Locals of all ages in 15 towns across Queensland are preparing to be swept away with laughter by the thrillingly physical and family-friendly Trash Test Dummies, which is touring across the state thanks to arTour from 3 May to 7 July 2017.
An international hit with rave reviews wherever it travels, Trash Test Dummies is an unmissable circus comedy show that will appeal to audiences of all ages, littered with jaw-dropping acrobatics, side-splitting slapstick comedy routines and throwaway gags.
Trash Test Dummies will kick off its exciting Queensland tour in Hughenden on 3 May before travelling to Normanton, Mount Isa, Julia Creek, Charters Towers, Springsure, Blackall, Barcaldine, and Gladstone. A second tour leg will begin on 28 June in Kawana and continue on to Sunnybank, Gympie, Logan, Ipswich, and finally Millmerran, coinciding perfectly with winter school holidays.
Winner of the best Children’s presentation at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2015 and many other international awards, Trash Test Dummies features highly sought-after circus performers Jamie Bretman, Jack Coleman and Thomas McDonald.
Co-creator and co-director Jamie Bretman warns audiences to have their expectations flipped in this imaginative work. “Trash Test Dummies is a highly interactive show, which turns the mundane into magic,” Bretman said. “Audiences will walk away full of joy and inspired, feeling a sense of wonder and play in everyday objects, where trash becomes treasure.”
Jack Coleman and his fellow Queensland tour performers Thomas McDonald and Leigh Rhodes are all graduates of the National Institute of Circus Art (NICA) in Melbourne, and boast a variety of talented disciplines including acrobatics, juggling, handstands and more.
The production has a strong emphasis on engaging with audiences, with most stops on tour hosting workshops and a meet-and-greet after the show. The trio are also circus trainers, and free workshops are on offer at most locations to budding acrobats of all ages keen to try their hand at hula hooping, human pyramids or juggling.
arTour’s creative broker, Luke Harriman, said Trash Test Dummies is an exciting and rare opportunity for Queenslanders living in regional areas to see high-quality circus and comedy up close. “arTour is very excited to help Trash Test Dummies tour for the first time to some of the furthest regions of Queensland,” said Harriman.
“For some families and kids, this is potentially the first time to see this type of work. For some audiences it may even be a defining moment for them, to see circus as a career they could aspire to work towards themselves.”
Don’t miss this first-class circus show on their first Queensland tour coming to Millmerran:
When: Friday 7 July
Where: Millmerran Arts Council, Millmerran
Time: 3:30pm workshop, 7:30pm performance
Cost: Free performance