Gnomes convey out the most effective in youth circus

Backyard gnomes on stage. Picture: Helen Musa

IT’S that point of the yr when Canberra’s youth troupe, Warehouse Circus, strut their  stuff on stage at The Road Theatre – covid allowing, that’s.

This yr this system is themed across the 4 components earth, air, fireplace and water, intently linked to the 4 seasons, because the younger artists exhibit their acrobatic, aerial feats, juggling expertise and their sheer sense of enjoyable.

They’ve even give you a intelligent hyperlink into Floriade with a four-strong group of jugglers dressed up as backyard gnomes – and sure they’re going to carry out in Commonwealth Park, too.

I caught up with director Idris Stanbury because the younger solid went by way of their rope and juggling routines on stage at The Road.

“It’s good to be in manufacturing once more,” he says.

Rope expertise. Picture: Helen Musa.

Stanbury has an extended reference to Canberra, having been born right here, though in his youth he spent extra time in Goulburn getting concerned with   the Lieder Theatre, later occurring to check circus on the Nationwide Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne, the place he lived for 19 years as knowledgeable performer.

He’s been again in Canberra  for the previous 5 years and is now head of efficiency at Warehouse Circus.

“I wished the solid to expertise a manufacturing as just like knowledgeable, present as doable, with a deal with every performer working to a selected solo specialty and a bunch act in the event that they wished, permitting them to time to make each bit shine,” he says.

“I’m actually glad to supply skilled expertise to the children, as they present the most effective of they’ve acquired… getting correct technical assist on stage makes a giant distinction from performing in our gymnasium.

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“This yr we’re trying on the method the weather have an effect on our lives in each constructive and destructive methods, however it’s not too darkish. Simply as bushfires enable seeds to germinate, there’s the great with the unhealthy.”

The 80-minute present is sort of a manufacturing, with 29 artists on stage, and a powerful color within the costumes, and within the alternative of pop music from totally different many years.

“In fact, we have now the backyard gnomes stitching issues collectively, warming up the viewers and casting round  the ‘seeds of acrobatics’,” Stanbury says.

“Elemental,” Warehouse Circus on the Road Theatre till Saturday, October 8.


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Ian Meikle, editor