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Riot review – Dublin drag star leads disparate mix of poetry and politics


Spiegeltent, Sydney festival
Jesus is hit with pool noodles and a stripper throws chips at the crowd in a show that struggles to add up to the sum of its parts

Imagine an Avalanches song as a stage show – some sampling, some spoken word, some disco and pop beats all jumbled together – and you have an idea what the genre-defying show Riot is about.

Taking the primetime slot in the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent for this year’s Sydney festival, Riot is a mix of dance, drag, circus, spoken-word poetry and contortion, with a bit of blasphemy and a lot of politics thrown in.

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