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Feast Festival steps out for Adventures in Wonderland
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Feast Festival steps out for Adventures in Wonderland

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 03 July 2014 11:33 Written by // Ron Hughes

Feast Festival has announced the line-up for its mid-winter fundraising ball, Feast’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The evening will feature seven-piece band The Mad Hatters, who have been assembled especially for the evening by musical virtuoso Barnabas Smith. The Mad Hatters’ line-up includes smooth vocals, double bass, keys, drums, guitar, shiny sax and horn and they will be delivering the best dancing swing, jazz, rock ’n’ roll and 80s hits as the evening progresses.

The organisers encourage people to frock up in their most imaginative garb, and come as ‘mad’ or ‘queer’ as they like. Hats and masks are also encouraged but the most important thing is that people bring their dancing shoes.

Feast artistic director Catherine Fitzgerald quotes Lewis Carroll’s immortal Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:

"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

“Some people love dressing up at a themed party whereas others may feel intimidated,” Fitzgerald tells Blaze.

“Feast’s Adventures in Wonderland offers people the choice of pushing the Alice in Wonderland theme as far or as little as they like. You can dress to the nines in your best ballroom dance gear, or wear comfy dancing gear, you can come as a crazy, over-the-top Mad Hatter, Alice, White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts… You can come in your PJs if you like.

“Hats and masks are encouraged, so if you come in your PJs you may want to don a mask. We just want as many people as possible to get on their dancing shoes and hit the dancefloor.”

People can bring their own suppers or pre-order by the week before and have supper ready made at the venue. There will be prizes for best supper and best costume for those who have a competitive streak.

Feast’s Adventures in Wonderland will be held at the Wonderland Ballroom, which features a beautiful dancefloor and plenty of table space to mingle. Full bar facilities are available, so no BYO as the Festival relies on bar sales to raise much-needed funds.

Keeping to the theme, Fitzgerald can’t resist quoting Carroll’s ‘Lobster Quadrille’:

Will you walk a little faster?' said a whiting to a snail,
'There's a porpoise close behind us and he's treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle – will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?

[Image] Merry revellers at last year’s winter ball

Feast in Wonderland, July 26, 2014, 7pm to midnight, Wonderland Ballroom, 126 Belair Rd, Hawthorn (5 minutes out of the CBD). Tickets $30 full $20 concession feast.org.au

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Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes is the editor of SA's only LGBTI magazine, blaze.

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