Homecoming stage fright
WORLD-RENOWNED Circus Oz is in town performing two sold-out NORPA shows at the Lismore City Hall this weekend.
Audiences can expect a mix of acrobatics, flying trapeze, juggling and uni-cycling just to name a few, all performed on a large-scale set inspired by an abandoned theatre in tatters to the sound of a live eclectic band.
For acrobat and flying trapeze artist Dale Woodbridge-Brown, the Lismore performances will be particularly daunting, not because of his gravity-defying routine, but because he will be performing in front of family.
"I'm from a place called Mungindi, it's on the border of New South Wales and Queensland, but I actually have family in Lismore and over in Ballina," he said.
"When there's family or loved ones in the audience, it always makes you a lot more nervous."
Mr Woodbridge-Brown was part of the Circus Oz act that made its debut in the Northern Rivers in front of a small crowd of lucky pass holders at the Macadamia Castle yesterday evening.
Macadamia Castle owner Tony Gilding said he had been a fan of the Australian circus company for as long as they had been around.
"I've always admired their cleverness and their dexterity and ethics," he said.
"So when I heard that they were coming to the Northern Rivers, I was quickly in touch with NORPA." Mr Gilding said he offered to sponsor the show if a small meet-and-greet performance could be arranged for Macadamia Castle members.
It will be the first time three-year-old Nora Maguire from Suffolk Park has seen a real live circus act.
"I'm excited to see the jugglers," she said.