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Saturday, 27 March 2021

Peter Walsh: 'Space Invaders' - INTERVIEW

Chatting with Peter Walsh is like sitting down with someone who has an insight into your mind - almost like a psychologist and friend and straight shooter - who speaks with tough love - all rolled into one.

I spoke with Peter Walsh earlier this week (after our first interview for 'Sunday' Magazine around 8 years ago), in line with his new show 'Space Invaders', currently screening on Australian TV on Channel 9, every Saturday at 7.30pm.

Below is our interview - a fantastic chat with the master of his field, a man who started on the organisational journey way before it was a thing on streaming services, and who operates from a genuine place of heart and accountability, where breakthroughs bring along life changing moments, with strategies to sustain people for life.

Josie: Huge congratulations on the show, Peter! I had seen announcements about it throughout last year and was completely intrigued, and I think it's something that is that everyone cane relate to. It could be a room, a boot (trunk), or a whole house - cluttering and 'stuff' is something people can relate to.

What have you found so far with people’s reaction to the show? How have people responded to it?

Peter: It’s always a bit of a risk making a show about clutter that really questions and challenges people about their stuff and how they use their possessions.

And I think particularly at the moment as we’re coming through a huge time in our lives when people are really looking at their homes and doing what I call a 'global reset'. 

Because after 12 - 15 months of the pandemic, everyone is looking at how they use their homes and how they use their space.

Everyone is really questioning: "What is our home to us, and how do we use space in our homes?"

'Space Invaders' has been received in such an absolutely overwhelmingly positive way.

Also, on all of the social media - and I actually answer all my Facebook and social media platforms on my own, responding to every single social media post - there hasn't been one single negative comment. I was speaking to the supervising producer last night and you expect negative comments, you actually expect them.

And we haven't seen any at all; the comments are overwhelmingly positive, and the intention of all the comments is to be supportive and positive, and it’s a funny thing to be able to say in today's climate.

We had no intention of creating a villain - most of reality TV today is centred around creating a villain so they make the show more interesting.

It’s in every reality TV show at the moment - to build the villain in as one of the characters, and that was never our intention. And I think that's part of the show's success - the show is real, the show is honest, nothing is staged, not one single thing is staged at any time.

None of it is scripted. I don’t meet the family until the morning of filming. I've certainly seen their homes in terms of photos and video, but I have not stepped into their house until the very first day I meet the family, so it plays out in real time.

It’s an honest show, I think that’s the best way to put it, with real families in real life, exploring honest real issues, and we never know where it’s going to go.

It all just plays out where it plays out, and I think that’s what people are responding to.

Josie: When you find your people, have you found resistance from those appearing on the show while they’re in the thick of it, much more than we see on camera? And how you deal with that resistance when you’re in that process of eliminating things?

Peter: Number one: the people who are on the show have volunteered to be on the show.

I thinks it’s really important for people who watch the show to understand that.

When we called for casting for the show, nobody knew who the people involved were, be it me or  Cherie or Lucas - everyone applied blind and that is amazing to me. And we had over 800 applications, so these are all people who knew they needed help, who already felt overwhelmed and paralysed. And so number 1, all these people had gotten to a point where they acknowledged that they needed some help, so that’s important to remember.

And number two, I go into this knowing that they want that want help, and so I never force people (to cull).

So if it gets to a point that they are adamant they don’t want to throw something away or let something go, I’m not going to force them, but I go into this against the backdrop of them having gotten to a point where they’re overwhelmed and (feeling) paralysed.

I definitely challenge these people strongly, sometimes very strongly but I never force them to let go of something they don’t want to - and I am working with them for two and a half to three days, and that is cut down to a total of maybe 18 minutes (on the show), so there is definitely a lot you will not see.

You’ll see that on this week’s episode (the garage makeover) and this was maybe one of the toughest episodes of the season, and the most challenging of all. One of the biggest things I say and I do is that I hold up a mirror to the couple, and I just reflect back to them what I see, and I think it’s a very good image, pardon the pun, of what exists. That’s the way I work.

