This work will take primary and intermediate students back in time, before children had access to televisions, computers and expensive toys, when the neighbourhood street was a playground full of adventure and make-believe.

Download the programme for Junk here

Junk responds to the question “In the 21st century world do we over supervise our children? Are we creating a generation denied the opportunity to take risks, find their boundaries and exercise their imagination?”

This vibrant take on childhood tumbles headfirst into a world of play and imagination through circus skills, acrobatics and beautiful shadow puppetry.

The professionally trained young artists of Flying Fruit Fly Circus undertook research with local elders, collecting their stories about childhood play in regional Australia during the 1940’s. These became the inspiration to create this story of a modern-day boy who finds himself in an abandoned junkyard inhabited by the spirits of children from the 1940’s whose  boundless enthusiasm urges him to play without inhibition. Free from adult supervision they teach him to trust, invent and take risks.

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is Australia’s national youth circus, famous for creating work that is visually rich, physically inspiring and emotionally engaging. Appealing to a cross generational audience, for 35 years it has helped ordinary kids to do extraordinary things, creating a new generation of young performers.

Years 2-8: Physical theatre, general

Schools Matinee: Friday March 9

Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
$10 (1 teacher free for every 10 students)

For matinee and circus workshops DOWNLOAD BOOKING FORM HERE or contact [email protected]  


Audience reactions

Relaxed performance(Please note this matinee is also a relaxed performance for people with autism spectrum conditions, sensory and communication disorders or a learning disability.  Click here for relaxed performance details    

NZSL interpreted performanceIt will also be New Zealand Sign Language Interpreted

Established by Eve Gordon and Mike Edward in 2009, The Dust Palace is New Zealand's pre-eminent circus theatre company. 

Prior to and after the schools matinee of JUNK,  in the Bruce Mason Centre,  Dust Palace performers are offering workshops for students on  juggling, hula hoops and acrobalance.
Numbers are limited to 20 students in each group.  
No experience needed - just enthusiasm, appropriate clothing and water! 

Session 1: 10.30-11.15 am

  • Age 6-8 ( lower primary)
  • age 8-10 – (upper primary
  • Age 10-12 (Intermediate)

Session 2: – 12.30 – 1.15 pm

  • Age 6-8 ( lower primary)
  • age 8-10 –( upper primary
  • Age 10-12 (Intermediate)

 Workshops are $10 per student. 


Artistic Director:
 Jodie Farrugia
Executive Director/Producer: Richard Hull
Sound Designer: Bec Matthews
Set Designer: Joey Ruigro
Lighting Designer: Tom Willis
Costume Designer: Lyn Shields
Dramaturge & Puppet Direction: Sarah Kriegler (Lemony S Puppet Theatre)
Rigging Designer and Set Construction: Simon Yates
Rigger: Daryll John
Master Trainer: Loic Marques
Show Trainer/Circus Associate: Alex Mizzen
Creative Circus Associates: Ben Lewis, Chelsea McGuffin, Simon McClure and Shane Witt
Technical Manager: Scott Stoddart
Tour Manager: Madge Fletcher
Stage Manager: Jordan Hiles
Lighting Relighter (Regional Tour): Kris Chainey
Production Assistant: Zach Johnson
Set and Prop Construction: James Holt, Doug Fox and Jo Lancaster
Film and Documentation: Helen Newman (Nomad Films)
Photographer: Ian Sutherland

Savanna Barker
Holly-Rose Boyer
Campbell Clarke
Matilda Hendrie
Kayla Hulm
Mitchell Kilsby
Fidel Lancaster-Cole
Thomas Leask
William Ledingham
Gabrielle Lee
Ellie Marks
Georgie McFarlane
Poppy McFarlane
Soma Murphy
Angus Onley
Ewan Schell
Abbey Szakal

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Presented by
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With support from
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***** "Exhilarating, inspirational and fun."