Mark Holden tells stories of family’s circus past | COMPETITION

Mark Holden’s new show The Greatest Show on Earth, drawing on his family’s fantastical travelling circus history and his Countdown and Australian Idol days, will tour regionally in South Australia as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s roadshow.

The Greatest Show on Earth had its world premiere at the 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June and will now play: Mt Gambier 31 August; Renmark 1 September; Port Lincoln 6 September; Port Pirie 8 September; Tea Tree Gully 13 September; and Noarlunga 15 September.

The Greatest Show on Earth is Mark’s personal ode to the resilience of family, music, tradition, humour and hard work inspired by tales of the Holden Brothers Travelling Circus, one of Australia’s longest running family circuses, founded by his great, great uncle Adolphus Holden (a one-legged trapeze artist) in 1892.

The bygone era of The Holden Brothers Travelling Circus lives on in the show through the marriage of music and stories passed down through the family into which Mark weaves his own colourful history. From Countdown to working with the Temptations and David Hasselhoff in America, to Vanessa Amorosi, Australian Idol and beyond – it has all the soaring heights and crushing falls of his forbears’ high wire act. Classic family circus footage provides a mesmerising backdrop to the tales spun and songs sung.