Powerhouse female circus performers set to shake up regional WA

Powerhouse female circus performers set to shake up regional WA

Regional Arts WA

Hitting the road this May, multi-award winning YUCK Circus are championing the female voice and having a bloody great time doing it with Regional Arts WA and Act Belong Commit’s latest Lotterywest Shows on the Go tour.

Hailing from regional and remote towns across Australia, YUCK Circus are passionate about spotlighting issues facing women today while talking about gender and national identity in a humourous, fun and glittering show.

YUCK Circus standing in a pyramid at the Woodford Folk Festival. Photo by David Kelly.

YUCK Circus at the Woodford Folk Festival. Photo by David Kelly.

Coming hot off sold-out performances at Perth Fringe World Festival, this six strong crew of elite acrobats will reach audiences all the way from Harvey to Fitzroy Crossing with their unconventional but powerful circus performance.

YUCK Circus director and performer Georgia Deguara grew up in Broome and is excited to be taking her show to regional WA.

“Coming from a remote town I think it’s incredibly important to present the female Australian story through the lens of YUCK Circus. Throughout my life I’ve seen a negative stigma towards gender issues and by using acrobatics and a good sense of humour I hope to make the message accessible as well as a bloody good time. Expect crazy flips, cracking jokes and a fun night out with a ‘tiny’ message to think about on the way home.”

The tour forms part of Regional Arts WA’s long-running Shows on the Go program, providing support and capacity-building initiatives for regional organisations to bring high-quality performing arts to local audiences.

Regional Arts WA CEO Paul MacPhail says the program has continued to deliver professional, high quality performing arts to regional communities for more than 20 years.

“Lotterywest Shows on the Go continues to be such a success because it is shaped and driven by the regional communities themselves. This is an exciting work that’s been selected by working regional presenters based on experience and knowledge about their own communities. As well as the performance the tour brings workshops and community engagement activities which support local presenters to further develop and engage their audience, creating a more sustainable regional arts sector.”

The State Government, through Healthway and Lotterywest, have worked in partnership with Regional Arts WA to support Shows on the Go for more than 20 years.

Healthway and Lotterywest CEO Susan Hunt PSM said promoting the Act Belong Commit message through Shows on the Go helped raise awareness about positive mental health and contributed to reducing stigma around mental illness.

“YUCK Circus offers a unique opportunity for regional communities to come together and engage in relevant, topical issues like gender equality in a creative way,” Ms Hunt said.

For more information on YUCK Circus visit https://regionalartswa.org.au/yuck-circus/

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