Supercharged kids circus Brat Kids Carnival is taking over the Miami Marketta laneway this September School Holidays.
Miami Marketta is providing parental refuge this September with its first ever school holiday program, and boy it’s a doozy. Brat Kids Carnival, presented by Miami Marketta, Briefs Factory, Cluster Arts & Mess on Top, is a high-energy, supercharged circus and variety show for all the mischief-makers, mini masterminds, misfits and their grown-ups.
The show will deliver a surprise bag of acts including daredevil party tricks, aerialists hanging from the rafters, eye-popping stunts, hula-hoops spinning at top speed, pumping disco tracks, extreme glitter, confetti cannons and mess. So much mess!
The big brats behind Brat Kids Carnival are the Queensland company Briefs Factory, a company inspired by crimes of pop culture, the artistry of drag, the guts of circus, the showmanship of burlesque, rituals of theatre, the celebration of identity, visibility and diversity. Normally they would be dominating the Summer stages of European festivals however thanks to COVID-19, they find themselves in right state for the Gold Coast school holidays. So a big win for local audiences there!
Artist Director of Briefs Factory International Fez Fa’anana and Miami Marketta program producer Natalie Lidgerwood gave us a quick sneak peek behind the scenes of the big event.
Is there an act you’re particularly excited for?
Brat Kids is high energy and a visual overload from start to finish. ‘King of Burlesque’ Mark ‘Captain Kidd’ Winmill and Fez – with their treasure trove of brat antics – have scooped up a few amazing Queensland artists who you’d normally only find performing in nocturnal hours including Jaimi Luhrmann of Blanc de Blanc with her mega balloon trick and Danik Abishev of LIMBO, hand stand extraordinaire.
We’re also pretty stoked to be engaging with local Aboriginal artists Libby Harward and Thomas E.S Kelly to lead and share local knowledge as part of the day. Thomas will open the event on Monday with his Shake-a-Leg workshop.
This seems to be a perfect example of a “silver lining” during COVID, with such world-class performers available to entertain on home soil. What are your thoughts on that?
Those involved in the arts and creative industries are a resilient bunch. We’re very familiar with re-devising our work and productions to find ways to keep alive, stay relevant, be innovative and keep the conversation flowing! The restrictions on venues (both independent and subsidised) due to COVID certainly isn’t making it easy for artists, however it has given us a chance to re-group and re-connect with local artists, venues and producers. Audiences should keep an eye on what the Briefs Factory are up to. We’ve been collaborating with some truly unique Queensland musicians lately and we look forward to unleashing that very soon… hopefully on the Gold Coast too.
Is there anything else you’d like people to know?
This is Miami Marketta’s first School Holiday program and they look forward to really developing a program for the kiddos of the coast for now and into the future. Natalie is devoted to ensuring our next generation are exposed at an early age to high quality, engaging, diverse live performance! The arts is what makes for a stronger more socially savvy society. So Marketta and Briefs are calling on the Aunts, Uncles, Mums, Dads, Nans and Pops who love live performance to use this chance to take kids to quality entertainment right here in their own backyard! Oh ad get in quick… COVID restrictions mean limited capacity so book in ASAP!
Put on your party outfit and join the Brat Kids Carnival Sunday 27 and Monday 28 September. The Miami Marketta laneway will be open across Sunday and Monday, with music pumping, dining tables galore and aalll the tasty treats that big and little brats like.
Shows: 11:30am + 2:00pm Sunday 27 + Monday 28 September.
Duration: show 50min.
Tickets: $27.50 each + table booking fee (Table reservations only to comply with the venue’s COVID safe policy )