Gluttony On Tour’s music, circus, burlesque, food and wine extravaganza comes to Melbourne

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Gluttony On Tour’s music, circus, burlesque, food and wine extravaganza comes to Melbourne

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Gluttony On Tour is an exceptional new carnival that hand-picks the best live music, circus, burlesque, food and wine from the Adelaide Fringe and brings it to Melbourne's eastern suburbs from April 6 - 10.

The intriguing event will light up the Maroondah region with a spectacular range of entertainment, carefully selected from one of Australia’s premier festivals. It’s an awesome chance to see the expansive highlights – with something for everyone – from a very highly-regarded interstate carnival. The level of experience on offer here is truly exceptional, with virtually every show earning rave reviews over years of performances.

It’s presented by theatre experts Karralyka, alongside Maroondah City Council, and will take place over five days from April 6 to 10 for the first week of the Easter school holidays. The festival for the senses has been running in Adelaide East End for a decade, showcasing thousands of Australia’s most talented artists and performers during that time.

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It’s grown to legendary proportions in Adelaide, selling a whopping 270,000 tickets to its Fringe carnival last year, and welcoming more than 500,000 total visitors over a month. In addition to the renown of its performers, Gluttony’s strength lies in its variety. It offers the intimate and atmospheric, family-friendly and late night allure, emerging talent to national stars. Now, it’s all coming to Melbourne.

Co-directed by Daniel Michael and Elena Kirschbaum, Croydon will be honoured with Gluttony’s long-awaited interstate debut. Opening night is April 6, when Croydon Park will be transformed into the Gluttony entertainment precinct. There’ll be food, wine and bars a-plenty, but also plenty of parking and easy access to the bars and restaurants on Main Street.

Gluttony On Tour program

Gluttony will be staging their highly-successful ROUGE show, never before seen in Melbourne. The broader program will offer amixture of circus, music, comedy, burlesque, circus and children’s entertainment, with 8000 tickets up for grabs over the five days, and most performances running for around 70 minutes.

April 6: Gala Night

Gala Night on April 6 will be hosted by Matt Hale and include the sassy Shake It burlesque, an homage to David Bowie, the exceptionally acrobatic Defiant all-female circus crew, music from Australian Idol diva herself, Paulini, and performances from Bon Appetit and the Yummy cabaret.

April 7: Rebel – David Bowie Circus Rock Tribute

David Bowie once said “I want to tart rock up. I don’t want to climb out of my fantasies in order to go up on stage — I want to take them on stage with me.” The multi award-winning Stewart Reeve fronts a live band with breathtaking circus for this spectacular rock and roll sideshow.

April 7: Shake It


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Shake It is branded as one of the most outrageous shows in Australia, with special guest acts from across the world of burlesque, circus and cabaret. Hosted by Minnie Andrews, the show says “this will not be polite, this will not be gentle.”

April 8: Ladies Night

From Whitney Houston to Aretha Franklin to Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce, Sade, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Donna Summer and so many more, Ladies Night is the ultimate diva performance from some of Australia’s greatest RnB singers, the likes of Paulini, Fasika and Prinnie.

Comedy Hypnotist Matt Hale: Absolute Chaos

There’ll be no chickens, no swinging watches, just an exceptionally high-energy performance from a comedy hypnotist that’s 100% family-friendly. You can enjoy this one on-stage or in the audience, the choice is yours.

April 9: Riot City Wrestling

With luchadores, strongmen, heroes and villains fighting it out for Pro Wrestling glory, this is a relatively rare chance to see top-class wrestling on stage in Melbourne at 3pm on the Saturday, this perennial entertainment favourite has won rave reviews in Adelaide.

Circus, aerials, acrobatics, juggling, hula hoops, musical moments, comedy and more, all set in a restaurant. It’s a recipe for disaster executed to perfection, which leaves little wonder that it’s performed at every Adelaide Fringe for the past 11 years. It’s also toured nationally successfully, so here’s your chance to see it in Melbourne.

April 9: Defiant

Defiant have forged quite the reputation, excelling as part of the Midsumma Carnival in Melbourne earlier this year, showcasing their exceptional acrobatics. The troupe explores force, energy and power through bold contemporary circus and a live rock soundtrack.

April 9: YUMMY

Winner of The People’s Choice Award at Melbourne Fringe 2021 and Best Cabaret at Fringe World 2019, YUMMY is the massively successful drag, dance, circus, and burlesque show that’s been to over 50 festivals in Australia and beyond.

April 10: Opulence

Very special 1920s themed performances from Ruccis Circus in Bayswater, with their coaches, students and special guests showcasing a rather lavish circus and cabaret performance earlier in the afternoon that’s family-friendly.

Sunday April 10: Grossed Out Game Show

Winner of Best Kids Show at the Sydney Fringe, Grossed Out Game Show is all about slime, with host Matty Grey taking two well-known contestants through a game show with an ending that “has to be seen to be believed”.

Sunday April 10: Completely Improvised Potter

Take a suggestion of what could have been a Harry Potter book, and watch it spring to life before your eyes through the entirely-improvised work of Harry Potter connossieurs. We reviewed this show back in 2019: “Whether you’re a Potter-head or just in for some disarmingly brilliant comedy, you’re destined to find Completely Improvised Potter Siriusly magical.”

Find out more about the carnival and book tickets to all these shows and more at the Karralyka website here.