HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
I established a Women’s Circus called Circus WOW in Wollongong NSW in 2001. I was the Founder and Director until the end of 2006. I was influenced by the Women’s Circus in Melbourne and had the help of Alicia Battestini from Circus Monoxide and many other fabulous mentors, trainers and Circus folk.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I have recently launched my own performance Company called Lady Penelope Presents and specialise in Puppetry, Circus, Clown and Physical Comedy, Street Theatre, Children’s Theatre, Roving Characters and whacky Cabaret Characters.
When I’m not performing I am an Artist Model.
WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
Circus and Physical Theatre exploded into my life in 2000 when I started making and working with puppets and then discovered Women’s Circus! It totally transformed my life and at 36 years of age I began to learn Circus skills and Performing. I haven’t looked back! I can’t imagine doing anything else I love it.
I have also watched how Circus has transformed so many peoples lives around me giving them strength and self confidence, freedom to be creative and express themselves and to have a huge belly laugh!
WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR? The highlight for me so far was touring for two years in Europe and the UK with Tutti Frutti but I hope that my new company will take me there with bigger and funnier memories!
IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
If I wasn’t doing Physical theatre /Circus right now I would probably be doing Art Therapy or be in Therapy!
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
I love to perform Physical comedy and acrobatics because as a larger woman audiences are always surprised. I love to celebrate my strength and my idiocy!
I also love to do Comic Characters and roving. My latest passion is puppetry so that’s what I’m focused on right now.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
In 5 years I hope to be touring my shows Nationally and Internationally and still laughing.
WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
Circus and Physical Theatre changed my life and I have seen it transform so many peoples lives. It is amazing to be in your bodies, getting stronger, building your skills and testing them over and over. It helps you feel more confident and alive. it is also wonderful to be part of such a crazy, warm and supportive community where anything goes!