Clown playing with fire at the North Coast National
OBSESSING over the mastery of "pointless tricks" was how 22-year old Luke Whittingham described his journey to being a clown.
Since he started playing around with circus stunts seven years ago, Mr Whittingham, AKA "Scrambles", has managed to pick up juggling, unicycling, fire-breathing to name a few.
He eventually joined a local circus arts academy and did a show at the Ashton Circus in 2012 before embarking on a degree in performance and theatre at the University of New England.
"I like to learn little pointless tricks and I ran into a friend who had that same sort of passion and we fed off each other," Scrambles explained.
"From there we joined a circus class which we ended up teaching."
Scrambles the "well-dressed clown" is one of several performers gracing the community stage at the North Coast National.
The community stage is right at home for our region - which boasts the most number of artists in the country - it's literally for anyone who wants to come and show off their talents.
Scrambles promised lots of tricky juggling, lots of fire, and "lots of laughs".
"It's always good to have an audience. I guess I love attention; that's why I do it," he confessed. It's good making other people enjoy what you enjoy doing."