The Ruby Fizz Society for Superior People is a light-hearted excuse for performance arts, dressing up, and baked goods. Our glorious events (when I remember to organise them) include: fine dining, fancy dress, live music, live poets, dead poets, burlesque, cabaret, and high-class frivolity. The RFS provides cross-discipline opportunities and, more importantly, cupcakes for creative folks across Australia.
The Bedroom Philosopher performs at The Postmodern Picnic
(photo by Clare Hawley, Asparay Photographics)
Gentlemen’s Tea Parties
February 2010, Woolloongabba Antique Centre
Over two weekends in sunny February, poets, performers and other assorted gentlemanly types took over the WAC to drink a lot of tea and eat cake. A sterling cast of ladies and gents in sterling suits featured The Ragtag Review Band; ukelele babes Absolute Tits with their puppet pals; cabaret performers Bertie Page, B.B. Le Buff, Rita Fontaine, Phoebe Manning, Tiara the Merch Girl, Evelyn Hartogh and The Coin-Operated Boy (William Cooper as a human statue!); and live poets Ross Clark, Graham Nunn and John Knight reading dead poets. I had a marvellous time, and here’s what punters had to say:
A potent concentration of talent, and a genuinely encouraging group of very cool people.
Fun acts, great crowd, intimate atmosphere. Loved the poetry readings and open mic section.
Music and burlesque, a venue that’s fun to explore, tea in teapots, and getting dressed up. I approve.
September 2008 at The JOYnt, South Brisbane
We celebrated postmodern performance with an indoor picnic. This event featured established folk-comedian-musican, The Bedroom Philosopher (who recently supported The Dresden Dolls on their national tour); up-and-coming boy wonder, Mikki Ross; performance poetry queen, Stefanie Petrik; and Queensland’s leading lady of burlesque, Lena Marlene.
Poetical Champagne Brunch
June 2008 at Cafe Checocho, West End
This sell-out event featured local poets Rob Morris and Pam Schindler, with live music from master cellist, Wayne Jennings, and eccentric composer, Timothy Tate.