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Occult Impresarios


Occult Impresarios 

Brisbane Powerhouse & Albert and Valentine

Brisbane Powerhouse Graffiti Room

December 10 – 13 2015


Reviewed by Meredith Walker




Cabaret stars Tom Albert and Samuel Valentine, renowned for their Short+Sweet winning work Dirty Sexy Politics, last seen in June’s Queensland Cabaret Festival, are back with a new scheme to attain wealth and power. This time they’re turning to the dark side with comical attempt to talk to the dead in Occult Impresarios


Whether believer or not, audiences members are sure to be entertained by the work, which uses pace to engaging effect,examining the role that séance plays in the modern world by showing what an early-19th century colonial administrator, a disgraced scientist, a prominent British author and a distant relative all might have in common. From card tricks to spirit slates, blankets and mediums, the show has everything to be expected from the dark and magic arts, all revealed with tongue-in-cheek tone. And the spookily lit and soundtracked Brisbane Powerhouse Graffiti Room setting also suits the context, making moments of audience interaction appear as intimate as the show’s séance silences.


As impresarios, Albert and Valentine’s power is great. They are both talented performers who have an engaging charisma that welcomes audience participation and when appearance is that Valentine is being tortured towards other-world admission, audience members become torn between wanting to shirk away from the view or look on, entranced.




Far from your everyday theatre experience, Occult Impresarios has a curious appeal.


The premise is not only interesting, but is perfect for larger than life examination as the duo guides the audience through the supernatural using ‘magic’ trickery. And its hour-long running time will find itself flying by in audience absorption of its revelations as much as its entertainment.




Queensland Cabaret Festival opens tonight!


We’re sending the lucky winners of our double passes to ABSINTHE tonight!

Have fun, Chris, Tara and Gail!


Meanwhile, in New Farm…



Queensland Cabaret Festival opens at Brisbane Powerhouse TONIGHT!






Tonight’s Voices of Vice lineup features a mouth-watering feast of festival performers and local legends including Bethan Ellsmore, Dirty Sexy Politics, Cienda McNamara, Tyrone Noonan, Alison St Ledger, Lizzie Moore, Sandro Colarelli, Greg Bird, Rebecca Grennan, David Megarrity and Bridget Boyle.



Feel free to flaunt your bad habits, perversions, and licentiousness in our den of iniquity where too much is never enough. Indulge in this celebration of tantalising transgressions, which are guaranteed to be delightful, delicious and a little bit wrong.



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In the immortal words of Tom Waits, “There ain’t no Devil, there’s just God when he’s drunk” so leave your better angels at the door – we won’t tell if you won’t!