I will say to people: whose side am I on here? 
I just remind them: I’m on your side.

I’m an advocate for you, I say to them, and sometimes in the process I’m the only one on their side.

Sometimes, they’re fighting against themselves, against their own best interest. When that happens I will stop them and say: why am I the only one fighting for what you want at the moment?

And this is what happens in the garage episode - and I will call them out on that. But the thing is people generally are very frightened in shows like this, in situations like this, or family members working with other family members are generally very frightened of conflict or of tears, in dealing with these kind of problems.

I am not.

Because I think conflict and tears tell you that you’re on the right path. Anger or tears tell you are very close to important issues. Conflict and tears don’t frighten me, and in fact it tells me we are close. And so when I get to that moment, instead of steering away from that I actually steer towards that.

And I say to people: the only way to get over this issue is to go through it. So in that moment without emotion and without judging, if you can help people to explore why they’re angry or what they’re emotional about you will help them to have a breakthrough about it.

It's like: I am angry about you for this because you are forcing me to face the fact and deal with the fact that I am holding onto all of this, because I am frightened about something, about letting my child grow up, or I am frightened about this because I am worried that if I let go of this, it will mean that I feel no longer valuable as a mother or as a woman.

Because it’s never about the stuff, it’s always about other issues

It’s funny that we are talking about this in this moment because all of it plays out in this week’s (garage clean out) episode.

In the very first episode with Julie and Peter with her clothes, when she said “I am a strong powerful woman”, getting her to that point took about 40 minutes.

And in the episode it was shown in about 45 seconds. She couldn’t even say those words. And I had to keep repeating to her and slowly building to that for 40 minutes. But you can’t show that in a TV show, because that would be the whole of the show.

And that’s the very difficult part for the people in post production, and the choices that they make, and that’s why the people in the field can have nothing to do with the edit. It’s still just as powerful, but it’s not exactly what happens on my side while filming.

What you see in the show is absolutely a refection of what happens in the field - it’s just much much compressed.

Josie: The show is a conversation starter. For me, it’s starting point to getting things done, especially when I have conversations about it with my husband.

I saw you respond to someone on Facebook who has various sizes of clothing, across all the different sizes. How do you separate that conversation people have with themselves about the money they have spent on clothes, with the whole “I must cull” conversation. And why are we so resistant in general to throwing out what we have?

Peter: There’s a few things in there: one is women and weight and clothes are all so entwined. It’s part of a much broader discussion too.

Women (in this scenario) - and men to a lesser extent - are part of that discussion around women holding on to clothes. You know, I wonder if, almost subconsciously, it’s giving someone permission to gain and lose weight. "I've gained and lost weight in the past so I will probably do it again". It’s a very weird interplay, that holding on to the clothes and to stuff.

I’ve worked with women who are heavier and are still holding onto to size 6. The fact is: nobody is ever going to be a size six again. Or even a size 8. It’s just not going to happen. Nor should it.

It’s ridiculous. It’s a fantasy model image that magazines perpetuate and it’s like $@#k that!

Women who are a size 12 - you are never going to be a size 8. And they’re offended, but it’s like: it’s never going to happen. Why should it! Why! Why should a woman have size 6 to a size 18 in the closet. For God's sake, why are you torturing yourself.

And then the (hanging onto clothes around) money thing is kind of a guilt thing.

It’s this whole aspirational thing - "if I buy it and I hold onto it" - that’s absolutely externally imposed.

It’s like Julie (in the first episode) and those running shoes, those $250 running shoes she owned - because her physical therapist told her she needed to exercise. And these are the shoes with the “if you buy them you’ll get fit” tag - she hated those shoes.

And every time she put them on she didn't feel good about herself. Why would you do that to yourself?

It’s the buying stuff and having stuff that some external force tells us that will somehow make you someone else, and then when you do put it on or look at it, it just slaps you with that label - it’s weird interplay.

And with the money thing - it’s money lost, and money lost you’re never getting back, no matter how you look at it.

