Intergenerational circus with lots to say: the personal is political, fury is fun and the acrobatics downright dangerous – especially when life gets in the way.
Casting Off stereotypes, these dynamic Australian women tumble, talk, fly and balance precariously. This joyful, witty and poignant circus show is a refreshing and uplifting conversation between three generations.
Circus that makes you laugh and cry simultaneously! Relaxed, personal and fantastically inappropriate, these powerhouse women win you over within minutes of hitting the stage.
Casting Off throws away the textbook on how you view contemporary circus. 'Casting Off is a joy: these three wonderful women have knitted together a truly extraordinary piece of feisty feminist circus that is fabulously funny to boot' (TotalTheatre.org.uk).
It's no wonder that they have won awards around the world. Family-friendly – don't miss this one.
The founders and collaborators of A Good Catch are highly experienced and well respected within the performing arts sector. They began acrobatics as children and have enjoyed distinctive careers in Circus and Physical Theatre individually performing with prestigious companies including Cirque du Soleil, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Legs on the Wall and Circus Oz to name a few. Life’s adversities with a pinch of serendipity brought them together.
Founded in 2017, A Good Catch cultivates creativity through an embodied feminist practice based on three principles: to disagree, to seek understanding and to be willing to change with new knowledge. The work is designed to provoke conversation amongst the collaborators, the artists they engage with and audiences.
The company purposefully questions what is lacking in the circus art-form and experiments with methodologies that encourage creative risk taking determined to nurture surprising possibilities. The work they make is underpinned by the principal that authenticity is a more useful ambition than originality.
“We disagree, we divulge, we digress, we listen and we change. Our process allows the physical connections that circus bodies share to flourish and to deepen our understanding of difference. We aim to experiment without fear of failure, without adhering to genre expectations, and with curiosity about what circus can be.”
* Winner: Jacksons Lane & Total Theatre - Best Circus Edinburgh Fringe 2018
* Winner: Melbourne Fringe Festival - Best Circus 2018
* Winner: Adelaide Fringe Festival - Best Circus and Physical Theatre 2019.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Creators: Debra Batton, Sharon Gruenert, Spenser Inwood
Performers: Debra Batton, Spenser Inwood, Cecilia Martin
Producer: Cluster Arts