Neal Webb is on fire. His company Energy Entertainments is not only putting on public performances during the Commonwealth Games, but also has a BMX fire video, documentary project, Buskers by the Creek partnership and private performances all in the works for 2018. Phew! You could forgive Neal for trying to slow down a little. Rest is not on the cards though, with a new partnership already wowing crowds at NightQuarter. Called NightQuarter Spectacular, the main stage events bring together an exciting array of performing arts and street acts every Friday and Saturday night during the popular weekend night markets. As a fire performer himself, Neal is no stranger to the craft and its inherent risks, so we asked him to tell us a little bit more about what’s happening. From a safe distance, of course.
So tell us about your new project with NightQuarter! How did it all come about?
I have been working with NightQuarter, providing entertainment since the opening night back in November 2015. The very first theme that NightQuarter asked me to organise entertainment for, was ‘Coming to Life’. When I first visited the space it felt like something out of Berlin in Germany, with its industrial look and artistic, urban feel. I wanted to create a natural spectacle within this shipping container village, so I provided stilt walking performers dressed as trees roving through the market streets, handing out apples to visitors and tribal fire dancers accompanied by percussionists at the door to greet the guests and media on arrival. We also choreographed a tribal fire show and created a large fire sign with the words ‘NightQuarter’ along with their logo, which we set alight throughout the evening.
Since the opening night, my company Energy Entertainments has had the opportunity to perform for various events at NightQuarter and has always provided a safe and exciting show. I believe communication is the key to a successful relationship and I know this was a strong reason why NightQuarter asked me to create NightQuarter Spectacular with them.
It’s cool I have the opportunity to work alongside and showcase the best talent we have in our area. Every Friday and Saturday night at 6.30pm on the main stage, we present a different, thrilling show. So far we have seen; circus acts, comedy acrobatics, fire shows, aerial performances, dance routines, chainsaw juggling…and that’s just in the first month! It has been a lot of fun collaborating with the performers, sound and lighting guys and the NightQuarter team.
We have been mixing up the theme, lighting and stage props each evening and displaying an awesome backdrop designed by local artist, Dion Parker aka DionsRibs. We’ve created intro announcements and exciting videos to build the atmosphere before the show begins, inviting the audience to prepare for a spectacular stage show.
It’s a great opportunity to invite local performers and specialty acts to share their show on big stage for the public to watch on a regular basis. It has also been a really good feeling to be able to ask the performers to create something new and encourage them to put together their best show to date. We could all use a reason to add a little drive in our lives.
Sounds like a great way to get a great variety of performing artists into the public eye on a regular basis. Can you tell us about some of the artists you will be featuring in April?
We’ve booked some great entertainment for April and May and some of their bios are below:
The Physical Comedy of James Lamont, performing acrobatics, feats of strength and balance, razor sharp juggling and unicycle antics.
The Ladies of the Lounge, a dance performance company mixing the ancient feminine art form with modern interpretations – expect the unexpected!
Rhett Morrow presents the Kaboodle Circus Show. Rhett is eccentric, bubbly, crazy and extremely funny. Combining unicycle antics, balance acro, juggling and comedy, kids and adults will love this wacky performer as he blows their minds!
Asher Bowen-Saunders, dancer and aerialist, explores the magic and loneliness of the life of a vagabond with the spirit of a child. Caught between the worlds of reality and imagination as a young boy drifts through time; walking alone as his day slides into night.
Matthew Acro Swan will be clowning around on stage while performing acrobatics, juggling acts and slapstick comedy that will make young and old cry with laughter.
Also on the cards: a Parkour free-running dance group; a breathtaking break dancing performance; glow performances; stunt shows from Joel Fenton the Idiot Stuntman and Bryce Watts cracking out flaming whips and Michael Jackson dance moves.
I’ll also be performing my high-energy fire shows on a regular basis at NightQuarter Spectacular. Expect the funkiest upbeat tunes and dance, tribal fire and percussion performances, duo collaborations with Ruby Ripe on our 1920s glamour show, Spanish fire dance, disco madness, martial art shows and a whole lot more! We’ll be keeping it fresh, so come down and check out the shows.
So far we have had some amazing feedback and the audience is growing every week. I’m planning on increasing the production at NightQuarter Spectacular and creating a full night of diverse high-energy entertainment with the best specialty act stage performers I can find. Stay tuned because it’s coming soon!
Neal would love to hear from any performer that has a show to share and would like to be part of NightQuarter Spectacular. Visit energyentertainments.com.au to find out how, and check out nightquarter.com.au to keep up to date with all the haps.