Cirque Bon Bon is a delicious treat!

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Cirque Bon Bon opened at Adelaide Cabaret Festival Wednesday night. Audiences were in for a treat with Australia’s, and arguably the world’s, premier circus artists dazzling and delighting us.

Cirque Bon Bon

Women in baby pink leotards and shawls, one in matching knee-high feathered legs arrive on stage with men all dressed in black. The show opens with a dance number.


Mario, Queen of the Circus (read our interview with him here) is the MC of the show, strutting on stage with his cropped, fitted leather jacket, leather pants and topped off with a leather cap. A huge fan of Queen, his acts all performed to Queen songs. His signature act, juggling to Another one bites the dust is even better when witnessed live (but YouTube of it here). 


He engages with, and warms up the crowd, even pulling up two “unwilling” audience members (he jokes that he wasn’t looking for willing volunteers) to assist him on stage throughout the performance. 

Cirque Bon Bon
Image: Claudio Raschella

A true variety show with jaw-dropping aerial feats, contortionism, dance and roller-blading, Cirque Bon Bon has something for everyone. They had the audience in the palm of their hand – we would cringe occasionally, fearful that the performer may fall from their very high position way above the stage (kudos to the spectacular male aerial performer, particularly the coat-rack number) or in awe at the skill of the performers. The duo on rollerblades performed feats, and bent in ways we didn’t know possible. 


A simple set saw props rolled out as they were needed but the lighting added to the spectacular nature of the show. You easily forgot you were in the Space Theatre. 


Every single act in the show was as good as the last but we felt a little sorry for the fantastic man with his large hoop who followed the extraordinary contortionist archer as that was a very hard act to follow. Those familiar with La Soirée will remember the sexy bath man who performs aerial tricks above and over the water filled bath. Always an audience favourite, it was the perfect number to close out the delicious night that was Cirque Bon Bon

Image: Claudio Raschella

Cirque Bon Bon has only four remaining shows, across today and tomorrow, and we highly recommend you get along to see it. You won’t be disappointed!


Matilda Marseillaise was a guest of Adelaide Cabaret Festival



WHAT: Cirque Bon Bon at Adelaide Cabaret Festival

WHERE: Space Theatre, Adelaide

WHEN: Only 4 shows remain:

  • Saturday 18 June 2022, 6:15PM
  • Saturday 18 June 2022, 9:15PM
  • Sunday 19 June 2022, 3:30PM
  • Sunday 19 June 2022, 6:30PM

HOW: Purchase your tickets via this link: 

HOW MUCH: Ticket prices (exclusive of transaction fee) are as follows:

  • Premium Adult $89.00
  • A Reserve Adult$79.00
  • Under 30 $30.00



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Mario, Queen of the Circus invites you to Cirque Bon Bon

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French links in Adelaide Fringe performers

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Last week we told you about shows with French themes at Adelaide Fringe 2022, this week we’re telling you about French links in Adelaide Fringe performers.

Adelaide Fringe performers




Garry Starr - Adelaide Fringe performersGarry Starr: Greece Lightning

FRENCH LINK: Damien Warren-Smith, aka Garry Starr, retrained as a clown at École Philippe Gaulier in Paris

An overzealous idiot attempts to perform all of Greek Mythology in less than 60 minutes in order to save his Hellenic homeland from economic ruin.

Never before has Medusa been looser, Achilles more sillies, or Uranus so heinous.


Lucy and Me - Adelaide Fringe performersLucy and Me

FRENCH LINK: Nicolas Angelosanto (see Plastica Fantastica below) is a professionally trained idiot under the clown stylings of Philippe Gaulier in France.

Join Sphenn, a man, and his best friend Lucy, a beautiful 1950’s red bicycle, on a sublime comedy journey into a world of absurdity and daily shenanigans as they tackle their problems with a pazaz and style only capable from the most majestic of idiots.


Manbo - Adelaide Fringe performersMANBO

FRENCH LINK: Sam Dugmore studied at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris. This is also where he met the other members of The Latebloomers, an international company of performers from the UK, Sweden, and Australia.

MANBO is one of the greatest action heroes of all time. He must un-earth his ruthless man skills to confront his greatest nemesis…himself. A deadly mission filled with calamity, 80’s workout montage, explosions, evil Russians, suppressed raw emotion, and a dog called Fluffy.

One-man vs himself.


Plastica FantasticaPlastica Fantastica

FRENCH LINK: Show performer Jennifer and show director Nicolas (see Lucy and Me above) started work on the show when studying with Philippe Gaulier at his school in France.

Read our review of this show from Adelaide Fringe 2020 here

A one-woman comedy show about a woman who is addicted to plastic but falls to pieces when she discovers she’s allergic to it!




artistes de l'Adelaide FringeKym Purling & Co. in Music on the Menu

FRENCH LINK: Kym Purling is based between Paris and New York

A dinner and a show experience at Luigi Delicatessen of Kym Purling, one of Australia’s biggest musical exports. Best known for his work as a jazz pianist, a conductor for Broadway shows and musical director and pianist for vocal legends such as Engelbert Humperdinck and Natalie Cole, he returns to Australia after 24 years performing across 144 countries.


These will be the first Adelaide Fringe shows for the New York and Paris based entertainer as well as the first time he’s sung on stage in Australia.


artistes de l'Adelaide FringeClassique Nu

FRENCH LINK: Shakti is French speaking and has performed Classique Nu at Avignon Festival

Classique Nu is dance in its purest form.

The eternal classical western music that never ages with time and the beauty and vulnerability of the human body and soul are portrayed in this piece.

Shakti dances in the nude with an interpretation full of serenity, emotion and beauty to the classical music. Her sculpturesque postures are reminiscent of the Hindu temples and imagine a goddess descending from the heavens.


artistes de l'Adelaide FringeBiddy O’Loughlin: Funny girl, sad songs

FRENCH LINK: Biddy O’Loughlin lived in a castle in France

Biddy O’Loughlin weaves her story through dark, dry stand up and sweet, sad songs.

She’s lived in a castle in France and the gutters of LA. From busking on streets all over the world to giving birth in her hometown, there is a lot to talk and sing about.


Just like old times

FRENCH LINK: Brendan O’Donnell and Peri Strathearn were stuck in a tiny French village in 2002

Brendan O’Donnell and Peri Strathearn, from the band The Ides, reunite for their first gig in seven years. Expect original songs from their old band, described as “sitcom-theme piano pop”; tracks they listened to on a Sony Discman while stuck in a tiny French village in 2002; and some recreational reminiscing.

Which shows are you going to see at Adelaide Fringe 2021?


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