HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
I did competitive gymnastics and power tumbling for 10 yrs as a kid. Then when I was in year 11 I went to QLD Theatre Co’s theatre residency week and set my sights on being a performer – at the time I didn’t know that ‘physical theatre’ was a thing or that there were pathways to being a circus performer (apart from being born into it). Soon after I went off to study acting at USQ. I only started circus when I graduated from USQ and moved to Brisbane and a friend introduced me to Vulcana Women’s Circus. That set the wheels in motion!
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I like food. And coffee. Sometimes I go to bikram yoga but at the moment my addiction to Dance Moms is preventing that….
WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
To me it’s a performance that involves your whole body – the bits on the inside too. Sure there’s a level of technical skill but for me to be a performance art it’s about more than physical ability.
WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
This year as a whole has been the highlight! It’s been a big one and it’s not even done yet… I Co-founded a physical theatre company called Gravity Dolls with Tim Rutty. Our aim was to create a circus /theatre hybrid where we create characters that are every bit as real and flawed as you would expect in a typical play and merge that with the extreme physicality of circus… no easy task… We then had a series of fortunate events: Maude Davey came on board as our director, we had a successful Arts VIC grant and were programed by The Substation as part of Get it On! (even though the show didn’t exist yet) We have just closed our fringe season of the show, My Life in Boxes and won the Original New Circus award. I had originally started writing the show about six years ago, so to see it come to fruition and to the capacity that it did is absolutely the highlight of my career (so far!).
IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
Probably something along the lines of sustainable engineering or architecture.
Gravity Dolls is gearing to take My Life in Boxes to Adelaide Fringe and another season that I can’t confirm just yet – but will be posting/tweeting/ blogging/ shouting about once it’s locked in.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
I would love for Gravity Dolls to grow to the point where we can have more people come and play with us on a regular basis be that as a performer, director or writer. It would be amazing to be in the position to offer other people work.
WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
Because our bodies need to be present and celebrated! We’re only in them for short while…