LET THE SHOW BEGIN! Circus Oz performers (above and left) in action at the Macademia Castle, Knockrow, yesterday ahead of their sold-out performances in Lismore tomorrow and Saturday.
LET THE SHOW BEGIN! Circus Oz performers (above and left) in action at the Macademia Castle, Knockrow, yesterday ahead of their sold-out performances in Lismore tomorrow and Saturday. MIREILLE MERLET-SHAW

Homecoming stage fright

WORLD-RENOWNED Circus Oz is in town performing two sold-out NORPA shows at the Lismore City Hall this weekend.

Audiences can expect a mix of acrobatics, flying trapeze, juggling and uni-cycling just to name a few, all performed on a large-scale set inspired by an abandoned theatre in tatters to the sound of a live eclectic band.

For acrobat and flying trapeze artist Dale Woodbridge-Brown, the Lismore performances will be particularly daunting, not because of his gravity-defying routine, but because he will be performing in front of family.

"I'm from a place called Mungindi, it's on the border of New South Wales and Queensland, but I actually have family in Lismore and over in Ballina," he said.

"When there's family or loved ones in the audience, it always makes you a lot more nervous."

Mr Woodbridge-Brown was part of the Circus Oz act that made its debut in the Northern Rivers in front of a small crowd of lucky pass holders at the Macadamia Castle yesterday evening.

Macadamia Castle owner Tony Gilding said he had been a fan of the Australian circus company for as long as they had been around.

"I've always admired their cleverness and their dexterity and ethics," he said.

"So when I heard that they were coming to the Northern Rivers, I was quickly in touch with NORPA." Mr Gilding said he offered to sponsor the show if a small meet-and-greet performance could be arranged for Macadamia Castle members.

It will be the first time three-year-old Nora Maguire from Suffolk Park has seen a real live circus act.

"I'm excited to see the jugglers," she said.



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