It’s amazing; when people do let that stuff go - the clothes, and the clothes with labels on them -  the money and the guilt about buying just goes wth them.

Josie: That is true. What we resist, persists. And it’s amazing how you can see people feel lighter when it’s gone.

How did you get into what you do on a deep level, and how did the Oprah relationship start?

Peter: I was shooting a show called 'Clean Sweep' and we'd shot 120 episodes of that, and I was a primary school teacher, and also taught in secondary school. I have a masters in education with a specialty in ed psych, and I worked in Australia in drug abuse prevention and around risk reduction, and around health promotion around health promoting behaviours, I’ve worked around different areas, that weirdly - and I don’t think anyone has ever grown up thinking I want to work to be a professional organiser - a whole lot of bits and pieces kind of found a whole new way to this job, and once I started working in this area it became obvious to me that all of the pieces came together to do what I do.

All of these elements and skills - decision making skills, performance assessment, and all the training from what I was originally doing - all of these different disciplines found their way into my role as a professional organiser.

I'd made 120 episodes of one of the first organising shows on American TV ‘Clean Sweep’, and Oprah’s own ethos and philosophy was around 'living your best life' for you, and one of her senior producers liked the show 'Clean Sweep' and they invited me to a guest spot on the Oprah show. It went really, really well and out of that they offered me a five year contract on the Oprah show, and it kind of took off from there. I just happened to have a philosophy which aligns very much with her philosophy, and I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

That was a number of years ago and it's all just grown from there, and you know I've been doing this now for nearly 20 years, and I have a great familiarity in this area and I've done hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of these, and just have a sense for it now.

I've also written eight books in the area, and I have a huge amount of experience. If you drive your car to a mechanic who has been working on this kind of thing for years, and he can hear a knock under the bonnet he knows there's something wrong with the starter motor because he's heard it for 20 years and hundreds of times.

It's a little bit like that. People are much the same, you know we all struggle with the same things and we buy stuff for the same reasons, and we do things to make ourselves feel happy, or we avoid dealing with something in our lives - we are all much the same.

Inside we are all kind of wired by nature. I find that it’s not that hard to understand

Josie: When did you become more interested in the psychological reason we keep things?

It's never about the stuff, the stuff is not interesting. It's not about the stuff, and it never is. It's not about our clothes or our shoes because that's not interesting. It's about what's happened that makes a relationship with stuff more important than our relationships with others.

That's what's interesting: it's not until you unlock that question that you can make sense of why you have gone off the rails.

Josie: I imagine in the last past 20 plus years you've seen our relationship to things change where the acquisition of things, especially propelled by reality TV, where if you're not a celebrity or a Kardashian - who I've watched and I understand their business model - you'll see that designer bag and it's now something that you really want.

Now the acquisition of things and the relationship to things have certainly changed, acquiring more and more, where you want a lot of them but none of them keep satisfying you.

Peter: Well the huge problem is that nothing that you see on the internet is real, it's all illusion and virtually nothing that you see, starting with the internet, is real, and nothing that you see on social media is real. And the only stuff that people post on social media is the good side, and that creates an illusion for a generation of people. There are higher rates of depression and suicide and general disillusionment in people is so high and distorted.

Most reality TV is completely fabricated; and all of that is manipulated, constructed, fabricated reality TV, none of it is real. If you think otherwise, you are insane!

And so we need to look at the construction of social media, and to think reality TV has to do with anything relating to real life is just to have no connection with reality - and I think that's one of the reasons why our show is striking such a chord because people can see that it is real and honest

There is all this fabricated screaming and storming out and glasses of wine in people's faces, and it has created a complete false illusion, and a false sense of value, and of communication, and it has completely distorted what people think, absolutely. 

Josie: How do you not fall into the trap of building up things all over again, and what kind of strategies do you recommend?

Peter: It's simple. There are two simple rules. They sound simple, but very difficult, and it's about our approach to stuff.

The first one is 'don't put it down, put it away'. And if you start saying that you'll be shocked at how difficult it is.

