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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Little circus thinks big



Plenty of hoopla as Eve Everard rehearses for the show. Photo: Stuart Walmsley

Ron Cerabona

from: canberratimes.com.au

March 3, 2012.
There might be no big cats in the circus, but the performers have plenty to roar about.
Many a circus traditionally has three rings. The Great Australian Bite-Sized Circus has three performers, but this newly formed Canberra venture wants people to think ‘‘inside the box’’ and understand that it’s not the size that matters. It’s a labour of love for co-founders Eve Everard, 29, and her partner Luke Forrester, 20, who have pooled their talents with those of Kerry Truman, 19, to create a self-financed small-scale show with big ambitions.
Not that the size means a lack of diversity. This circus is animal-free – wanting to show what humans are capable of – and promises feats of balance, acrobatics and aerial skills from its three performers who have performed in 14 countries among them. She says their show combines character work and audience interaction with spectacle, ‘‘all the things we really love and we wanted to make sure the show will showcase these things’’. It’s all bound up in a story, she says. ‘‘The theme is that the circus has been taken over by toys that have all come out of a magical toybox. Luke is a tin soldier, Kerry is a jack in the box and I play the ballerina out of the music box.‘‘There’s all sorts of mischief the toys get up to.’’


Bite-Sized Circus performer Kerry Truman getting ready for the show's opening.

Photo: Stuart Walmsley

Their intention after the Canberra season is to go on tour in Australia, especially to places that don’t get to see big circuses and as the show develops to bring in more Circoarts alumni with other skills to keep the show varied and exciting. ‘‘Other things we’re aiming to do are setting up at primary schools and scout halls and donating a portion of ticket sales as thanks for having us.‘‘We want to show what we’re capable of and give something back.’’Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/little-circus-thinks-big-20120303-1u92w.html#ixzz1o6JfopeI

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