Wayne Scott Kermond talks about SPIEGELESQUE
Entertainment enthusiasts don’t have long to wait: the highly anticipated SPIEGELESQUE extravagance is set to open its ten-day race on the 17the June at Riverside Theaters, Parramatta, serving an abundance of much-needed “joy, love and laughter”. Customers eager for escape and unadulterated entertainment should prepare for a feast: the mouth-watering ingredients of vaudeville, burlesque, cabaret and slapstick combine to promise a sensory spectacle and a unique theatrical experience.
SPIEGELESQUE creator and star Wayne Scott Kermond lifts the veil on the show he affectionately describes as his “baby.”
A commendable provenance
The term ‘show business royalty’ may be so cliché that it doesn’t make sense these days – but there really isn’t a more precise way to salute Wayne Scott Kermond. Famous ‘born in a trunk’ – as any Google search will tell you – this great fourth-gen showbiz literally has entertainment in its blood. In addition to having a remarkable experience for its versatility, Kermond’s ancestors cut their teeth in the most emblematic places of Sydney, notably the Tivoli and the Trocadero. Bettors can therefore be sure of one thing: SPIEGELESQUE is in good hands. Such is Kermond’s confidence in the series, he and producer Katie funded the entire operation themselves, without seeking government support. With such confidence and investment in the project, the expectations for production can only be sky-high.
The covid landscape has forced the entire artistic industry to adapt over the past eighteen months and SPIEGELESQUE is not exempt from it. But this show will no doubt continue, with the safety rules only reshaping the performance rather than diluting it. Adapting to circumstances is inherent in cabaret and variety, so this need to adapt did not deter Kermond. Well invested in his creation, he simply returned to the drawing board and found a way to ensure a safe and engaging production.
And what can theatergoers expect from the show itself? From the outset, guests are encouraged to ‘leave [their] real life at the door ”- and the timing is perfect. Real life has thrown a barrage of curveballs at everyone lately. A production with a sense of fun and community has a zeitgeisty appeal right now. With the multi-act diversity and classlessness of vaudeville, the derisory humor of burlesque and the naughty and “ underground ” nature of cabaret, what could be more intoxicating and festive than entering such a world for a few hours? Not to mention the role that a few drinks can play …
Playing the role of award-winning master of ceremonies Vayne, Kermond brings intimacy, professionalism and community spirit to the debates. And it goes without saying: shine is virtually guaranteed. This role is, after all, Kermond’s own creation. Interacting with the audience is integral to the role, and Kermond is ready to give audiences looking for human connection exactly what they need. The opportunity to perform “out of the blue” is one that holds no horror for this seasoned professional, and audiences can expect every performance to be unique, something no other audience has experienced. It is also a role in which Kermond can confidently put all his experience, having been involved in the evolution of the whole concept, since his days in the Spiegeltent. Moving to Glen Street in 2018 and then to various Australian venues, Kermond managed to recreate the ambiance and high energy of a circus tent in a static space; he knows what works and what doesn’t. Add to the mix an all-Australian cast of seven diverse and talented performers and the result is pretty sure.
When asked why the public should go see the show, Kermond is very clear: pure entertainment, its own brilliance (which is not seduced by confidence?), and the style of theater rich in variety. Equally clear is the current appeal of cabaret: older audiences are connecting with the familiarity of the genre – most notably the opportunity for engagement and intimacy that comes from breaking the fourth wall – while for the younger generation, it’s something new and different, which makes it fun for everyone. And with the impact of the past eighteen months, it’s no surprise that cabaret is experiencing some kind of resurgence.
To sum up the early 2020s, many point to isolation, sacrifice, fear, hopelessness, and the screen as the most constant companion. SPIEGELESQUE offers the opportunity to leave that behind in favor of more joyful features and endeavors – singing, dancing, drinking, laughing, sneering, and the long-awaited chance to get closer and closer to real human beings and to dive in. with indulgence in a long bygone era when entertainment was king. Whether or not to attend this show is not at all a question. It’s obvious.
SPIEGELESQUE: the perfect antidote.
To visit the tickets Riversideparramatta.com.au/show/spiegelesque/
Photo credit: Karen Watson