News & Reviews

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

The Melba Spiegeltent - ArtsHub; Close to the Bone

15th December 2014

Circus Oz travels to the more ‘adult’ side of town with an almost burlesque tone and requisite touches of nudity and flamboyance. Circus Oz travels to the more ‘adult’ side of town, with its new show, Close To The Bone at the beautiful Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood. The first act sets a decidedly cabaret tone to the show, with the performers slightly seedy in black with lots of fishnet and heavy eye makeup, performing as an ensemble ...

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The Melba Spiegeltent - ArtsHub; Close to the Bone

The Melba Spiegeltent - The Age; Close to the Bone review: Intimate Circus Oz show thrills with detail

14th December 2014

Circus Oz don't often do intimate shows but since they recently moved to Collingwood and put up a beautiful old Spiegeltent in their backyard, the time is ripe. Close to the Bone features the current company performers, up close and very, very personal. Fancy looking up an acrobat's nostrils as he leans off a tiny stage and into your face? Keen to have a juggler squish a little ball onto your forehead with her foot? Roll on up! The productio...

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The Melba Spiegeltent - The Age; Close to the Bone review: Intimate Circus Oz show thrills with detail

The Melba Spiegeltent - Melbourne. Arts. Fashion.; Close To The Bone - Circus Review

13th December 2014

Close To The Bone is the newest show in the Circus Oz repertoire and is one of their boutique series. Being performed at the Melba Spiegeltent, Close To The Bone has been directed by Associate Director Debra Batton and co-directed by Jo-Ann Lancaster and Simon Yates from Acrobat. Yates and Lancaster have been Artists in Residence with Circus Oz for several short stints over the course of 2014. A tour was cancelled and so Circus Oz decided to cre...

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The Melba Spiegeltent - Melbourne. Arts. Fashion.; Close To The Bone - Circus Review