And the second one is 'no more later.'

Stop saying the word 'later'. I'll put it away later, I'll deal with it later, I'll wash it later, I'll iron it later, I'll deal with the mail later. Stop procrastinating. If you do those two things you're never going to have a problem with maintaining an ordered uncluttered tidy home.

Josie: I love the representation of people all walks of life on the show, particularly the family of Indian background. Do you feel - and I know what the answer is of course - we need more representation from different cultures on TV?

Peter: Oh, what kind of a stupid question is that! (laughs).

It's shocking and ridiculous and terrible how unrepresented people of colour and women and minorities are on TV, absolutely.

And it shocked me to come back to Australia - after over 20 years - and see it's still so populated with white faces, and I say this as an older white male, and why are there still so many white, old men on Australian TV, and I'm one of them.

Even though I'm an older white gay man, there are still so many white men on Australian TV, and it's shocking and this should not be so.

Josie: Will there be a season two of 'Space Invaders'?

Peter: We are waiting for news on season two of the show. We're asking people to check details on the Peter Walsh Facebook page, and the 'Space Invaders' Facebook page.

Josie: I love the idea of putting a value on how much people have donated, as Lucas has throughout each show.

Peter: Yes I think it's a really great idea, and I think it helps people to get a sense of exactly what was in the house, and the plan is to do that in much greater detail in future seasons. I think it really inspires people, and gives them a great sense of just how much is sitting in the house and is of value that can be passed on to people, and do good for other people.

Josie: Indeed, and I do recall from our last interview you said: if you have too many things you value nothing.

Peter: It's one of my favourite sayings: when everything is important, nothing is important.

Josie: Are you planning on doing something like workshops or a video series, even though you have so much out there already. like your books. Perhaps something where people are tapping into a virtual format of your offering and what you do, and in real time?

Peter: There is talk of doing a national range of seminars but to be honest I just don't have time at the moment, but I'd love to do that and I've done it before. So yes, later in the year I'm looking at seminars in every national city.

At the moment I'm just flat chat and there are so many things on my agenda, but I'm very much wanting to do that, yes.

Josie: What's next for you and when are you heading back to the USA?

Peter: My partner and I came here to Australia early in the pandemic because the infection rates were rising very rapidly, and the truth is it's just too dangerous for us to go back to the United States at the moment. My whole life has been in the states for over 26 years and our plan is to go back, and to shuttle back and forth between here and there.

We will probably end up spending seven or eight months here and the rest in the United States.

I don't think we can go back to United States until at least October this year, and it all depends on how the vaccination rates go, but I don't see that happening until at least October or November.

Most of the people we know who have Covid or already have had Covid are still suffering the after effects, and various post Covid health issues, which doesn't get as much press as it should; it's pretty horrendous.

'Space Invaders' is now screening on Channel 9 every Saturday, at 7.30pm.

All photos from Space Invaders and Peter Walsh Facebook pages.

Follow them! And you can find Space Invaders on Instagram HERE and Peter Walsh's page HERE.

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Taste Food Tours: REVIEW

Want to live like a local and know the secret spots to eat and get your freshest groceries?

The long-running Taste Tours is your little foodie friend.

I experienced a Taste Tour for the first time around ten years ago, and I finally went back for more recently.

On a warm Sunday morning I headed over to the suburb of Cabramatta (which took all of five minutes; I am lucky to live 'out west') and I took heed of the cautionary 'leave enough time to find parking' tip, as Cabramatta is absolutely notorious for grid lock traffic and limited parking at any time, though especially on a Sunday when families are doing their food shopping, going our for yum cha, and enjoying their time doing Sunday things.

There are parking stations but even getting there is futile as the line up is huge, so my insider tip is to park in a residential street, and walk. It'll cost nothing, and you will be so grateful for your escape when the tour is over.

Onto the actual tour!

My best advice before you event start is: come hungry!

If your tour has a morning start, don't even bother with breakfast.

That's what I did and I was still SO FULL by the end.

