FIRE EATING AND JUGGLING: The Wandering Circus performing fire eating for their upcoming tour.
FIRE EATING AND JUGGLING: The Wandering Circus performing fire eating for their upcoming tour. Facebook.

Fire, burlesque and hula hoops are coming to Monto

MONTO will be treated to a free day of fire, burlesque and circus performing all thanks to some of the world's most sought-after artists.

Taking place on October 17, the Wandering Circus will be visiting Monto Community Hall on its east coast tour of Australia, conducting free workshops and showcases.

Originally founded in New Zealand, they began their first tour in the summer of 2018, offering workshops and shows to regional communities.

With an emphasis on youth and culture, they've been dazzling audiences with their showmanship ever since.

Speaking to local circus performer and organiser Tyrone O'Reily, he jumped at the opportunity to host the renowned international group.

"They were only originally going to go as far as Brisbane, but they found out more venues were ready to host them,” Mr O'Reily said.

"So thanks to Sensory Circus Tribe in Mackay and Meraki Circus at Agnes Waters, they've decided to extend the tour.”

Running from 3pm-10pm, the day is littered with things for the entire family.

The 3pm-4.30pm slot sees lessons ranging from beginner, intermediate and advanced in hula hoops, aerial performance, character development, stage presence, dragon staff work and juggling.

The afternoon session from 5pm-6.30pm will include workshops in all levels of double staves, contact hoop, burlesque, poi, juggling, clowning and improvising.

From there it will be a short intermission but will erupt with a full performance showcase for all ages from 7pm-8pm, courtesy of the international troupe.

Following this there will be a mesmerising fire show from 8.15pm-8.45pm then an 18+ show from 9pm-10pm, where Mr O'Reilly says the content and clothing will be "more adult oriented”.

"Normally a single ticket to one of these workshops can be around $40, so to get a free event by some of the best performers around the world is great,” Mr O'Reilly said.

"It's not just someone coming off the street, these guys know what they're doing.”

The Monto RSL will be running the bar on the night, with Monto's Girl Guides offering food options to raise money for their organisations.

The workshops will be free for the community thanks to the Regional Arts Development Grant.


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