I have the extreme honour and pleasure of performing alongside some of Melbourne’s coolest rock bands. Music, glitter, glam and circus in the gorgeous Melba Spiegeltent. What a great gig!
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
Of mine? I really enjoyed performing my neon bubble girl rollerskating act recently as part of ‘Retro Futurismus’ (future variety show) at the Sydney Festival. It’s a very cathartic piece where I get to skate over bubble wrap to ‘Fuck Love’ by Iggy Azalea.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote…
I was once shared a dressing room with Sir Ian McKellen (of whom I am a big fan). He sat in a chair in the corner of the room quietly sipping a latte. His PA told me not to ask him about ‘Lord of the Rings’ and to try and resist talking to him at all for that matter. To be fair it was at the height of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy release so who could blame him from wanting a bit of respite from being called ‘Gandalf.’
What, or who, inspires you?
At the moment I’m inspired by my fierce and talented female artist friends and activists – Tai Snaith, Gabi Barton, Emma Peel, Lisa Lottie, Freya Edney, Vexta, Maude and Anni Davey, Liz Skitch, Emma Maye (Sydney), Sarah Ward and Bron Batten to name a few. Look up their work and support local talent. Melbourne is brimming with it.
How would you describe your performance style in food form and why?
Bloody Mary – spicey, zesty, evokative, unapologetic and remedial.
What’s next for you?
I’m having a lot of fun rehearsing my new kids show ‘Super Amazing Giant Girl’ for the Adelaide Fringe and I will be making a small appearance in something exciting I can’t talk about yet. Stay tuned!
What’s your scene?
My ideal scene is to be in a bar full of Alt-vaudeville, Fringe Dwelling, Power-mama, Feminist-Iconoclasts drinking Martinis.
About Anna Lumb
Internationally acclaimed as the flame-haired Pocket Rocket, Anna Lumb is a performer, actor and theatre maker specialising in circus and physical comedy. She’s appeared in world famous variety shows includ- ing La Soiree, New York’s Absinthe, Finucane and Smith’s The Bur- lesque Hour and Glory Box. Anna is co-collaborator and star performer of new future variety show Retro Futurismus and a regular guest at Dark Mofo, Mona Foma, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and more. She’s also Peaches’ performer of choice, and has travelled the world to share the stage with her. Anna will be flying on the trapeze, hula hooping and attempting other deft defying stunts during Spiegel Rock.
About Spiegel Rock
Imagine the Melba Spiegeltent covered in glitter. Now add three rock ‘n’ roll bands, a jazz singer, a trapeze artist, circus acts and a ringmaster. Turn the volume up to 11 and you’ve got a pretty good idea what Spiegel Rock is about: Music. Glamour. Circus. Sparkles – In that order.
Brought to you by the team that presented 2016’s sell-out Reservoir Stomp, Spiegel Rock will set the scene for live collaboration between rock bands and circus performers on Sat 18th Feb under the roof of the historic Melba Spiegeltent in Johnston Street, Collingwood (right next to the Tote). It’ll be spontaneous, it’ll be bedazzling, and it’ll be wild. In fact, it might just be the wildest thing that’s ever happened inside its mirrored walls.
The Melba Spiegeltent has had a rich history – built in Belgium in 1910 (originally called The Bacaladera), it travelled across Europe and hosted numerous legends including France’s national chanteuse, Edith Piaf. In 2006 it migrated to Australia. On Saturday 18 February, the Spiegeltent will throw open its beveled doors and let the music rattle its stain-glass windows and shake its wooden joinery to the core.
Saturday 18 February Spiegel Rock
The Melba Spiegeltent
35 Johnston St Collingwood
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