Flippin’ huge circus

(Top to bottom) Jake Silvestro, Lachlan Sukroo and Ania Reynolds are part of the ensemble bringing Circus Oz's 'Model Citizens' to the Civic Theatre.

The circus is coming to town – and there’s never been a better time to run away with them.

Circus Oz returns to Townsville this Thursday and Friday for Model Citizens, a new production that’s larger than life in more ways than one.

The show features oversized everyday objects – think eight-foot-high clothes pegs – as the props off which the 11 performers work their magic. The mystery and appeal of the show is already clear, with the Civic Theatre just announcing further ticket releases to keep up with demand.

Model Citizens performer Jake Silvestro said taking such a large-scale show on tour was an exciting opportunity to visit regional areas and introduce them to new exciting performances.

“It’s really exciting for regional audiences in particular to see this kind of work – I feel like people in the cities get a lot more acrobatic shows, but this hopefully won’t be like anything Townsville has seen before, so will definitely be worth checking out,” said Jake.

“It’s much easier to join the circus these days than it used to be. Australia’s really great for it. A lot of towns and cities including Townsville have youth circus programs similar to your after-school soccer or basketball, where you can go and learn acrobatics, aerials, or juggling from a lot of amazing coaches. I know that’s how [fellow performer] Lachlan and I got our starts in circus, and where a lot of the cast began.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair, Cr Colleen Doyle, said welcoming Circus Oz back to Townsville was an exciting opportunity to wow audiences and inspire young imaginations.

“I think it’s vitally important not only for audiences but for anyone who’s aspiring to be an artist in this sort of genre for us to bring world-class performances such as Model Citizens to Townsville. You get exposure to something that has national and international recognition, and really see where it can take you,” Cr Doyle said.

“I’d like to think the rest of the country recognises Townsville’s potential not only from an audience base but also as a place where you can actually draw talent from – not that I want to see our talent leave! But I think we do have a wonderful breeding place for both performing and visual artists.”

Flip in to see Circus Oz’s Model Citizens at the Townsville Civic Theatre this Thursday and Friday. The final tickets are now available through the Ticketshop.

For information on local circus workshops, visit Cajam Circus or La Luna Youth Arts on Facebook.

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