In 1855, the wildest showgirl of the 19th century, Lola Montez, toured Australia and its goldfields. The scandal is legend.
Written by award-winning playwright Jackie Smith and directed by world famous cabaret star Moira Finucane comes the tale of the woman who horsewhipped the editor of the Ballarat Times for a bad review. Her erotic Spider Dance was “the most libertinish and indelicate performance that could be given on the public stage” (Sydney Morning Herald, 1855). She swung down mineshafts on a single rope with a flute of champagne in her hand. She escaped arrest dressed only in her jewels.
Revel in a tale woven by award-winning actress (and direct descendant of Lola herself) Caroline Lee, and smoking hot chanteuse Clare St Clare.
Created in partnership with Her Majesty’s Ballarat.
This project is supported by Creative Victoria.
Warning: Contains haze effects, nudity, adult themes, full frontal nudity
“There’s really no adequate way of explaining these spectaculars to those yet to witness one, and those who have won’t forget it in a hurry... seductive, subversive and bursting at the seams with monstrous talent” – The Age
“Smith’s handling of the form is masterful... you have to see this, it’s Australian theatre that speaks from the heart of the country.” – MCV