Roll up and be amazed as Circus Oz hits Lismore this month
IT'S possibly the most intriguing circus in Australia, and now it's coming to Lismore.
Circus Oz will roll into NORPA at Lismore City Hall later this month with its new show But Wait … There's More, which has been gob-smacking audiences in sell-out shows across the nation.
Cooked up in a secret circus laboratory in Melbourne, and performed within a spectacular large-scale set inspired by an abandoned theatre in tatters, But Wait ... There's More is a punchy, exciting and funny vaudeville-inspired show for all ages.
>>Circus Oz is at Lismore City Hall, Friday, October 24, and Saturday, October 25. More information and tickets here.
Audiences can expect an astonishing mix of stunt-jumping acrobatics, cutting-edge juggling, virtuosic unicycling, elegant trapeze flying, the exciting roue cyr rim, cheeky impersonations, ridiculous knockabout and multi-skilled human physical exuberance, all accompanied by an original, rocking eclectic live band.
The use of satire in its performance is the hallmark of Circus Oz, music director at Ania Reynolds said.
"One of the main things is you've got to have a good sense of humour and be able to poke fun at yourself as well as an all number of things," she said.
A lot of what it focuses on within its satire is mass consumerism and the amount of information being thrown at us through media and the internet, and the impact that has on people's psychological wellbeing, Reynolds said.
"It's an interest subject to approach."
Circus Oz is both very traditional but quite different to what people believe a circus to be.
"I think that's always been part of its philosophy - it certainly, while being a contemporary circus, aims to appeal to the widest possible audience," she said.
Reynolds has been part of Circus Oz since 2010, having previously worked with Polyglot Theatre, Westside Circus, the National Institute of Circus Arts, the Women's Circus, Asking For Trouble Physical Theatre and Melbourne Workers' Theatre Company.
She said she loved being part of Circus Oz because it embraced individualism - the skills of each of the individual troupe members determines what goes into the show.
Of course, there's also the history of the circus being an accepting place for those who are a bit different.
"It's that thing of oddities being celebrated rather than punished," Reynolds said.
"We have a diverse and interesting troupe - I find working with these guys really rewarding.
"I absolutely love it. It's certainly a theatre company in Australia that has a proud history - Circus Oz has changed the shape of contemporary circus and theatre."