Long after Melbourne has drifted off to sleep, the Spiegeltent is still filling the night with colour and music. Your Mistress of Ceremonies, Ali McGregor, partnered with her sort-of faithful butler Saxon (the tower of comedic power, Asher Treleaven) showcase some of the best comedy, sketch, music, cabaret and circus acts both within and outside the festival lineup.
Between acts, Ali performs her own take on popular classics with operatic vocal gymnastics far too big for the tiny Spiegeltent to contain. Unlike most variety shows, she hand-picks her acts - loving and adoring them all, showing them here so we may love and adore them as well.
This was my first time at this show, and I'm enchanted. See you there next year.