In 2013, I had the good fortune of working front of house when Spiegelword brought its show Empire to Melbourne’s Crown Casino. I was able to repeatedly watch a variety of world-class artists performing in some highly skillful and often death-defying acts, which also proved to be an exhilarating experience for audience members. Fast forward three years and Spiegelworld have returned their spiegeltent to the Crown Casino rooftop with Absinthe.
Inspired by cabarets of late-19th century Europe, Absinthe is a variety of burlesque, circus, song and dance that will appeal to everyone. Given the theme of the show and the physique and strengths of the performers, there is also quite a bit of flesh on display and plenty of sexual innuendo and some not so subtle sexual humour by the hosts, The Gazillionaire and his sidekick Penny Pibbets.