Hannah Cryle [VIC / QLD]

Hannah Cryle 524x349HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
I was a founding member of Brisbane’s Flipside Circus when I was 9. I had done gymnastics prior to that but couldn’t stand competitions, so when a family friend suggested joining this new youth circus that was starting up in the park, I jumped at the opportunity.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
Nothing. I have other hobbies but they’re all related to circus. I sew costumes and play a bunch of musical instruments but I only picked up these skills to support my circus career.

WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
I think Reg Bolton’s hans analogy sums circus up pretty well for me. I can’t remember which finger represents which but it’s a combination of imagination, cooperation, adventure, individuality, persistence and happiness.

WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
The highlight of my performing career so far has been performing in Pants Down Circus. It’s a show that Josh Phillips, Idris Stanton, Caz Walsh and I created and I feel my pain purpose in the show is to be strong, and make people smile. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to achieve in stage.

IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
I have absolutely no idea.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
My favourite skill is catching. When I’m upside down with someone hanging from me, I am in my element. I feel it’s what I’m best at. I also really like having Josh and Caz stand on my shoulders, I’d like to work towards basing them in a three high.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
5 years isn’t that long. I want to still be a strong woman in a company…but stronger.

WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
There are too many reasons to list.

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