Walk on the dark side

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prom­ises some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

Chan­dler has al­ways wanted to cre­ate a show that delves into the idea of per­cep­tion vs re­al­ity. The Ring­mas­ter Man­age­ment di­rec­tor says the idea has evolved from a seed into a show – Sil­hou­ette Cabaret. Boast­ing a cast of 20, the one-night-only Gold Coast pro­duc­tion fea­tures danc­ing, singing, ac­ro­bat­ics, bur­lesque, con­tor­tion, aeri­als, fire and more. Chan­dler says the show digs deep into the dark and hid­den worlds of ev­ery­day life. ‘‘Not many peo­ple do this stuff on the Gold Coast. It’s a the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion that ad­dresses so­cial is­sues of sex­ual equal­ity, sex­ual con­fu­sion and men­tal in­sta­bil­ity,’’ she says. ‘‘It delves into other worlds that we live in. We all wear masks in day-to-day life – we project an im­age by the way we dress and how we por­tray our­selves. ‘‘I wanted to fig­ure out per­cep­tion vs re­al­ity – what we are per­ceived to be and what’s re­ally go­ing on. It has all come to­gether or­gan­i­cally and beau­ti­fully.’’ Chan­dler says the pro­duc­tion in­cludes a few ‘‘lit­tle sur­prises’’ that are out of the or­di­nary for nor­mal cabaret shows. ‘‘Ex­pect the un­ex­pected. I want peo­ple to feel like they have been en­ter­tained, feel like they have been on a trip, a real jour­ney, a ride,’’ she says. ‘‘I want to take the au­di­ence out of their com­fort zone. They should laugh and feel awk­ward. I want peo­ple to walk out and say ‘wow’. We have cre­ated a world in which the au­di­ence will be­lieve any­thing is pos­si­ble; that the dark crea­tures of fables and fairy­tales re­ally do ex­ist.’’ Chan­dler ad­vises pa­trons to ar­rive for 7.30pm, promis­ing ‘‘sur­prises’’ ahead of the show at 8pm.

plays Al­bert Wa­ter­ways Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, in Broad­beach, on Sun­day. Tick­ets are $30. Visit sil­hou­et­te­cabaret.com for de­tails.

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