31 Circus Acts in 30 Minutes

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts (Circa)


Professional production

A review in 30 words: A talented trio of engaging performers present a dazzling display of circus acts at breakneck speed to the delight of children and adults alike. A perfect showcase for Circa’s talents.


Under the artistic direction of Yaron Lifschitz, the trio of David Carberry, Darcy Grant and Chelsea McGuffin make the many disciplines of circus performance look deceptively easy. They quickly establish a relationship with their mostly young audience and, using the clever device of having to beat the stage-side clock which is counting down the minutes, they build up a comic tension as to whether they will be able to finish on-time.

Moving swiftly through tumbling, trapeze, balance, unicycle, diabolo and hoop work, they display a strength, flexibility, nerve and control that delights the children and leaves the adults in the audience feeling breathless. An ideal show for the school holidays, this is a cut-down version of a longer production that has toured successfully both in Australia and overseas.

There has been an amazing resurgence of interest in circus skills around the world recently, and Circa is very much part of this international movement. Through its performances and teaching workshops it aims to encourage people of all ages to test and develop physical skills that may, or may not lead to performance, but should certainly do a lot to improve fitness and concentration – which must be a good thing whether you are 6 or 60.

Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz

Playing until 8 October 2006: 11am and 1pm

Running time (no interval) 30 minutes

— Maureen Strugnell
(Performance seen: Tue 3rd October 2006)