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Brand New Show- THE SYNDICATE!

Thats right manly ladies and gentle lads, Captain Ruin has a brand new show coming up this month in Melbourne!

Are you ready to be initiated? Come, step into a dark world of mystery with The Syndicate – a racy, late night sideshow sensation featuring acclaimed purveyors of the weird and wonderful. The deviously charming CAPTAIN RUIN, circus dare devil ELL BELLA and Madame of the macarbe - BAM BAM. Having scandalized audiences around Australia, now it’s Melbourne’s turn to be intrigued and entertained by a classic combination of DANGER! SEX! MAGIC! and PAIN!. With sinister skills designed to shock and amaze these three acclaimed performers tear through an hour of deadly delights - circus, cabaret, sideshow, magic and comedy! Howl at the moon and join The Syndicate for a night out in the underground that you’ll never forget!

Tickets are now on sale - get em here!



Well it's been another insanely busy summer bouncing from capital to capital with some small towns and international tours in between. And now its time to hibernate and dream up some delightful concoctions for next summer. If you've seen Captain Ruin at a festival in Australia somewhere recently, chances are that you may have also seen the Highstriker! A traditional carnival favourite strength tester. Thats owned by my new company Sideshow and United Carnival Attractions - a collaboration between Captain Ruin and the Great Gordo Gamsby. And when I say that we have big plans for 2013/2014, I'm not joking. We're talking tents, games, rovers, carnival favourites, sticky sweet fairy floss and all your favourites. And the most exciting part is the secret new venue that we'll be previewing at this years Harvest music festival. Keep your eyes peeled for new updates coming soon on this one my friends, it's gonna be amazing and unmissable. It's name? The Imaginarium... till next time, friends. Keep on dreaming!


March in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney!

Catching a breath between tours, it's time for an update. One Night Stand has just returned from an all too brief 4 show run at the Auckland Fringe Festival, where it was described as a "surprisingly touching true story". You can find that one here: http://www.theatreview.org.nz/reviews/review.php?id=5584

There is quite a bit coming up back in Australia though - you can find more details in the gig sidebar, but i'll be performing for the first time in Canberra on the 16th of March Mcing the massive Sound and Fury event which is super exciting! In Melbourne, Love on a Real Train is throwing a fundraising party on the 14th of March in Fitzroy which again i'll be hosting - thats sure to be an excellent trash-glamour night out! And over Easter weekend from 29th - 31st March i'll be in Sydney at the Hoopla festival down in Darling Harbour, appearing in the Full Cream Circus for 3 nights only, doing my handcuffs and balancing eggs routine in a show that also features stunning acrobatics, trapeze, cabaret acts and heaps more!

So as always - see you out there somewhere!


2013 - the year we thought we'd never see...

Gee i'm glad that the Mayan apocalypse turned out to be just a misguided (and slightly vacuous) attempt to create a spiritual revolution from an ancient culture, rather than the fire and brimstone that some pundits were promising. Why? Because of all the awesome gigs that i've got booked, thats why!

There's been so much on that its hard to keep track - but in brief, the last 3 months have been a riot of play, work and adventure. One Night Stand won an award (Original New Circus) at the Melbourne Fringe, after a sold out season in Brisbane, making for a very happy performer! And then the Great Gordo Gamsby an I triumphed with a massive effort to produce HappyLand for the Harvest Music Festival in Werribee Gardens. A spuriously Happy(tm) time was had by all, including the late night revelry that was unleashed on the second evening when all the employees went a bit bonkers from too much sun and sugar. A certain actor (who I'm sure will be famous and easily blackmailed in the future) was seen giving head to a candy striped dildo worn by a soft toy through the hole of a face-hole board. Also I knew that it was a good idea to make HappyLand underwear - they sold out! December saw some time off and a trip up the coast to Sydney and Austinmer, and then it was knuckle down time to prepare our new show The Syndicate for Falls Festival in Lorne. A brilliant new piece of late night sideshow action that wowed the crowds with its racy and explosive finale. I was privileged to work with two fine performers in Ella Bella and Bam Bam for that one, and you'll be seeing much more of us real soon - this show's got legs!


See the sidebar for more info on upcoming gigs, but in brief whats coming up next is the usual summer run around - i'll be passing through your town sooner or later it seems, bringing some old time carny-punk fire, so watch this space for more details. Coming up next is the Tasmanian Circus Festival with last years hit circus troupe Full Cream Circus (formerly Crack a Fat). Home in Melbourne at the start of February, and in collaboration with the fine people of the Bally, we'll be presenting special once off performances of The Syndicate and One Night Stand, on High st in Northcote. Then it's off to New Zealand for a tour of One Night Stand in Auckland and Wellington - so if you have friends in those parts; spread the word! And then, after New Zealand it will be north again for Full Cream Circus in Sydney as part of Hoopla! Phew! Lots to do, as you can see. If you're interested in catching up, drinking beer, helping me publicise and scoring an interview or a comp for any of the above shows, please get in touch via my contact form.

Otherwise I hope to see you out there at a show somewhere. Until then, stay freaky and live, love, laugh!



ONE NIGHT STAND is Selling Out!!

Following a SOLD OUT Brisbane season, One Night Stand opens in Melbourne this Saturday night!

We were pleased to receive a great review from Arts Hub on opening night. Flloyd Kennedy called the show "thought provoking, amusing and highly recommended"! Read the rest of the review here - http://www.artshub.com.au/au/news-article/reviews/performing-arts/one-night-stand-191814

In his first solo show, Captain Ruin takes the audience on a journey through prisons, punchlines and politics using striptease, daring sideshow stunts and a ferocious wit. Directed by Derek Ives (Candy Butchers, Circus Oz) this is honest, angry and topical circus with a social conscience - not to be missed!

' The performer is great fun to watch in this quirky and unique show” – The West Australian, Feb 2012

'Australia's Harry Houdini' - John Safran, Triple J

Brisbane festival & QUT present One Night Stand
25 - 29th September, all shows 7pm
Sue Benner Theatre (access via alley), Metro Arts
Tickets from brisbanefestival.com.au

Melbourne Fringe festival presents One Night Stand
6 - 13th October, 7.45pm, 6.45pm Sunday
Fringe Hub - The Ballroom, Lithuanian Club, North Melbourne
Tickets from melbournefringe.com.au