Dynamic Australian youth circus Flying Fruit Fly Circus presents their latest show for all ages, a spellbinding playground adventure set in a junkyard inhabited by children from the 1940s.
Download the programme for JUNK here.
An ordinary boy, covered head-to-toe in safety gear, prepares to ride his bicycle. Then, out of nowhere, he is sucked back in time to the 1940s. There, in an abandoned junkyard, he meets a gang of kids wild at heart, whose boundless enthusiasm urges him to play as children once did: without inhibition and free from adult supervision.
Propelled by a cast of talented young performers, this vibrant take on childhood tumbles headfirst into a world of play and imagination through circus skills and acrobatics, beautiful shadow puppetry and a moving sense of nostalgia for a time when young people were encouraged to take risks and weren't wrapped in cotton wool.
Bring your children and embolden them to invent their own fun and maybe inspire them to unleash their inner circus acrobat, too.
Come early and experience pre-show performances by New Zealand circus theatre company The Dust Palace, or book in for exciting circus workshops.
Top-of-the-Heap: Experience giggles, contortion, adventures, tea parties and awesome pirate battles in The Dust Palace's free pre-show circus performance installation. Top-of-the-Heap start in the foyer 45 minutes before every JUNK show. FREE entry
Kids' Circus Skills Workshops (for ages 4-12): Small group workshops for kids to learn tumbling, juggling, balancing and other fabulous circus skills. Numbers are strictly limited. Tickets $10. Click here for details
Flying Fruit Fly Circus artistic director Jodie Farrugia talks to Radio NZ about how JUNK asks challenging questions about when kids should be given the chance to take risks, and discover their own boundaries. Click here to listen
Artistic Director: Jodie Farrugia
Executive Director/Producer: Richard Hull
Sound Designer: Bec Matthews
Set Designer: Joey Ruigrok
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
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
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With support from
The Clyde Graham Charitable Trust managed by
***** "Exhilarating, inspirational and fun."— ArtsHub