For centuries travelling showmen brought fairground rides, menageries, stalls and sideshows to the St Thomas area of Exeter for the city’s annual Lammas fair.
The fair was quite a spectacle. Elephants and camels could be seen parading through the city streets and there truly was entertainment for all. But scandal often surrounded the fair, causing it to frequently move site and eventually leave Exeter for good.
This Halloween a bawdy troupe of performers & artistes arrive in town determined to entertain the locals with their spectacular show, at any cost…
Following the success of A Dark Victorian Cabaret last year, this Halloween Exeter Alternative Theatre once again combines a heady mix of theatre, burlesque & cabaret to present a unique peek inside this weird & wonderful world, inviting you to meet the twisted characters that inhabit the sideshow.
The story of a young girl who dreams of running away from home in order to join the circus takes a twist as she stumbles across the SIDESHOW. Her journey takes her into a world of wonder, intrigue, humour and darkness as she meets the STRONG MAN, the TATTOOED MAN, and the MERMAID – played by SANDY SURE who has performed at several festivals this year including the Ohio Burlesque Festival, USA, the Welsh Burlesque Festival & the Bristol Burlesque Festival. THE CELLIST provides the audience with a dose of murderously quirky dark cabaret, played by the one and only MISS VON TRAPP whilst THE AERIALIST – played by the incredibly talented Velma Von Bon Bon, in her alter-ego persona of NATALIA KALASHNIKOV – wows audiences with her Burlesque acrobatics. The story that is told to The Runaway by THE CIRCASSIAN BEAUTY – played by the titillating LILLY LAUDANUM who will be premiering her incredible ‘Queen of Swords’ Burlesque act – becomes more harrowing as she reveals how she came to be where she is today. As each performers tale unfolds the audience is taken ever deeper into the real stories that haunt this dazzling array of characters but it is ultimately the meeting with THE FORTUNE TELLER that reveals that all is not as it seems on the surface.
Welcome to Halloween EAT style…
Tickets £12.50 (Students £10.00)
from 01392 271808