An international circus group will make their way to Tara next month offering a range of creative fun for the young, and young at heart.

Thanks to a partnership between Western Downs Regional Council and A Good Catch, residents from across the region are being invited to Tara to take part in free Laugh and Craft workshops, as well as watch three intergenerational women tumble, talk, and fly precariously during their acrobatic circus performance of Casting Off.

Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said these unique events were a fantastic way to connect the region through exciting experiences not normally offered to regional towns. “Western Downs Regional Council is thrilled to be bringing this program to our region which is about uniting our local people and boosting our active, vibrant communities by offering new opportunities everyone can get involved in,” Cr Maguire said. “It’s an opportunity for the community to come together, socialise, and have a fun night out at an award-winning and internationally acclaimed circus show at an affordable price,” Cr Maguire said.

Casting Off has won three fringe awards including the BankSA Best Circus & Physical Theatre Award – Adelaide 2019, the Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Best Circus at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, and Best Circus at Melbourne Fringe 2018. Prior to the performance, Circus Artists Spenser Inwood, Sharon Gruenert & Debra Batton will also deliver Laughs & Craft community workshops and a closed school-based workshop.

“The Laugh & Craft workshops are one-of-a-kind community gatherings which invite stitching enthusiasts of all skill levels to connect, chat about life, and share their work,” Cr Maguire said. “Meanwhile, a dedicated school session in Tara will offer the region’s youth with a thrilling challenge where they will learn new tricks, build skills in balance and basic acrobatics, all while increasing capacity for collaborative learning,” Cr Maguire said.

The Laugh & Craft workshops will be held at the Chinchilla Creative Centre on 12 May from 9.30am to 11am and the Tara Soldiers’ Memorial Hall on 13 May from 10am to 11.30am. The Casting Off Circus will be performed on 13 May at Tara Soldiers’ Memorial Hall with the doors opening at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. The show is suitable for ages 12 and over with an entry fee of $5 for 18 years and above, and free for anyone under 18.

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