By Highwire Entertainment
Rebel is a live circus rock tribute to the original rebel, David Bowie. Stage dive into the mosh pit for a night of live music, glittering glam rock, phenomenal acrobatics and spectacular heart stopping sideshow. Live music combined with circus and comedy brings to life an incredible body of work that spanned over 50 years, and an aesthetic that broke ground and inspired generations.
Rebel has been inspired by the words of Bowie; "I want to tart rock up. I don't want to climb out of my fantasies in order to go up on stage—I want to take them on stage with me.” Rebel is your Bowie fantasies realised - a live band, breathtaking circus, spectacular rock and roll sideshow. Rebel is much more than a tribute show, with aesthetics and theatricality inspired Bowie and fed into a live rock and roll circus extravaganza.
Headlined by the incredible multi-award winning Stewart Reeve, and featuring an rockstar band of artists from across artistic genres and co-created by Highwire Entertainment, the production house behind Rouge, Papillon and Pop Party Throwdown among others, Rebel is a non-stop circus rock and roll party.
STEWART REEVE, Creative Director and Lead Vocalist
Stewart Reeve is a seasoned and versatile Australian performer, starring in a number of leading roles in popular performance venues nationally. Stewart is well known for his work in Melbourne and Gold Coast's famous entertainment venues, Dracula's Cabaret. For five years, Stewart trod the boards of the Melbourne venue captivating audiences with his quick witted comedic timing and power house vocals.
Stewart has also had a number of years experience in the corporate entertainment circuit performing in some of Melbourne's most popular entertainment venues with 80's cover band Stand and Deliver and at sea with The Australian Boyz of Motown.
Cabaret and music performances are also complimented by Stewart’s incredible breadth of work in the theatre; obtaining wide acknowledgements in local productions including starring in lead roles in shows such as The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, La Cage Aux Folles, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Curtains, The Wedding Singer and Forever Plaid.
ROCKIE STONE, Acrobat & Saxophonist
Rockie Stone is a circus performer, rigger and multi-award-winning contemporary theatre maker. She is as much at home balancing on fellow acrobats as she is hanging on trapeze. She has toured to all corners of the globe showcasing her work as well as touring and performing with renowned companies such as Circa, Circus Oz, Matador, Finucane & Smith and Rock N Roll Circus.
CHRIS SINGER, Lead Guitar, Acrobat & Aerialist
Chris Singer is a Melbourne based acrobat, juggler and multi-instrumentalist. Making his circus debut at the ripe old age of eight, Chris has been a circus performer for longer than he hasn’t.
Armed with a wide array of skills and a deep understanding of music and stage craft, he creates captivating, highly skilled acts with a sense of humour and cleverness. Chris is a versatile performer specialising in hat manipulation and ground acrobatics but when the show calls for it, he has been known to branch into other areas such as unicycling, swing pole and even banjo.
Complementing his circus skills , Chris is also a formidable musician. Self taught on guitar from age 14, taking inspiration from rock, blues, funk and whatever his ears are drawn to at the time. Using this knowledge he composes pieces for his own acts as well as accompanying other performers live. Chris is currently undertaking his biggest project so far in composing a score for his own circus show set to premiere in early 2020.
RACHEL TRAINOR, Drums, Backing Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Rachel Trainor is a drummer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from New Zealand, now based in Melbourne Australia. Her performance experience ranges from cabaret and musical theatre to rock gigs and corporate bands.
She was a resident feature artist at the Melbourne Dracula’s Cabaret for two years, performing as the drummer until the venue’s closure in 2017. In 2018 she performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival with Anya Anastasia’s ‘Rogue Romantic’ cabaret show as part of her all-female band, and they also completed a regional Victorian tour.
Her current projects include garage/psych rock band 'Honeybone', 'Siren', a soul pop covers duo and she is also in demand as a session drummer, playing various one-off and fill in gigs around Melbourne. Rachel co-founded ‘Honeybone’ during her time studying for her Bachelor of Music (Hons 1st class) at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Honeybone has released two EPs and a full-length album, and frequently gigs around Melbourne. Rachel also performs solo, combining acoustic guitar with live vocal and beat box loops. Rachel’s career highlights include sharing the stage with acts such as Amanda Palmer, The Datsuns (NZ), and Dragon.
JANE SCHOFIELD, Aerialist, Hula Hoop & Roller Skater
Jane has been performing circus for over 12 years. One of Australia’s leading hula hoop artists Jane is a multi-apparatus performer - performing professionally with a number of companies, skills as varied as trapeze, silks, Chinese pole, group acrobatics, juggling, bottle walking, plate spinning, walking globe, parasol spinning, whips and sideshow. Jane has performed with Le Petit Circus since 2008 and toured throughout Australia and Singapore. She has also toured the world on cruise ships, and around Australia with circus ensemble LEFT and Circus Oz's Tin Top Tour in 2019.
MATTHEW ANDERSON, Keyboardist, Juggler, Trombonist & Acrobat
An accomplished musician and circus performer, Matt is thrilled to be joining the cast of Rebel. With a bachelor’s degree in both Music Performance and Circus Arts, he has worked in many shows and ensembles throughout the last decade, including Papillon, Armistice, Le Petit Circus, and The Itchy Feet Pep Band.
With a high level of skill in acro, juggling, keyboard, slack rope, trombone, and meteor, Matt will be sure to keep you entertained.