Bedlam Unleashed – a Thank You gallery

Now that the glitter has settled, and Bedlam is put to bed once more, we just wanted to shout out to the amazing artists, the team at the Red Rattler, and our incredible audience to say “thank you”.

Bedlam Cabaret gives us the opportunity to offer paid performance opportunities to artists we really believe in; helps us build a community between artists across genres and talents; and connects them to audiences who are keen to experience something different.

Vaudeville is alive and well in Sydney once more!

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Andy Dexterity closes Bedlam in style!

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Andy Dexterity – good with his hands!

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Poppy Cox, direct from Berlin to Bedlam

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Poppy Cox – an awesome Gainsbourg-inspired puppetry sketch.

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Ben Noir dazzles with only a towel!

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Ben Noir shows why he’s a boylesque favourite

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Debbie Zukerman as Raz

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Debbie Zukerman as Raz shows us why science is both cool, and unpredicatable

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Host James Breko leads us into Bedlam!

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Ben Noir’s incredible voice (and cheeky act) had us in stitches.

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Curly Fries gargles his way into our hearts

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….and then into our fantasies!

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Vashti Hughes as Larry Olive

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Larry Olive (Vashti Hughes) teaches us all a thing or two about ‘acting’.

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The incredible Marlena Dali dazzles on the Bedlam Cabaret stage.

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Kael Murray is all lace and legend.

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Kael Murray brings charm, wit and fierceness to Bedlam

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Moments before Kael Murray surprises us all!

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Prince Enigma slides up, down and into our hearts

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Big voice, great costume and a personality to match – meet Prince Enigma

And finally,

A big THANK YOU to our friends, family and lovers, who make making art so much easier. Without their support we Rogues couldn’t do what we do. We love you.

x Goldele and Robbi

 

 

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Meet The Bedlam Artists: Prince Enigma

He’s your boylesque fantasy with a wicked twist and his performances are never less than sizzling. Meet Prince Enigma, our next artist from Bedlam Cabaret Mardi Gras for you to get to know over 5 little questions..

Who is Prince Enigma and what is that you do?
Through his acts he wants others to feel sexy, turned on, bring smile on their faces and be entertained.

What inspires your performances?
Smiles amongst the audience.

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Your version of happiness is…
Progress

Besides Bedlam, how will you be celebrating the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras?
Dancing the night away.

Describe you Bedlam performance in 3 words.
Tantalising. Amusing. Orgasmic.

Don’t miss Prince Enigma at Bedlam Cabaret on Wed 28th Feb at Marrickville’s Red Rattler. Doors open 7, show starts 7.30pm – tickets on sale now here!

Meet The Bedlam Artists: Andy Dexterity

We’ve been watching him for years and The Rogues finally got to meet our next Bedlam Artist when we shared a theatre at EdFringe – where we fell for him like everyone else. He’s bold, brash and good with his hands. Meet Andy Dexterity, our next artist from Bedlam Cabaret Mardi Gras for you to get to know over 5 little questions..

Who is Andy Dexterity, and what is that you do?
Andy Dexterity reveals themself to me daily.

At this moment in time, Andy continues to translate life experience into movement – with ridiculous dance moves, copious costume changes and sassy sign language. Although, there are some big changes a-brewing…

What inspires your performances?
I love creating performance pieces that can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere, anytime. My wish is that people find their bodies shimmying and gesticulating a little more after experiencing an Andy Dexterity performance.

Throwing a shape with someone from across the street that you haven’t met yet…

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Your version of happiness is?
Embracing and celebrating difference – whilst eating hot chips. with parmesan cheese. and truffle oil.

Besides Bedlam, how will you be celebrating the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras?
I’ll host a small pride parade at home, from my kitchen to the living room with a ridiculously strong pina colada in-hand.

Describe you Bedlam performance in 3 words…
…I just struck 3 poses.

Don’t miss Andy Dexterity at Bedlam Cabaret on Wed 28th Feb at Marrickville’s Red Rattler – tickets on sale now here!

 

Check our more of Andy on his website here.

Meet The Bedlam Artists: Debbie Zukerman

Night’s like Bedlam Cabaret Mardi Gras are nothing without comedy – and comedy would be so much less interesting without Debbie Zukerman. So can 5 questions really let us into the mind of Debbie with a Z? Let’s see…

Who is Debbie Zukerman, and what is that you do?
Debbie Zuckerman is a fiction that has haunted me my whole life.
Debbie Zukerman, however, is me.
I’m a comic actor and comedian.
What inspires your performances?
Other funny people.
Oh, and wigs.
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our version of happiness is?
My life as it is, but with more in my super.
Besides Bedlam, how will you be celebrating the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras?
I don’t know yet, I’ll probably fly by the seat of my pants. Which is a pretty exciting way to fly.
 
Describe your Bedlam performance in 3 words. 
Shh. Girl science
Don’t miss Debbie at Bedlam – Wed 28th Feb at Marrickville’s Red Rattler – tickets on sale now here!

