His Hands!!

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Speakeasy HQ LOVES presenting the acts that are daring, unique and make the audience sit on the edge of their seats.  On Saturday night we will be hosting one of the country’s most out there acts as Sam Brew performs at the Underground Galaxy of Stars for the first time with an act that can only be described as breath taking!!

As a trained circus artist, Sam has brought together a hybrid performance routine that marries circus, daredevilry, sideshow stunt and the Maccarina together!!  Want to know more?  So did we!!  So we took Sam aside as he polishes his globe in preparation for Saturday’s show and asked him a bunch of questions.

Who are you and what led you to performing professionally?

My name is Sam Brew and I loved to perform as a kid! I used to have lots of magic sets and kits that I would bring out whenever people came over, and I would perform shows for them. Then I discovered RUCCIS circus. When I started doing circus classes I have up on my magic for a few years. I’ve been doing classes at RUCCIS for 7 years now and last year I started to get back into magic. Every year at RUCCIS we do production where every class does an act and we also do a cabaret where you can show off your solo acts. This year I took on the very important role of being one of the MC’s for the show!

What has been the highest point of your performance career?

Being an MC for an entire show is probably the biggest thing I have done. Being the MC I got to perform in 2 extra acts. And one of them I am now performing at speakeasy!

If they made a bronze statue of you for being awesome, what would the name plate on it say?

This statue celebrates the life of Sam Brew. An awesome circus performer with heaps of tricks up his sleeves.

If you could perform a 3-5 minute vaudeville act with one famous person from any part of history, who would it be and what would you perform?

I didn’t have to think twice about this one. It would definitely have to be the great Harry Houdini! We would come up with an act that has some danger an escape but also some magic in it.

What will the audience see when you perform at Speakeasy HQ?

A big red ball, a skipping rope, a very classy costume and a beautiful assistant.

We cant WAIT to see what Sam has in store for us on Saturday night at the Underground Galaxy of Stars!!  Tickets are limited, so get online now and don’t be disappointed!! Ticketing info: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=87968

The Lord of Speakeasy HQ Misrules Over ALL

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This Saturday night Lordof Mis-Rule – the time traveler of tease – will be performing live at Speakeasy HQ!!! The Melbourne Boylesquer has become known as one of the must enduring and talented artists of the genre alive today!! Through many guises the Lord has performed at shows held locally at the Burlesque Bar, Bohemia Cabaret Club, Red Bennies, Club Voltaire, the 86, Deja Vu Bar, Chapel on chapel , Speakeasy HQ and the Butterfly Club. He has also appeared in the MBA 2013, the ABF 2014, the Tasmanian cabaret festival, is appearing at the MBA 2014 and has performed in shows in Launceston, Hobart, Wollongong and Sydney, just to name a few!!

We took the industry heavy weight aside to see what makes him tick as he prepares his man-pasties for Saturday night’s show and asked him a stack of questions:

Who are you and what led you to performing professionally?

Melbourne musician, life model, and boylesque artist. Burlesque allows me to creative artistic parody in a theatrical sense.

What has been the highest point of your performance career?

Really every time I have performed it is such a joy, but if you want me to be specific then I’d have to say
The Tasmanian Cabaret Festival, in Hobart, the ABF in Melbourne and the Butterfly Club recently – all memorable.

If they made a bronze statue of you for being awesome, what would the name plate on it say?

“The time traveller of Tease”

If you could perform a 3-5 minute vaudeville act with one famous person from any part of history, who would it be and what would you perform?

Errol Flynn – his role as Robin Hood and me as Basil – as I get to brandish my “sword “ lol 😉

What will the audience see when you perform at Speakeasy HQ?

My take on humour, creative art and enough flesh to scar them for life!

We can’t wait to see The Lord go Live at Speakeasy HQ On Saturday night!!  Get your tickets at: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=87968