The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - The Everest - EL­IZ­A­BETH FORTESCUE

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

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