News & Reviews

Quebec, Canada - Huffington Post; But Wait… There’s More: Indeed!

9th March 2015

They are Australians, these friendly jugglers, trapeze artists and clowns of Circus Oz, so to defuse the outset clichés that we may have in mind, they state that there will kangaroos and koalas in this show, features of this mythical Down Under. In fact we will be entitled to a hilarious clowning number where indeed a stuffed kangaroo play a small role, but for the rest, we will return. Only reference to their distant origin: clothes striped wit...

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Quebec, Canada - Huffington Post; But Wait… There’s More: Indeed!

Urbana, IL, USA - Smile Politely; Circus, Oz

16th February 2015

It’s likely you’ve been to the circus at some point in your life. I mean, I don’t know you, personally, but if I were to say the word circus, you’d probably be able to conjure two or three mental images from your past. I myself once rode on the back of an elephant. Whatever your idea of the circus might be, however, I would stipulate that, if you want to see the circus in a whole new way, you should see it with a five-year-old. This pas...

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Urbana, IL, USA - Smile Politely; Circus, Oz

Seattle, WA, USA - Seattle Pi; A small, wacky Circus Oz

6th February 2015

It may not have the dazzle of Cirque de Soleil or the over-the-top tomfoolery of Teatro ZinZanni, but Australia’s Circus Oz is a wacky one-ring circus with an appeal all its own. With a dynamic troupe of 10 circus performers – most of them acrobats – plus two musicians and a female emcee, Circus Oz offers a few death-defying feats but mostly an evening of delightful aerial and earthbound acts, live music, rigging and dynamic staging. Laur...

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Seattle, WA, USA - Seattle Pi; A small, wacky Circus Oz

The Melba Spiegeltent - Herald Sun; Circus Review: Close to the Bone, Circus Oz

15th December 2014

Close to the Bone is an apt name for this intimate Circus Oz offering in the Melba Spiegeltent. It has a totally different feel to the exaggerated larrikinism of their family shows. Artists-in-residence Jo-Ann Lancaster and Simon Yates favour stripping circus back to essential elements and are known for their unconventional bare-bones aesthetic when it comes to acrobatics. There’s a strong sense of that here, with the ensemble, dressed in var...

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The Melba Spiegeltent - Herald Sun; Circus Review: Close to the Bone, Circus Oz

The Melba Spiegeltent - Australian Stage; Close to the Bone | Circus Oz

15th December 2014

Locally grown and internationally recognised Circus Oz are not known for their intimate shows, but since the recent move into their new permanent home in Collingwood, they have pitched a gorgeous old Spiegeltent and launched their latest show, Close to the Bone. With Close to the Bone, the Circus Oz crew have deconstructed their large-scale production, squeezed it into The Melba Spiegeltent and are now performing something which is very much ‘...

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The Melba Spiegeltent - Australian Stage; Close to the Bone | Circus Oz

The Melba Spiegeltent - Theatre Press; REVIEW: Circus Oz Presents CLOSE TO THE BONE

15th December 2014

Wit, whimsy and wonder. When I go to the circus I often can’t help feeling like a child again as I watch in awe, wonderment and envy at the acts on display. Fortunately for me, these feelings continue to be felt at the Melba Spiegeltent with the current show from Circus Oz, Close To The Bone. The first thing you notice upon entering is the surprising size of the Spiegeltent. It’s a small and intimate space, which works well from an audience...

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The Melba Spiegeltent - Theatre Press; REVIEW: Circus Oz Presents CLOSE TO THE BONE