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ACAPTA - Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association

Join us for our Big Night Out
ACAPTA Fundraiser!

ACAPTA is holding a fundraiser to raise much needed funds to support our operations so that we can continue to support the on-going development of our sector through consultation, networking, advocacy, lobbying and collaboration to produce vibrant and world-class opportunities for Australian circus artists.


Shake off your winter and get ready to strut your stuff when the CARNIES blitz Chaser’s on September 26th. We'll be presenting excerpts of some of the newest and most exciting work from around the Country, including sneak peeks of yet to be seen Australian premieres and incredible snippets of work straight from the Edinburgh Fringe stages including Die Roten Punkte, A4 Circus Ensemble, Captain Ruin, Maude Davey and loads more super slick and sexy, but still secret circus artists!

So put on your best party frock and get ready to marvel as circus madmen and women from all over Australia tear up CHASERS to support ACAPTA and the circus community. MORE INFO...

ACAPTA Call Out for performers … we need your generosity, talents and support. Click HERE for more details.


Our circus sesh is filling up fast!

Calling all circus or physical theatre performers, directors, riggers, techs, producers, managers, board members, administrators, researchers, CEOs, academics,  trainers, friends, policy makers and funding bodies?

Join us for the first-ever, no holds barred gathering of the Victorian Circus Arts sector. Places are filling fast so BOOK NOW.  Head to our webpage for more details.


Welcome to ACAPTA’s first ever Circus Remuneration and Other Benefits Surveys.

Our aim is to capture a snapshot of the circus arts and physical theatre industry’s current remuneration position. We will use these results as a way of benchmarking and promoting improved remuneration across our particular sector.

In order to get the most useful and accurate results for analysis, we have prepared two different Surveys, one for individuals who work predominantly as Freelance industry members and one for Organisations.  Click HERE to participate in the survey now.


What's on

[Skye Gellmann & Kieran Law]

Junction Festival:  4th - 8th September 2013
Melbourne Fringe Festival:
24th - 28th September 2013

Recently nominated for a Green Room Award (‘Innovation and Excellence in Circus’), Blindscape is an immersive performance not to be missed! Blindscape looks to engage its audience in a visceral environment that collapses real and imagined boundaries. Using a provided iPhone, pre-loaded with the specially designed Blindscape App, you enter the virtual world as you enter the performance space.
Junction Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival


The Syndicate
[Captain Ruin & Elena Kirschbaum]

MELBOURNE: 11th to 15th September 2013

Come and step into a dark world of mystery with The Syndicate – a racy, late night cabaret sensation featuring acclaimed purveyors of the weird and wonderful. Your charming and firey compere Captain Ruin, circus dare devil Ell Bella and the macabre Madame – Bam Bam. MORE INFO...


LA SOIRÉE - Brisbane Festival

BRISBANE FESTIVAL: 7th – 28th September 2013

Impossible to define and impossible to resist! The award-winning international variety sensation returns for limited engagement Australian seasons! Prepare to be amazed, amused, appalled, aroused, shocked, stirred and shaken as you enter the sexy, funny and dangerous world of LA SOIRÉE. MORE INFO...


Knee Deep [Casus] – Brisbane Festival

BRISBANE FESTIVAL: 24th to 26th September 2013.

In a breathtaking and vulnerable display of grace and physical power, Brisbane-born contemporary circus troupe Casus return home with their exquisite piece, Knee Deep. Performed to sold out audiences around the world this elegant acrobatic show, set to a haunting soundtrack will leave you breathless. MORE INFO...


Dandyman [Daniel Oldaker] – BRISBANE FESTIVAL

BRISBANE FESTIVAL: 24th to 28th September 2013

Dandyman is a journey of peculiar proportions. A poignant story about waiting, about tested patience, and the way we interact with a changing world. Performer Daniel Oldaker draws on absurd comedy, top-notch circus skills, and magic, and blends them into something entirely unique and a little bit chaotic. MORE INFO...


[Three High Acrobatics]
Melbourne Fringe Festival

MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL: 20th to 27th September 2013

Join our quintessential Aussie Blokes Bazza and Gazza on their ill fated camping adventure. As the mishaps pile up for these accident prone best mates, the bravado is tested. When ‘She’ll be right’ isn’t right what is left behind? A sensitive new age guy? A metro sexual? A Tony Abbott supporter? Multi award winning circus company, Three High Acrobatics, take you camping as they search to discover whats buried beneath pie crumbs and longnecks. MORE INFO...


Die Roten Punkte’s Circus Discotheque
Melbourne Fringe Festival


Following sell-out shows in New York, Montreal and Edinburgh, utterly dysfunctional siblings Otto and Astrid Rot return to Melbourne Fringe to host one night only of CIRCUS + DANCE + CIRCUS DISCOTHEQUE!

The circus and physical comedy stars of the Fringe will showcase their bendy skills to dance anthems from Fame and Flashdance through to Daft Punk and K-Pop. MORE INFO...


ASORE – A Series Of Rare Events
[A4 Circus Ensemble]
Melbourne Fringe Festival

MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL: 1st to 5th October 2013

What series of rare events leads someone to a life in the circus? A4 Circus Ensemble explores this question by overlaying evocative vocal narration with mesmerizing acrobatics, foot-juggling and risely. Combining the tradition and grace of a 1920’s travelling circus with the sensuality of contemporary circus, Asoré invites you behind the curtain, where nothing is as glamorous as it seems.  MORE INFO...


