Cast: Rock Bang

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Astrid Rot

Astrid Rot is singer, drummer and songwriter with Die Roten Punkte. She also plays glockenspiel, piano accordion and flute. Astrid first started drumming on the kitchen table when she was five but was quickly silenced by her mother and father. After the tragic and unexpected death of her parents on her twelfth birthday she quickly took up drumming again. Astrid’s minimalist style and legendary stage antics have made her both revered and feared in equal parts. Astrid began taking her brother Otto to see live bands when he was still a boy, hiding him under her coat. One night, she ‘found’ a stack of instruments on the sidewalk outside of a primary school. The next day they rehearsed any song they could think of and quickly began writing their own music. They instantly became the ‘must see act’ of the underground Berlin indie rock scene. Though most of their early offerings were less than a minute long they very rarely made it to the end of a song without fighting - their dysfunctional nature becoming part of their appeal.

As a teenager, Nina Hagen, Deborah Harry and Vivienne Westwood all heavily influenced Astrid’s unique take on Post-Punk and New Wave style. Now, the latest ‘Astrid’ dress or hair-do is often immediately copied by thousands of indie rock fans. Astrid’s songwriting is a potent mixture of simplicity and tragedy, from the sexually charged brevity of “Oh My God, Yeah” to the chilling depths of “The 4:15 To Spandau Will Not Run Today”. Astrid has a reputation for being a ‘party girl’ and her excessive outlandish lifestyle has made her a constant fixture in the European tabloids, most recently referring to her alleged stay in rehab.

 

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Otto Rot

Otto Rot is singer, guitarist, keytarist and songwriter with Die Roten Punkte. Otto grew up listening to Iggy Pop, David Bowie, The Cure and The Ramones and always dreamed of having a band of his own. His most treasured possession is his ‘Joey Ramone Doll’, which he never takes out of the box; in fact now ‘little Joey’ has his own road case. The first official DRP gig was supposed to be on Astrid’s 21st birthday in their squat but the band didn’t end up playing a single note. The party ended abruptly when the police arrived to break it up claiming that there were noise complaints. Astrid was furious when she found out the next day that the call was made by Otto.

After a shaky start the duo only did three gigs before Otto broke is foot. He was attempting to jump from Astrid’s kick drum and landed on a cable that wasn’t taped down. Astrid forbid this move forever and Otto had a broken leg that took 6 months to heal. During this time, he created his ‘Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Band Safety Checklist’ and published it on the Internet. The document caught on and was used by bands all over Eastern Europe and he won the Bundesrepublik Deutschland award for ‘Best Safety Practice in Industry’ and is considered a leader in the field of Band Safety. He is a committed vegan and loves connecting with other Straight Edgers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. When he’s not touring the world he’s very much a homebody and hopes one day to meet a girl, fall in love and live happily ever after.

 

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April Dawson

Growing up in Busselton, Western Australia, April started dancing and gymnastics from an early age. She was spotted performing contortion on the street at a local festival and two weeks later joined Lunar Circus, touring Western Australia, Northern Territory and South-East Asia. Highly-skilled in theatrical dance and acrobatics April soon added juggling, unicycle adagio, clown, hula hoop, flying trapeze and aerial hoop to her bag of tricks.

April first joined the Circus Oz ensemble in 2014, performing in shows But Wait There’s More and TWENTYSIXTEEN touring across Australia, the United States and Brazil. April is also one half of Two Up Circus, plays the role of ‘Kylie’ in the hit children’s show Children Are Stinky (Circus Trick Tease) and is in high demand as a costume maker/designer under her own label GlitterFart Creations.

 

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Kyle Raftery

Kyle trained at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), graduating in 2005 with a full final-year scholarship. He has established his own successful freelance business as a circus artist. He is one half of performing duo Two Up Circus, founded the Little Red Trapeze Company, plays Jason in the multi-award winning children’s show Children are Stinky and has worked for Circus Oz in But wait, there’s more, TWENTYSIXTEEN, Tutti and Rock Bang.

Kyle also has worked as a teacher and/or rigger at Circus Oz, NICA, The Circus Spot, Hip Cat Circus, CircArts Geelong and The Fly Factory. Kyle also loves making coffee, scuba diving and playing golf.

 

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Matt Wilson

Performing on stage has been a big part of Matts life since he was a kid.

He has worked professionally and toured all over the world for over 25 years as a circus acrobat, actor, musician, stuntman, circus teacher and director. He has performed with companies that include Circus Oz, Dislocate, Legs on the Wall, Arena Theatre company, Rock’n’Roll Circus, Circus Monoxide, Bizircus and Barry Humphries’ Eat, Pray, Laugh Farewell Tour.

Most recently, Matt was back with Circus Oz in the shows But Wait, There’s More, TWENTYSIXTEEN, a brief appearance in Model Citizens and Tutti with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

As well as teaching performance and coordinating many projects at the National Institute of Circus Arts, Matt has directed several student productions and taught circus all over place.

In 2005 Matt won the Melbourne Fringe Festival Best Circus Performance Award for his solo show Trade of the Trick.

Other Career Highlights include bungee jumping off the Sydney Opera House on New Years Eve 2000; being shot out of a canon over the heads of the audience in the New Victory Theatre in New York City and falling off an elephant dressed as Dame Edna Everage (that’s Matt as Edna, not the Elephant!)

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