Sydney Festival kicks off with a Riot thanks to Four Pillars

If you like your political commentary served up with a huge side of camp, colour, and comedy, you’re in luck! Riot, now playing at the Sydney Festival, is all that and so much more.

While there’s enough entertainment and attractions at the festival to keep you entertained even without seeing a show (the two-storey karaoke carousel was a favourite, and there was a line of people waiting to get in to a shipping container that was particularly intriguing), it wouldn’t really be Sydney Festival without checking out the amazing acts and performances from all over the world.

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Riot features an ensemble cast of singers, dancers, acrobatics, comedians, one spoken-word poet, and one immensely talented drag queen by the name of Panti Bliss. She’s toured Australia before, but this time she returns as something of a ring master, the central figure in a whirling dervish of genuinely hilarious comedy and truly touching moments that will both inspire you and make you think in equal measure.

The cabaret does come to us all the way from Ireland, but the issues at its heart are universal. The show doesn’t follow a linear story: rather, it’s equal parts cutting takes on today’s politics (often in the form of spoken-word poetry), and absurdly surreal explorations of everything from Irish dancing to stripteases to the death of Christ (really!). No topic goes untouched and no stone remains unturned, but Riot is performed with so much love and heart that you’ll finish the evening feeling uplifted, rather than weighed down by the state of the world today.

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Housed in the famous Spiegeltent and performed in the round, Riot allows – if not encourages – you to get up at any point throughout the show to grab a drink from the bar, and we recommend doing just that. Grab a Four Pillars gin and tonic, or try their new Negroni Gin, designed and distilled specifically to be used in a Negroni cocktail. If you can tear yourself away from the glitz and glamour onstage, you’ll be a very happy camper at the bar indeed.

See more about Riot at the Sydney Festival here and more about Four Pillars gin at their website or Fever Tree Tonic Water at their website.

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