Tom Davis [VIC]

Elena, Jules, Jane, Tom, AmyHOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
Started in Gymnastics as a kid, a friend from gym encouraged me to join ARENA Street Theatre with him, and that’s where I started. I joined Warehouse Circus soon after, and grew up doing circus.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I read a lot of comic books.

WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
The possibilities are many. Circus is a readily populist tool for encouraging people to attend the performance arts, it requires no prior knowledge of the form to watch and enjoy, and can be used to convey any idea from the simple and fun, to the dense and complex. It is capable of absorbing any artform and creating something engaging. And for me as a performer it is fun, it’s opportunity, and responsibility.

WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
Winning a prize for a work I was proud of, closely followed by being paid to go around the world and throw a hat at my face.

IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
I have no idea, but I hope it would be making films.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
Anything that requires a group. So much more fun.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
I’m not sure. But I wouldn’t mind directing a Circus Oz show, if they’re hiring then.

WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
Circus is a universally accessible skill set that is physical without competition, cerebral without being highfalutin, supportive of communities and can make someone feel like a superhero. It can be used to help heal trauma and grow a community, to bridge disadvantage and create a space outside a world dealing with other shit that maybe happening, like school, or home; or isolation or impoverishment. Plus, it’s really [BLEEP*] fun.

 

* Edited by AP for our younger readers :)

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