Open Mic Session with Ringmaster Rusty Mahone
A GREEN SMOKE HOKUM PRODUCTION
Come all ye, you fools and freaks
And assemble by the fireside
Bring drums and whistles and guitars
Let’s scratch the itch we have inside.
Bring yourselves in strange attire,
Sing together in a heavenly choir.
Let us celebrate and quaff and eat.
We’ve seen off winter and tonight’s our treat.
Here in comes the bearded lady
The dancing bear and old slim shady
Following on the tarot man
and a girl with frogs kept in a can.
Here’s the man with burning balls
And the girls who walk through walls.
Short arsed, giant or just plain weird
Rules fall down because we’re here .
If you’re boring stay at home
You deserve to die alone
Tonight is all about the spark
That makes us special, leaves our mark
Imperfections praised tonight
Dress up, show off and then unite.
Together we will start the spring.
We will make the rafters ring.
(Old Cheshire poem)
(c) Russell Mabbutt 2015
It’s eggs and chickens and bunnies and fluff and chocolate.
It’s rebirth too and tonight, for one night only our spectacular open mic night is reborn as a celebration of the alternative, and all things freaky and all things circus.
Let your ringmaster Rusty Mahone guide you on an unpredictable journey through grease paint, dexterity and airborne balls.
The birth of the photograph was a bad time for the old circus. Things became paralysed in time and became available out of context. What we now think of as ‘the freak show’ is in fact an old tradition of celebrating diversity. As spring got underway, and new and reborn life was literally coming out of the woodwork, there was a huge party. Those with unusual skills showed them off. Some were athletic and practical, some amazing and some just simply erotic. Alongside this display, those with challenges in life, and those with unusual body traits would dress up in their finest clothes and be treated as heros. It was inclusive, and not the voyeuristic spectacle it became on the seaside pier.
Tonight we aim to recreate the middle ground. We welcome mermaids, strong folk, and wrestlers. The tallest, smallest fattest and thinest. Smoke, magic and mirrors are all allowed, but it’s difference and the unique challenges and opportunities those differences present that we showcase tonight. Come on down as a freak or a clown. Be a tiger or a lion, or just dress to impress, but don’t be normal. Normal is average, and average is dull.
Ringmaster, Ringmistrisses and ring pieces all welcome ( a ring piece is an act designed to be seen from any angle) For those wanting to extend their portfolio, a professional photographer will be recording the night, so get on that latest cossie, and we can showcase you to the world. Whilst we are partying, we have the added bonus that, because of our jamboree, we will enjoy a bountiful springtime.
As well as the usual open mic acts we will have charters strange, sinister and joyful mingling with the crowds, and maybe some acts you didn’t think we’re possible. We will set the big window ablaze with the light of three suns, and spring will rise again.