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Pants Down Circus ROCK! - Gasworks Arts Park

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It’s A Long Way To The Top If You Want To Rock n Roll
We will, we will rock you

We will, we will rock you!

Question: What do you get when you mix the greatest rock band songs of all times with a circus?

Answer: PANTS DOWN CIRCUS – ROCK. Hard to imagine but this must see family oriented circus that is just good fun.

Clowns, contemporary circus, rock and roll music, circuses, juggling, circus acts, non animal circus, acrobats, comedy, all ability circus
Four talented and gutsy performers. Source: Pants down circus facebook


PANTS DOWN CIRCUS – ROCK was inspired by classic rock such as: Aerosmith, AC/DC, Joan Jett, Queen, Metallica and Bon Jovi. This performance is for all circus lovers and die-hard rock fans. Of course you have to expect the old school boy uniform and long wigs to be trotted out, but you will never expect some of the hold your breath, edge of your seat acts you are in stall for.

The group - Hannah Cryle, Caz Walsh, Joshua Phillips and Idris Stanton - has been working in collaboration with Scott Maidment, the director of stunning Australian circus shows such as Cantina, the Tom Tom Crew and Limbo. I am not surprised that reviews claim that this young troupe has produced their best work yet.

Clowns, contemporary circus, rock and roll music, circuses, juggling, circus acts, non animal circus, acrobats, comedy, all ability circus
Source: Pants down circus facebook


This is the second show from independent Australian circus company, Pants Down Circus that formed in 2011.Their popular, sell-out national tour, premiered in January 2014 at the Western Australia Circus Festival and has earnt critical acclaim at the Perth and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. Pants Down circus- rock won the BEST CIRCUS, Melbourne Fringe 2012
And was NOMINEE for the BANK SA PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD, Adelaide Fringe 2013 (missed out by a broken guitar string and came second out of 900 shows).

From start to finish this show is pedal to the metal paced, mixed with comedy. I am admirable of the performers incredible strength, agility, power and stamina.

Juggling, Ladder Balancing, the German Wheel, Toss the Girl and Hula Hoops are just some of the acts you'll see during this action packed show. After the show there's merchandise for sale and photo opportunities.

Clowns, contemporary circus, rock and roll music, circuses, juggling, circus acts, non animal circus, acrobats, comedy, all ability circus
Is it a bird, a plane, no, it's super girl


Whatever you don't leave early, the finale is staggeringly good. If I veer find myself dangling on a trapeze, forget Superman, I hope these girls are there to rescue me with their feet!

I'm not sure if it was the audience or the performers who were having more fun. Caz is one of the stunning performing artists whose body is like the female version of Gumby. When she did the Roller Boller act there were many loud gasps from the audience. I wanted to pull her aside and ask if her mum had ever told her not to play around with danger. More than once I said 'OMG' out loud. I'm not sure but I don't think many people heard me, who knows, I was too busy concentrating on willing her to defy the laws of physics!

Clowns, contemporary circus, rock and roll music, circuses, juggling, circus acts, non animal circus, acrobats, comedy, all ability circus
Rocking to Kiss

I had prepared interview questions for Caz but after the performance they seemed irrelevant. My first question now had to be 'Are you fearless?' Caz explained that because she had strong bond and 100% trust in her troupe members that she didn't have nerves. She had never been dropped or had an injury during any death defying acts, although Hannah had sprained her ankle once from a non-dangerous jump.

Hannah has always wanted to be in a circus, Caz just wanted to perform and felt her strength was in the use of her body, not her voice so it suits her down to the ground… and up to the highest level of trapeze. She loves it and gets a great sense of achievement that she explained ' You're not going to get from everyday life.'

Hanging on by toes only!
I asked two of the audience members their opinions. The first was a thirteen-year-old boy who said he found it very funny. 'I liked the mix of characters and personalities and especially the guy with the spiky hair.' An older lady said she just loved it all, everything about it.

Having just been introduced to burlesque, the title of this performance created cautious but curious anticipation. I had no idea how this four-person troupe would create their magic mix of rock, circus and the idea of 'a dacking' (Acca dacking that is).

Clowns, contemporary circus, rock and roll music, circuses, juggling, circus acts, non animal circus, acrobats, comedy, all ability circus
Caz the human skipping rope!

Don't be misled by the title… the pants stay on but there's lots more to satisfy. 'Is this real life, or is this fantasy?' (Queen). I'm not sure but it's just so much fun for all members of the family.
Question: 'Are you ready for a good time?' (AC/DC)

Answer: Of course you are. 'I love rock n roll' like the next person. Then get down to Gasworks and be ready for Pants Down Circus to rock your world.

Clowns, contemporary circus, rock and roll music, circuses, juggling, circus acts, non animal circus, acrobats, comedy, all ability circus
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Why? A breathtaking comedy and circus show
Where: Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham St, Albert Park
Cost: $25 Adult, $20 concession, $80 family
Your Comment
Sounds really entertaining. Does the show perform classic rock songs, or is it just inspired by them?
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 1845 days ago
Thanks for the review. I will be telling my friends about this show. Sounds amazing!
by eve.c (score: 2|302) 1842 days ago
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