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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11 shows with French themes to see at Adelaide Fringe 2022

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Adelaide Fringe 2022 sees a return to international performers but it is still very much the local acts who are putting on shows with French links. This year there is a heavy focus on music and cabaret with some theatre and comedy in the mix as well. Read on to find out about the shows with French themes.

Adelaide Fringe 2022



A night in ParisAdelaide Fringe 2022 - Louise Blackwell

Adelaide Fringe favourite, Louise Blackwell and the French Set transport you to Paris with an afternoon of French chanson interspersed with tales of Louise’s time in Paris.

With a four-piece all-star band featuring Mark Ferguson on piano, Julian Ferraretto on violin, John Aué on double bass and Joshua Baldwin on drums, Louise Blackwell and the French Set perform songs by the great artists of French popular music including Edith Piaf, Léo Ferré, Georges Brassens, Barbara, Charles Trenet, Jacques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg. on this evening of French chanson.

Read our review of A night in Paris from Adelaide Fringe 2021


Baby et Lulu

Baby et Lulu finally return to Trinity Sessions on their Album Trois tour. Expect a celebration of love, life and passion… with a sultry, sometimes outrageous French accent from this faux-French pair and their formidable band.

Read our interview with Lara Goodridge, aka Lulu


Adelaide Fringe - Chansons de Jacques BrelChansons de Jacques Brel

Australian actor and singer John Waters performs the songs of the iconic Belgian crooner, Jacques Brel.

Read our interview with John Waters



Adelaide Fringe 2022 - DisenchantedDisenchanted: A cabaret of twisted fairy tales

Why was the Wolf in Grandma’s bed? Did Sleeping Beauty have an opinion on consent? Were the ugly sisters’ feet really that big? And what does a goose have to do with the French revolution? Join vivacious Madame d’Aulnoy in her 17th century Paris salon, to hear the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the twisted truth about fairy tales.


Jacques and Madeleine

Adelaide Fringe 2022 will see the final instalment in the emotional love journey of Jacques and Madeleine as told thorough songs sung by Les Flâneurs Volants. Expect “more French, Quebecois and Cajun songs than you can point a baguette at.

Read our interview with Les Flâneurs Volants from Fringe 2021


Marvellous Music at Mary Mags

The first of a set of three concerts of choral music at Mary Magdalene’s church in Adelaide is entitled “Songs of Longing and Belonging”. In this 27 February performance, you can expect to hear choral gems from mediaeval England, renaissance France and right through to contemporary outback Australia.




Adelaide Fringe 2022- Blanc de Blanc encoreBlanc de Blanc Encore

Enter Blanc de Blanc’s glitzy, glamorous & extravagant world of vintage French flair, risqué humour, spectacular aerials, sparkling comedy and big dance numbers.




Rouge is circus for grown-ups. Michaela Burger, who you may have seen in her Helpmann Award winning Exposing Edith show about Edith Piaf, sings in French and in English in operatic cabaret style completing this line-up of acrobatics and tongue in cheek burlesque.




Talk Dirty, Stay Classy

A night of laughter as you learn an f*-load of your favourite swear words in French. Shows are loud, rude, and hilariously fun.

Read our interview with Arnaud, teacher of this French swearing class here

Read our review of the show from the Adelaide Fringe 2019 here



Of AuburnAdelaide Fringe 2022

Of Auburn written by Steven Oppes of Les Flâneurs Volants, weaves together the life and poetry of CJ Dennis.  With the narration of WW1 nurse Madge Yeatman, the performance stirs emotions through theatre, poetry, personal testimony, live music and AV technology to tell the stories of Dennis and the women of World War I.




Originally slated to be part of the Adelaide Fringe program, French troupe Les Commandos Percus will now bring their unique percussion, fireworks and pyrotechnics masterpiece to Australia in October.


For other events with French links happening in Australia and online this month, take a look at our What’s on in February 2022 article


Which shows are you planning to see at Adelaide Fringe 2022?



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