The thing about doing a taste tour is that you get to absolutely immerse yourself in the suburb, the people, the culture, and the very heartbeat of the place you are visiting.

Want to know where to shop, to get the cheapest possible groceries?

Doing one of these tours means that you get the insider tips from people in the know.

And when your tour director takes you to visit all the food stops, you will meet the people behind the business and get the backstory like never before, and you'd likely not get the opportunity to do so if you were simply dropping in unannounced.

If you're that foodie in your friendship group and want to be able to recommend delicious food spots as someone who has genuinely experienced it, this is yet another reason to take part in a Taste Tour.

Here is more about the tour Taste of Vietnam - straight from their website:

  • Enjoy classic Vietnamese dishes, banh mi, pho, banh xeo, Cafe sua da, sugarcane juice, and much more. Healthful deliciousness.
  • Discover the sights, sounds, scents & shopping that are part of a bustling authentic Vietnamese market town experience, without the airfare.
  • Generous local food specialty tastings at cafes, restaurants and shops. Food equivalent to a generous meal (or more). Arrive hungry!
  • Knowledgeable local guide will share the colourful history & stories of Cabramatta, and recomendations for future visits.
  • Medium easy walking through crowds. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available (just let us know ahead of time!)

What I have always loved about a Taste Tour is the variety of cuisines on offer, the value for money, and just how satisfied you feel post event - your belly is full, and each vendor feels validated and lovely... who doesn't want to tell their story, and have a captive audience listen and understand their whole journey.


A Taste Tour is also an EXCELLENT gift for the person who has everything... or simply someone you know will appreciate a gift with a difference.My 'Taste of Vietnam' your in Cabramatta was 3.5 hours long, and costs: $99 for adults, $89 for concession, and a Youth ticket is $79 (for ages 12-18), while a child ticket is $55 (ages 5-11).

See all the current Taste Tours on offer here: www.tastetours.com.au

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Detox Your Divorce Retreat: WIN TICKET

Divorce is messy, it's an incredibly anxious time, and there's a reason it's said that - as far as life events go - it is right up there with death on a scale of deeply unsettling and life altering events.

I don't speak from experience, being year number 17 into my marriage, but I completely feel for and understand the deep grief felt by couples who separate and go on to divorce, witnessing first hand that pain with friends around me who have gone through this tumultuous time.

What I can see is that my buddies need a helping hand in myriad ways - deep conversations that include practical solutions, experts who really know their stuff to help navigate what to do next, and a camaraderie with people who are in your position to help you through the dark times by sharing war stories.

When I came across this story opportunity, to deep dive into how to navigate divorce and come out of the other side (granted, the after effects of the other side can last forever) with sanity, grace, and actual tools, I leapt at the chance to spread the word and help my pals.

Enter a retreat designed by a legal pro, and with a list of speaker who are not there to lecture, instead guide and help guide you for the road ahead.

The Detox Your Divorce Retreat is designed to assist you with navigating your divorce and separation, and help you with the support you need.

Below is more about the event, which is being held at Crowne Plaza Terrigal on Friday 26 February from 9am - 5pm, one night's stay at Crowne Plaza Terrigal (yes!) then wake up fresh and ready to go for day two at the same venue, with the same times, finishing up on Saturday night armed with info and ready to take control of one of life's biggest hurdles.

Read on, and if this retreat is for you, you can go in the running to win the opportunity to experience this event (one solo ticket up for grabs), with thanks to Kalpaxis Legal:

Cassandra Kalpaxis is the Director and CEO of Kalpaxis Legal, a boutique Family Law firm making a difference.

Cassandra believes that separation should be dealt with holistically and her firm is proud to practise law differently.

Cassandra is a Family Lawyer, Separation Strategist, Divorce Coach, Mediator, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and an Arbitrator for separating families. The Co-Founder of "Dispute Resolution Centre Australia", she is passionate about providing families with a range of options to settle their dispute.

Cassandra also hosts a Bi-Annual 'Detox your Divorce Retreat' designed to assist you with navigating your Divorce with the support you need from a team of professionals.