Meet The Bedlam Artists: Curly Fries

He makes us sit up, take notice and get inspired to do things we never thought we could, and if you haven’t seen him perform you are in for a twisted treat. Meet Curly Fries, our next artist from Bedlam Cabaret Mardi Gras for you to get to know over 5 little questions…

Who is Curly Fries and what is it that you do?
Curly Fernandez or Curly Fries is a hypocrite. I am a trained performer from out west and have rebelled against everything I was ever taught and at the same time embracing everything I was ever taught. I am a text based performance artist haunted by spirits. My practice is based on my fear, the societal rules we live by – all hinged on the clown within us.
What?
I love watching other artists and what they do, their unique creations. I am inspired very much by Sydney – its artistic beauty, its urban landscape, its danger, it’s hypocrisy. I adore classic texts reinvented and I adore participatory art forms. The artistic body I lead – the Leftovers Collective make social experiments coupled with this concept at their core.
My family are a very, very big inspiration (there is such love there and a mix of cultures), as well as friends. At the moment I’m obsessed Naro Pinosa’s work – the absolute simplicity and political subversiveness of his collage’s are beautifully breathtaking. In terms of Cabaret, Meow Meow I find her extraordinary – that voice!
But to be candidly honest it’s my local community and the voices in my head.
Your version of happiness is?
Happiness to me is the beach. With my faCurly.jpgmily. A gorgeous sunny day, clear blue water and designer bathers. The beach to me is my way I connected to Australia. It was really quite tough growing up here. There was probably only 2 black / brown people at my school including me. This included all the way through to university. The beach was a place my partner Lauren took me to lots. It was a place I felt I really belonged. A place where us as humans, used our meat suits to worship.  That area between the two elements, the land and the sea. I found my home there. In most of my creations water exists on some level.
Besides Bedlam, how will you be celebrating the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras?
Masturbating. (Did you just call me a wanker?)
Performance in 3 words
Art. Is. Dead.

Don’t miss Curly Fries at Bedlam Cabaret on Wed 28th Feb at Marrickville’s Red Rattler – tickets on sale now here!

Check our more of the incredible creative work that Curly leads by visiting The Leftover Collective – do it!

Meet The Bedlam Artists: Marlena Dali

The Rogues occasionally develop artistic crushes and Marlena Dali is the face of Bedlam Cabaret Mardi Gras for this very reason – we’ve been crushing on their work for ages! So here’s our 5 little questions to get to know Marlena better….

Who is Marlena Dali and what do you do?
Marlena Dalí is a name given to me by an ex-lover/ex-boss because I had to replace my previous name, Gsus (pronounced Jesus) Christ. She belonged to a cult and I had to join the cult, and I couldn’t have the name of another deity. Also, apparently the name Gsus isn’t marketable (?). So, she combined my birth name Marlena with Salvador Dalí and it sounds kind of like “Mohammad Ali” and I am a fan of him, as well as Dolly Parton. So I guess that’s who Marlena Dalí is: a mishmash of queer and rebellious icons that fit together in a fever dream of circus, drag, and frivolity. True story._LRP7062.JPG

What I do is, I try to present and perform very unlikeable or grotesque things and convince people to love me for it somehow. I think it’s a lesson in compassion and sensuality.

What inspires your performances?

Animals, dead rock stars, and 1 living (for now) rock star.

Your version of happiness is?
Cat is nice.

 

Besides Bedlam, how will you be celebrating the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras?

Baking an apple pie with Crisco, reading Yuri on Ice fan fiction, crying.

Describe your Bedlam performance in 3 words. 

Leather, Daddy, Swallow

Don’t miss Marlena Dali’s performance at Bedlam on Wed 28th Feb at Marrickville’s Red Rattler – tickets on sale now here!

Meet The Bedlam Artists: Poppy Cox

We’re just quietly thrilled to introduce you to another Bedlam Cabaret artist, and this one is joining us direct from Berlin!

American-born, Berlin-based Poppy Cox is a cardboard-obsessed showgirl who has worked as a naked professional all over the world. With one foot in a high-heel shoe and the other one a bicycle pedal, she aims to delight while dragging you into her absurdist technicolor dimension.

Poppy will be bringing her own brand of drag absurdism and puppetry to Sydney for the first time. We asked 5 little questions to get to know her better…

Who is Poppy Cox and what is that you do?
I am a performer and costume designer based in Berlin.

What inspires your performances?
Things I love or things I hate.

Your version of happiness is?
Riding bicycles, drinking coffee, and chit chatting the night away with people I love.

Besides Bedlam, how will you be celebrating the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras?  Performing all over the place!!

Describe your Bedlam performance in 3 words.
Pervy Parisian Puppets

Don’t miss Poppy Cox at Bedlam Cabaret Mardi Gras Edtion on Wed 28th Feb at Marrickville’s Red Rattler – tickets on sale here!