Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Circus Oz

Circus Oz is a touring ensemble who have played everywhere from (r)Adelaide to Yuendumu and a hundred places in between.

Their show is a fabulous mix of clowning, stunts, acrobatics and athleticism. What was doubly impressive was that in between (and sometimes during) their act the performers play assorted musical instruments; from a howling wah-wah muffled trumpet, screeching violins to a whirling Hammond organ.

The show was funny, breathtaking and raucous. Olivia Porter (pictured centre) was a clown, the butt of the jokes for most of the show as she shuffled round the stage and occasionally spilled her one lense glasses or fell off the trapeze. And then she juggled. I think she was the most amazing and talented juggler I've ever seen. We chatted at the bar and I asked her the inevitably dull question about how long she practiced and a couple of the crew who overheard my question pitched in and said 'ALL the time'. She juggled with five balls and could catch and throw balls with her feet. Just amazing.

It was such a memorable night. The kids loved it. Elijah cried at the end of the show as he didn't want it to end.

If you get a chance to see Circus Oz (whether you're in Canberra or Caracus) then get along!! ‪#‎Butwaittheresmore‬ ‪#‎CircusOz‬ @CanberraTheatre

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