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Circus Oz and Sydney Festival present Model Citizens

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Awe-inspiring physical feats and biting satire

The always innovative Circus Oz returns to Sydney this summer with Model Citizens, a brand new high-octane spectacular that will delight the whole family.

Showing under the Circus Oz Big Top in Prince Alfred Square for a strictly limited season as part of Sydney Festival, Model Citizens is the first production for Circus Oz by Artistic Director Rob Tannion.

Exploring what it means to be a 'model citizen' in Australia today through awesome physicality, biting satire and highly skilled, unpredictable acrobatics, Model Citizens seamlessly blends the risk, beauty and rawness of acrobatic circus with pumping live music, stunning lighting, breathtaking physical improbability and no shortage of absurdity.

With an impressive cast of mesmerising aerialists, cheeky characters, daredevil acrobats, cigar box juggling, hula hooping and backyard banter, Model Citizens subverts the suburban dream.

Set inside a model kit world complete with giant scissors and cotton reels, peg springboards and hammock-sized undies on the line, the performers swing from knife-dodging to acrobat-tossing, contorting through huge steaming irons to tumbling off a house of giant credit cards.

With a brand new ensemble of performers, a thumping live band and set design that challenges scale and perspective, the latest Circus Oz show brings a fresh sophistication to the troupe's larrikin personality, delivering exhilarating family-friendly feats with poise and charm.

"A masterpiece that blows our socks off and tickles our feet at the same time" Theatre Press

"An under-appreciated gem in our national cultural identity" The Guardian

Tickets are now on sale for Circus Oz - Model Citizens under the Circus Oz Big Top in Prince Alfred Square. Performances will be held from 2 to 28 January - choose from sessions at 1.30pm, 3.00pm and 7.30pm.

Purchase tickets from Prices range from $35 to $170 for a Family Pass.

For more information on the show, ticketing options and session times, please visit

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When: 2 - 28 Jan 2018
Where: Circus Oz Big Top, Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta
Cost: $35 - 90
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