This year’s Back 2 Back Festival (formerly Cabaret Under the Star) is set to be a scorcher with some seriously hot shows on offer.

Hosted by Star Theatres on Sir Donald Bradman Drive the festival spans the last two weekends in October and has a focus on shows no more than one hour in length.

One of the shows in this year’s festival which will have you flipping your fins in delight is Rusalka by the internationally acclaimed Cirque Nocturne troupe.

Bringing childhood fantasies of mermaids to life, Rusalka uses a cabaret format to tell mermaid stories and folklore from around the world, for adults only.

Producer and performer Kate Lawrence says she was inspired to explore the myths and magic surrounding mermaids from her childhood obsession.

“ I was four years old when Disney’s The Little Mermaid came out, and my childhood was filled with mermaids. I would practice swimming with my feet squeezed together, and see how long I could hold my breath underwater,” she says.

“In adulthood, this obsession blossomed into to fascination with the mythology and symbolism surrounding mermaids. To me, the mermaid is the ultimate symbol of feminine empowerment. As a performer, I wanted to explore the mermaid’s hold on society’s collective imagination through the power of the stage.”

Audiences who are familiar with Cirque Nocturne’s previous works can expect to the see traditional circus acts, such as aerialists and fire performers the company is known for.

But Rusalka is set to be even bigger, with dance, burlesque and music in addition to the acrobatics.

“The mermaid is so graceful and sensuous in her aquatic world, I wanted some of that fluidity to come across in the performances,” Kate says.

Rusalka will play at Star Theatre One on the 19th and 27th of October at 6pm. Please note this show is not suitable for children and is rated 18+.

Grab your tickets HERE.