Su­per show dished up

Broome Advertiser - - Happenings - Carly Laden

A whim­si­cal won­der­land en­ticed a sold-out crowd at the per­for­mances of The­atre Kim­ber­ley’s lat­est Sand­fly Cir­cus pro­duc­tion, A Sand­fly in My Soup.

A to­tal of 85 per­form­ers from WA’s premier re­gional youth cir­cus took the au­di­ence on a “de­light­ful, gas­tro­nom­i­cal jour­ney at Broome’s new­est restau­rant” un­der the guid­ance of guest di­rec­tors Gareth Bjaa­land and Bronte Web­ster from the Pitts Fam­ily Cir­cus.

Au­di­ence mem­bers were treated to a va­ri­ety of acts in­clud­ing ac­ro­bat­ics, high-fly­ing aerial stunts and com­i­cal en­ter­tain­ment.

A Sand­fly in My Soup was per­formed dur­ing the clos­ing week­end of Shinju Mat­suri with de­vel­op­ments as­sisted by a grant from the State Gov­ern­ment.

The­atre Kim­ber­ley re­ceived al­most $40,000 from the Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Grants Pro­gram, ad­min­is­tered by the Depart­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Sport and Cul­tural In­dus­tries, to put to­gether the pro­duc­tion and thrill Broome.

The pro­duc­tion was one of five projects across the State that was given gov­ern­ment sup­port for pro­vid­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that pro­mote the par­tic­i­pa­tion and ac­tive en­gage­ment of WA com­mu­ni­ties in arts and cul­ture.

The­atre Kim­ber­ley artis­tic di­rec­tor Mered­ith Bell said the fund­ing was in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant for al­low­ing the Sand­fly Cir­cus to pro­duce high-qual­ity per­for­mances for ev­ery­one to en­joy.

“The fund­ing also sup­ported arts men­tor­ships in sev­eral ar­eas of the pro­duc­tion, which also builds arts ca­pac­ity for our re­gion,” she said.

“It also sup­ported an ex­cit­ing event on the Shinju pro­gram — ap­prox­i­mately 750 vis­i­tors and mem­bers of our com­mu­nity were able to en­joy an orig­i­nal new per­for­mance, the scope and qual­ity of which would not have been achiev­able with­out such fi­nan­cial sup­port.”

Cul­ture and the Arts Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man viewed the per­for­mance and said he was glad the fund­ing was able to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of a new work and new skills for per­form­ers and be­hind the scenes work­ers.

Ri­ley Barker per­forms on stilts.

Pic­tures: Carly Laden

Two chil­dren per­form on the no­to­ri­ously tricky unicycle.

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