Sam Thomas

934753_303917049782915_3687315851547945519_n-2HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
My mum is a choreographer/dancer teacher, as a child I operated the music in her classes. That was the start of it for me. I was 9yrs old when I began performing at festivals and community events in the UK, with my Father’s Street Theatre company “The Fabulous Salami Brothers” in my teens I formed my own group “The Chipolatas”..and since 1992 we have performed all over the world.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
Yoga and housework, not necessarily in that order and sometimes simultaneously, together, at the same time,

WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
It means listening, adapting, focusing, developing, and creating. It means storytelling. It means rhythm. It means movement. It means performance.

WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
Over the last 25 years our work has taken us to extremely diverse locations and situations around the world from the intimacy of orphanages in the Ukraine to the sweltering streets of down-town Sao Paulo in Brazil. Last year I performed in a show together with my 5yr old daughter and my Dad…Three generations of my family sharing the stage together…That was a total highlight!

The Castlemaine Circus project is also huge highlight and has been a success on so many levels. In 12 months we have grown from 47 enrolments over 3 weekly classes to over 100 students participating in 8 weekly classes. We are a non for profit organisation run by a committed core of creatively minded people driving our vision. We have an incredibly talented team of trainers, and support from local families. We are open and receptive to the ever evolving landscape of our community, embracing new opportunities whilst maintaining a viable artistic organisation.

This year the Castlemaine Circus Festival is excited to be presenting the first ever regional SESH, ‘CIRCUS SPRUIK’ with ACAPTA and the Castlemaine State Festival. It’ll be a great day of performances and conversation, taking place during the fabulous Castlemaine Festival, definitely worth the trip down if you can.

IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
Bush camping by the beach with my family.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
Handstand. Because it requires my whole self.

WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
We need it because its a celebration of a real human experience in an increasingly virtual world.

10658909_10153363757816686_6371981718298095870_oA true international traveller and performer, Sam Thomas has spent many years touring with The Chipolatas and working as an artistic director and creative producer as well as a performer. Sam Thomas has a proven track record in professional and high quality arts provision, committed to inclusion and equal opportunities. His repertoire includes a wide range of educational projects, prioritising the passing on of skills to new generations.

Sam’s work focuses on traditional street theatre, combining it with contemporary movement, original live music, circus imagery and classic comedy. Sam enjoys creating engaging, inspiring and relevant workshops for a wide audience, adapting to, and entertaining people of different ages and cultures by continually evolving his performance and teaching techniques, consistently devising and developing original work.

CIRCUS SPRUIK will take place in Castlemaine on the 20th March 2015 at 10:30am to 3pm, for more info and bookings see: www.acapta.org.au/whats-on/circus-spruik/

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