It’s just around the corner, Gold Coast; the launch of one of the most hotly anticipated entertainment venues our city has ever seen. The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub opening night is all locked in for Thursday 22 August. And the owners have recently announced show-stopping original masterpiece, SUAVÉ, as the show that will be kicking things off with a bang.
The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub is all set to position itself as THE regular stage show venue of choice, packed to the brim with eye-popping spectacle and the best cabaret talent on offer. A touch of sass, a sprinkling of sexy and a whole lotta sophistication are heading to the glittering shores of Broadbeach this winter when The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub unveils SUAVÉ upon unsuspecting crowds. Co-owner Susan Porrett chats to us fresh from viewing a rehearsal, and she sounds pumped.
“We just watched some of the acts – their full routines – and it was actually mind blowing,” she gushes. “Some of the acts are next-level incredible, really. I’ve been around the world a few times and seen a few acts!” Sue laughs.
That’s an understatement. Best known as CEO, Co-founder and Producer of award-winning creative powerhouse event company Aerial Angels, Sue has over 20 years’ experience in all forms of live shows and theatre. Having toured the world as both a sought after aerial performer and producer, she now devotes her time to creating hundreds of modern, state of the art stage spectaculars in Australia and around the world.
It’s this experience and the connections she’s made along the way that have enabled her to pull together the extraordinary team behind SUAVÉ, including renowned choreographer Anthony Ikin, and some of the world’s best cabaret performers.
“We have got quite a large pool of performers that know the work and shows we have done around the world,” Sue explains. “So when you get to this level and have a good reputation, you can get a wonderful selection of artists to choose from.”
The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub will have a state-of-the-art four metre diametre stage set amongst lavish pretty-in-pink surroundings, creating a unique, up close boutique viewing experience for guests. The show backdrop is a 20-metre custom designed LED screen allowing amazing visual effects to be projected throughout the performance. It’s topped off with a state-of-the-art music system.
“The process has been interesting because I’ve had to choose performers for a small stage,” says Sue. “This is about 15% of the size of the stages I normally work on so that’s been a little bit tricky, but really challenging and fun!”
The Pink Flamingo is being branded as the World’s First Spiegelclub on the Gold Coast, a place where mind-blowing acrobatics, daring aerial feats, laugh-out-loud comedy, and unbelievable cirque acts combine with singing, dancing and a splash of saucy scandal, just for good measure. It was a passion project for Sue and also for Co-owner Tony Rigas, who has had a hand in some of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach’s hottest nightspots including Shooters, Quest Lounge Bar, and Opium.
“I’ve been whinging for years that there’s been no really strong entertainment venues on the Gold Coast,” Sue pauses and chuckles. “It’s quite well known that I’ve whinged about this!”
“We’ve got Outback Spectacular and Dracula’s, but there’s nothing really adulty, drinky, high end, plush, Vegas-style. Something you take your first date out on and something to celebrate an important anniversary – apart from a lovely restaurant – so for me I believe this was a niche in the market that hadn’t been jumped on.”
The finer details of SUAVÉ are being kept tightly under wraps, and Sue is clearly well-practiced at keeping vague when I press her about it.
“It’s absolutely a mix of cabaret, a huge cirque element, the Vegas dancer theme throughout, and vocals and beautiful aerialists. It features many talented artists from different countries.”
One of the more unique and exciting aspects of The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub is its capacity to switch from lavish theatre to glittering nightclub, all in one night.
“We turn into an incredible late night venue afterwards,” Sue buzzes. “The late night venue is still an entertainment venue – there’ll be shows all through the night, 12am 1am, 2am. We’ll have aerial acrobats, singers, dancers, and top international DJs once we’re up and running. The club is going to be incredible – we’ll have special effects, confetti, smoke machines, and some big acts going into it.
“We want people to come back to Broadbeach and we want them to go out and go to the restaurants in the precincts,” Sue continues. “They can have a beautiful grazing platter with us after or before the show. Then come back to the after party at 11 and keep on going!”
Local performer Jane McPhee is one of the professional dancers locked in for SUAVÉ during its 12 month run at the new venue. Back teaching dance on the Gold Coast following years doing shows at Moulin Rouge in Paris, Jane has also seen her fair share of the world’s best cabaret entertainment. I try to prise a little more information from her about what to expect from the show and her role in it, without much luck. She’s far too professional to give the game away.
“My interpretation of the show is that it’s beautifully sensual. It’s sophisticated but cheeky, with quite a lot of humour, it’ll be something really revolutionary for the Gold Coast,” she declares.
Quite the statement. As for prospective audiences, Jane has one piece of advice.
“I think people need to be open-minded and come ready to be completely surprised, because some people will come with expectations and I think we’re gonna rock them! It’s something the coast hasn’t seen much of. I know Gold Coast audiences and I promise, it’s going to be different.”
We can’t wait. It is 22 August yet?
Tickets for at The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub are on sale now at pinkflamingogoldcoast.com.