…We Should Quit [Tom and Morgan]
Melbourne Fringe Festival

MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL: 1st to 5th October 2013

A physical comedy based in an office space. Imagine two cogs in the machine of an unknown corporation, whose lives are stuck in a rut and composed completely of daily routine. Thomas McDonald and Morgan Wilson go about their day procrastinating and in the end have accomplished only the most mundane of tasks. But suddenly when their routine is broken, chaos ensues. MORE INFO...


[Highwire Events & Entertainment]
Melbourne Fringe Festival

MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL: 1st to 5th October 2013

From high flying acrobats to saucy cigarette girls, death-defying balancing acts, stunning acrobatics and soul capturing melodies – step into the magical world of Papillon – a beautiful, funny, and entertaining show that will have you captivated from start to finish. MORE INFO...


Door [Josh Croall]
Sydney Fringe Festival

SYDNEY FESTIVAL: 26th & 28th September 2013

Afraid of stepping into the unknown? Trying something different? DOOR captures the beauty of circus and physical theatre with an in-depth story of a character who opens a new door to a dream he always wanted. MORE INFO...


Melbourne Juggling Convention 2013

MELBOURNE: 20th - 23rd September 2013

MJC 2013 is back with a bang! 4 days of circus workshops, performances and fun. Whether you juggle, spin, hula or just love watching circus, MJC is the place to be! Workshops from beginner to advanced in all kinds of circus, from juggling to mini-tramp to hula hoops and anything else you can think of! MORE INFO...


Mullum Circus Festival 2013

Training Programme 30th September to 3rd October
Mullum Circus Festival 4th to 6th October

The Mullum Circus Festival, hosted by Spaghetti Circus in their 21st year, will take place in the stunning surrounds of Mullumbimby. At the foot of Mount Chincogan, nestled amongst the hills and a short hop to the beaches of Brunswick Heads and Byron Bay, you will find a place to exhale. MORE INFO...

Check out the latest NEWS from the Mullum Circus Festival.


Chinatown Big Top [Sandfly Circus]

BROOME: 13th - 14th September 2013

Theatre Kimberley’s Act Belong Commit Sandfly Circus will be presenting their annual circus show on the as part of Shinju Matsuri – Festival of the Pearl. “Chinatown Big Top” is based on the true-life history of the Hyland Circus, a family circus that operated out of Broome from 1912. MORE INFO...


Identite [Flipside Circus]

SUNSHINE COAST:  2nd to 4th October 2013

In their first Sunshine Coast performance, Flipside Circus presents a contemporary circus piece that explores identity, the innocence of youth and the questions we ask ourselves when growing up. Who am I? What do I want to be? Where will my identity take me?  MORE INFO...



Supermusician [Die Roten Punkte]
Christchurch Arts Festival - 5th & 6th September 2013

Described as “a lipstick-smeared, tantrum-loving, sonic collision between the B52s, Kraftwerk and early Ramones”, Die Roten Punkte are truly one of a kind. Christchurch Arts Festival

Briefs, The Second Coming [Briefs Factory]
Dublin Fringe Festival
- 5th to 11th September 2013
London Wonderground - 19th to 28th September 2013

Fresh from glitter-bombing the Edinburgh Fringe, the award winning trouble makers are ready to unleash The Second Coming: a disorderly, circus infused Briefs-boys feast of new tricks, new wigs, new boys, new feathers and a new addictive sound track.
Dublin Fringe Festival
  |  London Wonderground





Congratulations to all of our friends who recently performed as part of the Edinburgh Fringe!

We want to say a huge congratulations to all of our members who killed them at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last month!

While the Dandyman entertained them on the streets [and online], Casus, Gravity and Other Myths, Die Roten Punkte, Briefs, 3 is a Crowd and Circosis all received rave reviews in the theatres. Amongst the sea of 5 and 4 star reviews, many of our friends were also nominated for various awards and with 2,871 shows registered with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, thats not a small feat by any stretch of the imagination!  MORE INFO...


Flying Fruit Fly Circus appoints new Artistic Director

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is delighted to announce the appointment of Jodie Farrugia as new Artistic Director. Jodie will join the circus, famous for training ordinary kids to do extraordinary things, to lead its artistic program.

We would like to say a very warm congratulations to Jodie in her exciting new role!


The Way of the Showman:
The life and times of Captain Frodo

Check out Carnival Cinema’s new online series, The Way of the Showman.

Made by 2 friends [Hamish McCormick and Captain Frodo] over 10 years and shot all over the world ‘The Way Of The Showman’ is an intimate and entertaining series taking you behind the scenes and into the life of Captain Frodo renowned circus/sideshow/variety performer and self described ‘Modern Showman’.


The Flying Fruit Fly Circus take on Australia's Got Talent

Australia's National Youth Circus is set to show the country what they do and share their passion for circus with a whole new audience. Braving the judges comments, the Fruities have created an original two minute act for the show. 'The Laws of Gravity' is directed by the company's new Artistic Director Jodie Farrugia, with 25 young circus artists. Follow their journey on Sunday nights, 6.30pm on Channel 9.



Apologies for the link error last month. In case you missed the updated link on our facebook and twitter here it is again...

"Although it has not been formally announced, word is spreading throughout the Australian circus industry that in 2014 the Melbourne Festival is planning a major focus on contemporary circus..."

Here is the correct link to the article we posted about Melbourne Festivals plans for 2014.


Join the Performing Older Women’s [POW] Circus

POW Circus is a small community circus for women aged 50 and over and they’re looking for new members in their Acrobalance class. Robyn Peck first joined POW Circus in 1995 and thought the idea of a circus for older women was fantastic. She tells us a bit about her experiences here...


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