Review: Empire

Review: Empire

CREATED ON // Tuesday, 14 January 2014 Author // Cec Busby

Empire’s performers astound with eye popping spectacles at the revival of this popular Spiegelworld show. Cec Busby reports.

Hedonistic, celebratory, death defying... Spiegelworld’s Empire has returned to Sydney and audiences can expect a night of dazzling debauchery as the performers re-invent the circus genre for the 21st century.

These sexy and daring entertainers smash the boundaries of traditional vaudeville and circus fare to deliver a show that at times, will quite simply, take your breath away.

Taking place under the canopy of the gorgeous 700-seat Spiegeltent, the show kicks off with a dreamy performance by Miss A, who dazzles the crowd with acrobatic manoeuvres whilst hoisted above the audience in a Perspex bubble. As she twists and turns high above us, bubbles begin to cascade from the ceiling, setting the tone for the evening’s proceedings.

Just as we are swooning under her spell, enter stage left, husband and wife duo Oscar and Fanny who act as the shows MCs. A raunchy couple, unafraid of nudity and prepared to drag the audience in on the shenanigans, (however reluctant their volunteers) Fanny and Oscar provide many of the show’s highlights.

Other standouts include: Black Flintstone and Big Mac Boy – who turn the humble juggling act into high art, as Black Flintstone tumbles Big Mac Boy through a series of flips that will astound. The Gorilla Girls also ramp things up with their sexy take on team tumbling and the final performer delivers a balancing act like none I’ve ever seen...

Brash, irreverent, stupefying, Empire is a must see.

Empire plays at the Spiegeltent at the Showring, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, until February 16.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of

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