BIG TOP CITIZENS SWING IN
WATCH out, Parramatta. Fire-eaters, knife-throwers, aerialists and acrobats will take over Prince Alfred Square during the Sydney Festival in January.
But don’t worry, they’ll all be Model Citizens. At least, they’re from the new Circus Oz production of that name.
Model Citizens subjects Australian culture to some family-friendly, highwire scrutiny, according to lead performer and co-developer of the show Mitch Jones, also known as Captain Ruin.
“What we’re looking at is the notion of what makes a model citizen, whether that’s about conformity to a set of norms or whether it’s about embracing your unique individuality,” Jones said.
Circus Oz has performed in Parramatta before, but its upcoming Sydney Festival run (January 6-28) will be the first time the troupe has done a big top season there.
Tania CervantesChamorro and Mitch (Captain Ruin) Jones in action. Picture: Andrew Tauber