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'Baby Shirley Broadway, the cutest child on the stage', c 1935, donated by the Broadway family, State Library Victoria
01 July 2016, 6:00pm7:00pm
01 July 2016, 8:00pm9:00pm
Location The Ian Potter Queen's Hall
Swanston Street Welcome Zone
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Roll up, roll up to see the ghosts of vaudeville past in this riotous recreation of circus arts from the 1920 and '30s.

Promenade through historic Queen's Hall and bid it farewell before it closes for refurbishment. Marvel at sideshow performances from hat dancers, hoop dancers, slackwire acrobats, chorus girls, clowns, jugglers and more!

Sue Broadway will reveal the secrets she unearthed during her Library Creative Fellowship. The evening will be narrated by Ettie Peterson (a character played by Sue Broadway and based on her grandmother), a chorus girl made good who was renowned for her portrayal of Little Red Hiding Hood.

The show is conceived in a promenade format to allow you to wander throughout Queen's Hall while being informed and entertained. Sound and images are drawn from the Library's collection, enhanced by 'the ghosts of vaudeville past' – live performers who will recreate vaudeville turns from between the wars including hat dancing, chair balancing, adagio, slackwire, rizley and juggling.

Original recordings from Australian memories volumes 1 and 2 played at this event have been restored courtesy of Crystal Stream Audio. Songs from the George Wallace Roadshow played at this event are courtesy of Lyric Private CDs.

An Auslan interpreter will be present at the 6pm performance.


  • Sue Broadway is a director, performer and creative producer of circus and physical theatre, and a founding member of Circus Oz. As a Library Creative Fellow she researched the physical acts of the Vaudeville tradition.
  • Debra Iris Batton has worked as an acrobat and aerialist and is currently Touring Show Director with Circus Oz. She recently played Calamity Jane in an MTC Neon production.
  • Carolyn Connors is a singer, composer, and instrumentalist. She has collaborated with Chamber Made Opera and Finucane and Smith, and regularly performs at the Australian Open, Williamstown Festival and Womadelaide.
  • Rockie Stone is a physical performer who has performed with Circa and Circus Oz, and directed for Slipstream and Westside circuses. Rockie won Best Original New Circus (Melbourne Fringe, 2015) and was recently nominated for two Greenroom Awards.
  • Peter Gray presents a visual mix of theatre and circus. Without any words, he is able to speak all languages. Peter's long career as a clown and entertainer has included touring schools, performing in the stage musical Barnum, and appearing in the King of Moomba variety show.
  • Christof!! is an actor, physical comic, improviser, MC, director and a consummate clown who has performed around the world and won a place in the hearts of adults and children alike.
  • Big Foot Little Foot is the duo of Oliver Versteegen and Stephanie Lewis, who have performed the ancient art of Icarian Games (foot-juggling a fellow human) for C!RCA, Circus Quirkus and Cirque Dreams. They regularly teach at Westside Circus.
  • Adagio Duet performs courtesy of Showbiz Performing Arts Studio, Niddrie. Vanessa McGregor is a circus performer, director and trainer who graduated from NICA and has performed with C!RCA and as part of Circus Oz’s Strong Women’s Project. Kiara Barbara is passionate about acrobatics. She is a Principal Dancer at Showbiz, Ambassador for Inspire Dance Wear and a participant in the Act Now Speak Later initiative.
  • Emilie Bloom is a physical comedy performer, director, costume designer and props builder with extensive training and experience in diverse creative industries. Most recently Emilie co-created the 'Lolly Shop' for The Village Festival.
  • Karen Edelenbos, also known by the stage name Miss Ellaneous, is inspired by Vaudeville, the jugglers of bygone eras and old-fashioned values. She works in all aspects of circus including teaching, rigging for circus shows, operating sound and lighting and building stages and circus tents.
  • Grace Robins has trained at Circus Oz and Westside Circus and, currently aged 16, is in her first year at NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts). She has appeared at Moomba, Midsumma and the Sydney Road Street Festival.