Circus Showdown Heats

Wednesday 23 May at 7.30pm
Thursday 24 May at 7.30pm

Gasworks Theatre

Approx 120 minutes

Full $30
Concession $25
Moving Parts Subscriber $20

Full $30 per show (min 3 shows)
Concession $25 per show (min 3 shows)
Megan Beckwith MARCH
Elements Collective
Hotel Sorrento
by Hannie Rayson MAY-JUNE
Which Way Home
Ilbijerri Theatre Company JUNE
Letters to Lindy
Alana Valentine JULY

Wheelchair Accessible

Gasworks Arts Park presents

Circus Showdown Heats

Gasworks Arts Park’s Circus Showdown provides professional development opportunities for circus and physical theatre artists in a festival showcase loved by audiences since 2012.

The only performance opportunity of its kind in Australia, Gasworks Circus Showdown invites artists from across Australia to present 10-15 minute solo, duo or group acts in a professional venue under the guidance of experienced circus professionals.

Two heats culminate in a final showcase that brings the most advanced artists together for one night, where an overall winner will be awarded a series of career development opportunities. Previous finalists have used Gasworks Circus Showdown as a springboard to develop new works which have been performed nationally and internationally.

Competitors for 2018


Break The Mould present Spanners and Spatulas
No man is small. No woman is large. Men wear suits. Women wear dresses. Men are strong. Women are frail. Men are stoic. Women are emotional. Men use spanners. Women use spatulas. Men lift things. Women get lifted. Or… not. A comedic jaunt through our failures to fit the mold.

Byron Hutton presents Any Questions?
‘Do one thing every day that scares you’ – Malia Walsh
I don’t know if you’ll like this. It’s going to be extreme. Hopefully my technically artistic juggling will make up for my lack of experience performing in this style. Intrigued? Me too.

Oddity Circus present Glass Universe
A glimpse of two lives running parallel for a time, with similar hopes and convergent dreams.
Delve into the rawness of human connection, power, and the desire for equality and understanding. Explore the bond of two people as their lives intersect and they negotiate chaos, unfamiliarity, tension and power dynamics.

Three Feet present Boxed in Sideways

Four women, Four boxes. We don’t fit into them. Never have.
A powerful statement of what can be achieved by women who lift each other up, challenging the limits of the physical and psychological. Three Feet speak a louder truth of lived experience through circus, dance and puppetry.


Calligraphy Circus present The Last Letter
Letter writing is a dying artform. Reflect on the power of words and stories from all around the world as The Last Letter takes you on a journey. The stories leap from the page, taking on physical form and visual life. The unheard will be heard, with an acrobatic twist!

YUCK Circus present YUCK
An all female cast YUCK is a wild and ridiculous representation of all the uncomfortable conversations accumulated over a lifetime. Drawn from personal experiences, they’re ready to turn the controversial into to the contemplated, using high-flying acrobatics, absurd confessions, and some groovy dancing.

One Fell Swoop present Kilter
To stand on a rope you don’t balance yourself over it – you pull the rope underneath you. You don’t find your balance, you fight for it, continuously.
Like life it is an unstable equilibrium that needs constant work to sustain.
Here circus reflects life: the balance in motion, tipping points, clarity in focus, and the precariousness of being still in turbulence.

Simon Wright presents Totally Plucked
A daring new comedy circus solo show by Awarding Winning Circus performer Simon Wright. Top twisted circus tricks meets absurd wordless characters in this joyful ride through wonderfully stupid physical comedy. You have seen him on ABC TV, now see him in the flesh, or even decorated in feathers!

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, dance, circus, and comedy. We’ve scoured the globe to select six extraordinary performances especially for you.

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

Join Gasworks as a subscriber to three or more shows and save on single ticket prices. You can pick your favourite seat for the year 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!

Student Group and Industry discounts available. Please call our box office on 8606 4299

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