If you have found yourself in this space it is not uncommon for your feelings to fluctuate and to be anxious about the future.

Separation is a difficult process. Divorce doesn’t need to be an acrimonious and difficult experience. We believe in creating a tailored pathway to suit each individual family to best meet your needs.

Inclusions :

  • Morning Tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Unlimited Tea and Coffee
  • Night Accommodation (Only for Friday, 26th Feb)
  • Gift bag with over $1000 of gift items

The two day program starts at 9am sharp next week on Friday, and each day is choc full of useful info you'll need, in sessions designed to uplift.

More info on how the days will unfold here...

On day 1, you'll have an introduction by the host, Ms Cassandra Kalpaxis.

Then unwind with a soothing session of Yoga by Yogamigos.

Next, Dr Lurve assist with understanding your self worth during divorce and separation.

Lenore Pearson guides participants with healing through grieving.

Navigating Divorce and your self-worth during Separation.

The intersection between criminal proceedings and Family Law is unravelled, and the next session is about overcoming adversity during your separation.

Then, it's all about stress, anxiety and self-care - an interactive workshop.

And the last session of day one is co-parenting effectively with your ex partner.

Day Two kicks off with a session called 'Collaborate Don't Complicate' - which is a joint session by Cassandra Kalpaxis and Stefano Cammarano.

'Be A Boss - Stepping Into Your Financial Power' is next.

Proving that a sound mind is crucial for a big life change the 'Detox Your Divorce... Not Your Diet - Gut Health & Separation' session is next.

Then: 'Achieving Optimal Wellness As A Professional'.

Cassandra is then back with 'see the light at the end of your tunnel - How to be future focussed', then Stefano is back with 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow (The Evolution of Family).'

A retreat highlight will be Dino Hira (yep, ex 'Married at First Sight') who will be helping participants unwind with a mindfulness yoga session.

More info HERE.

Want to secure your ticket NOW?

Go right HERE and purchase your ticket while those limited spots are still available.

Try your hand at winning a solo pass?

Here's all you need to do:

- Like Josie's Juice on Facebook HERE

- Follow @josiesjuicejournalist on Instagram

- Follow @kalpaxislegal on Instagram

- Follow Kalpaxis Legal on Facebook HERE

- Follow @disputeresolutioncentre on Instagram 

DM me on why you'd like to win this ticket - divorce is a private matter, so we understand if the reasons you'd like to attend stay private too.

Winner will also be announced via my DM.

It's a perfect opportunity to understand one of the biggest stages of your life in an environment that is easy and relaxed.

We spend money on clothes and getaways and drinks with the girls and downtime, so now it's time to really see this as an investment in you, with access to world class experts in a setting which is comfortable and welcoming.

Follow the conversation here:


Saturday, 16 January 2021

'Magic Mike Live': REVIEW

'Magic Mike Live' is the tonic we all need right now.

Let's get some questions out of the way immediately, the ones I have been asked already, and perhaps some you may be wondering yourself...

- is there full frontal nudity?

No. There isn't. One lad comes pretty close... though he leaves his hat on.

- can blokes come along?

Of course! We spotted a few guys in the crowd, and they were having a brilliant time. Plus, there's some eye candy for them too...

- do the performers get you up on stage?

Well, yes and no. A few lucky people are called up... but I will leave the rest for you to find out, as half the fun are the surprises in store for you at this show

- is this a strip show?

While there is plenty of shedding of clothing, it's not a straight up nudie-rudie strip show. There is much more to it than that. Yep, a really fun storyline you'll love to see unfold.

The official Magic Mike Live Australia site says it best:

No. Magic Mike Live is a high-end production show in a state-of-the-art venue with some of the most talented dancers from around the world performing amazing choreography amidst over-the-top production values. It’s a place where women can feel what it’s like to exist in a world where their desires are heard and they are treated like goddesses…a place where they feel comfortable and proud.

- is 'Magic Mike Live' exactly like the storyline of the movie/s?

