With apologies to our reader “Mess”, I’m going to hijack the story he started last night with these words:
The Jester Ball tonight [Last night now] seemed to me like a smashing success. It was well run and well organised and with close to 400 people in attendance, a whole heap of fun. Some people went all out with awesome costumes and elaborate masks, and others chose the more casual approach wearing little more than jeans, t-shirt and mask.
The music was entertaining, as well as the burlesque show and the Jester himself was an aboslute riot.
As someone who had absolutely nothing to do with the event, except see the ad on the-riotact.com and decide it seemed like a good idea, I would like to congratulate the organisers and say ” I cant wait for the next one”, I was also wondering when the video clip comes out?
Having personally under-written the Jester’s Ball advertising on RiotACT I did have a $100 interest in the event’s success. Therefore I was very pleased to see what looked like a raging triumph from the dance floor. Many in the crowd wondered if perhaps Tom Woodward could put one on every month or so? Interstate visitors dragged along by friends were certainly expressing a revised opinion of Canberra night life.
There were enough fishnets present to extinct a whole variety of tuna, enough feathers to dust a palace, and enough fun and excitement to raise the spirits of anyone. But enough of me telling, here’s a lot of pictures:
[Note: To avoid a repeat of the Melbourne Cup Fiasco please bear in mind that the people in these photos have allowed their good time to be interrupted to provide you with amusement. So if you can’t say anything nice, best to not say anything at all]
The Albert Hall in readiness:
Early on I had my camera accidentally in “sunset” mode. This, combined with the flash and the heat lamps radiating in every corner, actually created some decidedly interesting shots.
Here’s the string quartet which greeted punctual revelers:
And here’s the man of the hour, Mr. Tom Woodward:
Then we took stock of the astonishing costumes: