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From Adelaide to Melbourne to Tasmania!


I haven't had time at all to update the website - i've been run off my feet managing The Imaginarium - our fantastic comedy venue at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

While I was there I somehow found some time to get in a gig as "The Most Awful Men in History" at the Fringe Club with Samora Squid. Our show teaches how to kill people with household objects as a way of curbing overpopulation. It went down a treat :D

Samora and I also scared the shit out of a lucky audience at The Late Show with our amazing rock n roll machismo aka the most homo erotic Knife Throwing act ever. It had to be done - it was Clipsal weekend and listening to AC/DC just makes me want to kiss men.

And then from Adelaide to Melbourne, on no sleep, I set up some of our

carnival games and fairy floss, and then MC-ed a stage at the Sydney Rd Street Party here in lovely Brunswick. I also got to perform my upside down straitjacket escape 8m high in front of my 3.5yr old daughter for the first time, which was amazing! Here's a great photo of Zak Pidd rocking the Highstriker!

Tomorrow i'll be heading down to Tasmania to appear at the second Festival Called Panama. It's an amazing lineup, run by incredible people and held on beautiful land. Hopefully some of you have tickets, and I'll see you there! We are performign Saturday and Sunday night in the Bedoin Tent .

Stay Freaky folks!


Getting Naked at the Fairground

It's been a great few weeks gigging around Melbourne. Rainbow Serpent was a hoot, and I loved seeing Lulu's new venue "The Strumpet" in full swing. I busted out a last minute sideshow routine after one of the performers fell through, hammering 7 nail into my cranium that had been hastily pulled (and sterilised) from the toolbox beneath the trailer! When there's a will there's a way, and a carny can always entertain :D

Spruiking at Rainbow Serpent
Men Getting naked for Art and Money was up next in the heart of Collingwood. The 86 is the renamed NeverWhere which used to be a sultry little drag venue and now plays host to queer events and great decor. Shame the bar staff are so rude! Tip to the wise - when a show has just packed your bar to the rafters for over 4 hours, entertained them, encouraged them to drink and thanked you on-stage - don't be a bitch to the performers afterwards. Not cool. But the show was excellent! I'm still waiting on photo evidence but I had one ofthe best crowdsurfs of my entire career - 8 naked men bore me aloft from the stage to the bar and back, grinnign all the while. These were audience members who were so into the show that they just had to participate by shedding clothing. Love it!

And then last weekend I performed at the Fairground Speakeasy - a fundraiser for Loki Rickus' research project into access and equity in the performing arts for artists living and working with disability. It was an incredible show, featuring living legends such as Kim Kaos and Annie and Maude Davey, as well as beautiful upstarts including Emma J Hawkins, Raven and the Strawberry Siren. I was super excited to have Emma ask me to perform her comical duo Ballerina act with her - and it was hilarious! Hopefully we'll get another chance to do it soon.

This weekend (13, 14, 15th Feb) the Snuff Puppets show/installation Everybody opens at SummerSalt, on Dodd st in Melbourne CBD. We'll be setting up the worlds largest human puppet for three days of performance. Come down and check it out!

And then it will be on to Adelaide, where i'll be helping run The Imaginarium in the Garden of Unearthly Delights, and performing in pop up spots around the Fringe. More news on that to come. See you at a show somewhere! And remember - take it easy - but take it!




Captain Ruin, Ell Bella and Bam Bam are roaring in to Adelaide to scandalise and amaze with THE SYNDICATE!

Presented in the beautiful and historic wooden tent, Le Cascadeur, The Syndicate is this years hot ticket in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. Featuring death defying sideshow, bent burlesque, daring circus stunts and mystifying magic, this is a show that will have all Adelaide talking! So don't miss out! Check out more amazing images from the show in the "images" section above, and then pre book tickets here.

Are you ready to be initiated?

14th Feb - 2nd March (no show Mon/Tues)
10.45pm (60 minutes)
Le Cascadeur, The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Rundle Park, Adelaide


Brand New Show- THE SYNDICATE!

Thats right manly ladies and gentle lads, Captain Ruin has a brand new show coming up this month in Melbourne!

Are you ready to be initiated? Come, step into a dark world of mystery with The Syndicate – a racy, late night sideshow sensation featuring acclaimed purveyors of the weird and wonderful. The deviously charming CAPTAIN RUIN, circus dare devil ELL BELLA and Madame of the macarbe - BAM BAM. Having scandalized audiences around Australia, now it’s Melbourne’s turn to be intrigued and entertained by a classic combination of DANGER! SEX! MAGIC! and PAIN!. With sinister skills designed to shock and amaze these three acclaimed performers tear through an hour of deadly delights - circus, cabaret, sideshow, magic and comedy! Howl at the moon and join The Syndicate for a night out in the underground that you’ll never forget!

Tickets are now on sale - get em here!