No, it loosely follows the film's story hook where the protagonist kinda finds his truth and purpose through dancing/getting his kit off, but it's more like a bawdy, fun cabaret where women are left feeling rather empowered...

- does Channing Tatum feature in the show?

No, sadly.

Says the site:

Channing is the director and creator of the show and does not appear in it, but as Channing often says, he “can’t wait until he’s in Magic Mike shape” so he can perform in the show! He also loves to surprise audience members by turning up at shows every now and then, so do keep an eye out!

- Where is Magic Mike Live held?

In Sydney, it is located at The Entertainment Quarter (aka Fox Studios).

Says the site:

Australia will recreate the mythical club in The Arcadia, the world’s largest Spiegeltent, named after the ancient Greek Utopia. The Arcadia is a beautiful two storey, fully-customized venue where every detail has been meticulously curated by Channing and the Magic Mike Live creative team especially for the women of Australia.

How do I get there?

- Fox Studios, Entertainment Quarter, park in the parking station and walk towards where the markets as usually held, and you can't miss the Spiegeltent just beside it

More info:

Guests are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of the performance to enjoy food and cocktails or just take in the atmosphere and details created for your experience.

Says the site:

The show will start promptly as advertised and we recommend all patrons take their seats upon arrival. Please note that beverage service will also be provided in the venue throughout the performance. 

The seating varies. We were given a front row seat (see @josiesjuicejournalist for pics) on a comfy lounge, where the people next to us where well spaced away.

Yes, you need to wear masks. No, it's not big deal, and in my case, you will be eating and drinking most of the time anyway...

You can buy drinks at the bar before the show, there is no intermission, and the show is 90 minutes long. Or order the drinks and food straight to you while you enjoy the show.

You will want to come early so you can experience the incredible Spiegeltent.

It's designed by Belgium's Rik Klessens, and INSANE! Rik's family has been constructing te travelling 'magic mirror tents' since the 1920s.

Says the site about the bar offerings...

A full bar with specialty cocktails and a selection of wine, prosecco and traditional cocktails will be available in The Arcadia lobby prior to the performance.  Patrons can also enjoy a mini-food hall and pay one low price to sample a variety of curated snacks and mini-meals prior to or following the show. Bottle service, champagne, cocktails and other beverages are also available throughout the show from our waitstaff.  We encourage patrons to come early and stay late to enjoy the unique indoor-outdoor atmosphere and delicious food and drink offerings. 

 A final word about the show.

'Magic Mike Live' is an extravaganza.

The ensemble of dancers are a professional lot.

Blake Varga, who was front and centre on the night we went only (some performers vary from night to night) has performed with Kelly Rowland and Guy Sebastian.

Another dancer, Charles Bartley, has danced in 'The Great Gatsby', the Baz Luhrmann blockbuster.

Sam Marks has toured globally with 'Tap Dogs', and aerial performer and dancer Ned Zaina has been a principal dancer with Opera Australia, and was dance head at 'Turandot'.

Max Francisco (not a guy, an incredibly talented woman) is INSANE. She was dripping wet by the end of her performance, and you'll have to watch it to know what I mean...

And Amy Ingram, take a bow.

She's the MC for the show, and makes a clever entrance which almost had us. Think next level sass and unicorns and female empowerment.

The male MC who introduces the show is so good, I wish I knew his name. Funny, clever, and has you thinking he'll run the whole show... he commands the stage for a short while, then makes way for the laydeez.

Alison Faulk is the co director and choreographer. She says: "Just watch an incredible show... forget your troubles and just laugh, sweat, dance, have fun."

Vincent Marini is the Executive Producer, and says: "Every fabric that we chose in the theatre, every piece of lighting... the idea was to make it feel it personalised for every person in the audience, and to experience this huge extravaganza on one level, but on another level feel like we are speaking specifically and uniquely to each person."

No matter who you are, what you do for a living, who you in corporate world, I guarantee you will LOVE this show.

Go see it!

On until April 2021.

Tickets and info here:


Some moments here (all photos: Peter Brew Bevan):