By A Thread

Wednesday 12 July at 7.30pm
Thursday 13 July at 7.30pm
Friday 14 July at 7.30pm
Saturday 15 July at 1.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 16 July at 7.30pm

Gasworks Theatre

Approx 50 minutes

Contains Haze

Full $30 per show (min 3 shows)
Concession $25 per show (min 3 shows)

Full $45
Concession $40
Under 30 $40
Group (6+) $35

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by Hannie Rayson (May 2017)
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by Terence O’Connell (June/July 2017)
By A Thread
by One Fell Swoop (July 2017)
The Crow Family
by Maude Davey (July 2017)
Bakersfield Mist
by Tasmanian Theatre Company and Straightjacket Productions (August 2017)
The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez
by Finucane & Smith (September 2017)
by Worklight Theatre Co. (October 2017)
A Prudent Man
by Lab Kelpie (November 2017)

Wheelchair Accessible

Gasworks Arts Park Presents

By a Thread

New ensemble circus creation, created for the Gasworks Theatre. Runners Up in our Circus Showdown 2016, and sensations at our Melbourne Fringe 2016 season, One Fell Swoop return to Gasworks Arts Park with a show that combines striking tableau and breathtaking dynamics.

Long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves and wrap around bodies, connecting the artists’ movements together both on and above the ground. Like the boom and sheets of a sailing ship, the performers are hoisted and swung by one another, as if weightless. The actions of one acrobat affect and implicate the movements of others in a precise negotiation of cause and effect.

The rope is a physical manifestation of the trust implicit in any relationship, acrobatic or otherwise. The performers use this metaphor to explore the give and take, the balance, and the risk, of trusting each other. Leaving behind the realm of the solo act where a performer relies on their individual strength, in By A Thread the strength of the group combines to hold up the collective, keeping them suspended in mid-air.

One Fell Swoop is made up of seven emerging circus artists from Melbourne’s NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts). They are amongst the most exciting upcoming circus performers in Australia. By a Thread is conceived and created entirely by the ensemble, with the Gasworks theatre in mind.

The group pushes the boundaries of what seems possible… If you want to see a group of exceptional humans pushing the limits of their art, this show is definitely for you. An audience member sitting near me summed it up best at the end of the show when she said “I want to watch it again”. ★★★★1/2 – The West Australian

In a spectacular display of strength, performance art and a whole lot of trust, the group from By A Thread blew the room away with their innovative and damn brilliant show.. ★★★★1/2 – The


Directed by Jonathan Morgan and Charice Rust
Ensemble Jonathan Morgan, Charice Rust, Sarah Berrell, Ryan Darwin, Ela Bartilomo, Hamish Norris, and Jordan O’Brien
Design and Technical Support by Caleb Morgan
Dramaturg Zebastian Hunter
Lighting Design After Dark Theatre
Costume Design Emily Barrie


Gasworks Art Park’s Moving Parts season presents the very best of professional theatre. Performed on the main stage, our Moving Parts season is a curated mix of drama, music, circus, and comedy. From international exclusives to shows created specifically for our stage, we’ve scoured the globe to select eight extraordinary performances especially for you.

There’s not just fantastic quality on offer, there’s superb value, too!

You will save more than 40% on full priced tickets when booking three or more shows – the savings are so great that you could subscribe to three shows for the same cost of two full-priced tickets! You’ll also get priority access to the best seats in the house before single tickets go on sale to the general public, and receive special offers throughout the year, including discounted tickets to other Gasworks Arts Park productions, VIP experiences and more.

A Subscription of 3 or more shows works out to just $30 per show (full) or $25 (concession). Get your theatre fix at Gasworks Arts Park!

Tell me those benefits of being a subscriber again:

  • Save more than 40% on full priced tickets (when booking three or more shows)
  • Get priority access to the best seats in the house before single tickets go on sale to the general public
  • Get discounted tickets to other Gasworks productions, including $10 tickets to the Gasworks Circus Showdown Heats
  • If you can’t make a performance, you can exchange your tickets so you don’t miss out
  • Receive special offers throughout the year, including discounted tickets to other Gasworks productions, VIP experiences and more!


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

This project is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH Lab.

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