Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - Tanya MacNaughton

DI­REC­TOR Scott Maidment’s lat­est cir­cus cabaret show Blanc de Blanc is all about fri­vol­ity and fizz.

“It re­ally came from cham­pagne it­self,” Maidment, who also worked on Limbo and La Soiree, said. “The show has that so­phis­ti­ca­tion, mys­tery and slow burn that drink­ing a bot­tle of cham­pagne has be­fore the pop and bang when it re­ally turns into a party.”

Blanc de Blanc pre­miered at Syd­ney Opera House in Jan­uary this year at the same time Maidment’s Limbo was tak­ing Fringe World by storm in a spiegel­tent at El­iz­a­beth Quay.

The show went from Syd­ney to Lon­don for a two-month sea­son be­fore Brisbane Fes­ti­val and now Perth’s Re­gal Theatre from Septem­ber 29 to Oc­to­ber 23.

“We de­cided this time to not go when there’s 10,000 other shows as a com­peti­tor,” Maidment said.

“Which also makes me a lit­tle ner­vous be­cause there isn’t that fes­ti­val vibe this time sur­round­ing it, but so far ev­ery­one we’ve spo­ken to in Perth has been su­per ex­cited.

“I went to the newly re­fur­bished Re­gal Theatre when I was in Perth (for Limbo) and thought it was a great space.

“We be­gan this show in a theatre; it works well and gives a bit more so­phis­ti­ca­tion than a spiegel­tent.”

The show fea­tures host Mon­sieur Romeo, from LA, and con­tor­tion­ist and clown Spencer Novich, from Las Ve­gas, with other per­form­ers in­clud­ing aeri­al­ists, a mime artist and dancers.

“While I was work­ing on the Madonna Rebel Heart tour, I’d met chore­og­ra­pher Kevin Ma­her, who lives in LA and sug­gested some peo­ple from there,” Maidment said.

“The cir­cus acts are more per­form­ers scat­tered from all around the world. We patched them to­gether, look­ing for the best and ended up with a re­ally in­ter­est­ing cast of peo­ple.”

Maidment promised he would be back in Perth for Fringe World 2017 and was “just putting the icing on the cake of some­thing new”.

“Limbo might also be re­turn­ing too since ev­ery­one loved it so much,” he said.

Con­tor­tion­ist and clown Spencer Novich (cen­tre) will bring some pop to Blanc de Blanc.

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