The Spiegeltent is back, and better than ever

MAGICAL: Blanc de Blanc is coming to Newcastle after a sell-out, two-year tour.Thousands of Novocastrians have entered the Spiegeltent with a child-like sense of wonder and awe.

They exit in much the same way. Wide-eyed and excitedat having witnessedsomething special. Something unique.

Dutch for“mirror tent”, the Spiegeltent originated in Belgium in the late 19th century as atravelling entertainment venue. The Fortuna Spiegeltent is decorated with mirrors, stained glass, velvet and brocade and hasa glamorousold-world feel.

The man behind the Spiegeltent in is Scott Maidment. He is founding director of Strut & Fret Production Houseand has been bringing the tents to our shores for the past 16 years.

Maidment is also the creative mind behindBlanc de Blanc, a show thatcombines the world’s finest cabaret and acrobatic talent with vintage glamour and titillating acts.He is looking forward to bringing the Spiegeltent back to Newcastle after a successful season withVelvetlast year.

“The first few minutes of the show are all in French so you kind of feel like you’re in Le Lido or theMoulin Rouge. Then it takes a twist where we are introduced to another character, then another,and by the end of the show it becomes a crazy nightclub with bubbles flying everywhere,” he tells Weekender.

“I like to say the show is just like drinking a glass of champagne –it starts out smooth and sophisticated but it gets a bit crazy once you’ve had a bottle or two.”

Working closely with Madonna on her Rebel Heart tour in 2015, Maidment met many world-class performers. Some have gone on to star in Blanc de Blanc.

“I went to New York and worked with Madonna for a few months on that tour,” he says.“It was there Imetchoreographer Kevin Maher and he introduced me to some of hercast and they have been touring with me ever since.”

Assembling a Spiegeltent is part of the challenge of touring a show like Blanc de Blanc.This is not yourtypical tent.

“We bringthem in from Europe and fly in two or three tent builders to work with the locals and put it up. They return to Europe and fly back to a month later when we pull it down. It’san expensive exerciseso once it’s up we want to use it as much as possible.

“Blanc de Blanc is the headline show and then there’s aline-up includingKate Miller-Heidke, The Black Sorrows and comedians Tom Gleeson and Luke McGregor.The tent is such a great environment that performers want to play in it.It’s going to be like a mini festival.”

Maidment has been referred to as a “maestro” by critics. He laughs at the description.

“Oh I don’t know about that. I think I’m just a curator of interesting people.”

SpiegeltentNewcastle will present a world-class line up of cabaret, comedy and music at Civic Park, Newcastle, from March 27 to April 15.Ticketsare on sale now at spiegeltentnewcastle老域名出售.