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Silly slapstick fun has been brought to Parramatta by an award-winning circus trio Dummies Corp. Playing five shows at the Lennox Theatre during the 2019 Sydney Festival Splash Test Dummies is a delight for all ages.

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Swim between the flags ( image JW)

The fun begins as you are directed to stay between the flags upon entering the theatre. One lucky patron is chosen to be the "Splash Zone" but is protected with towels and a tarpaulin ensuring they are the only person to stay completely dry. During the following hour, various aquatic adventures include the beach, bath, swimming, water skiing and deep sea diving.

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Water skiing (Image: Shannon Vital)

Audience participation is a given especially during a fun game of beach volleyball. Various audience members get rescued Baywatch style and one may become collateral damage during a super soaker gun fight.

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Image Shannon Vital

Jamie Bretman, Jack Coleman and Simon Wright aka The Dummies entertain and amaze with their feats of human strength and agility, synchronised unicyling, juggling and magic tricks. They ignite the imagination of the audience by transforming everyday items into sea creatures and aquatic equipment.

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Image Matthew Turner

The trio like to build rapport with local communities and make a point of meeting their audience after shows. Circus skills and clowning workshops can be arranged for up to thirty participants aged more than six. The guys travel internationally and are a popular act at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Comedy, family, merchandise, Parramatta, Sydney Festival, Riverside Theatres, quirky
And then there's the merchandise ( image JW)

Splash Test Dummies is laugh out loud funny and includes lots of visual gags, situational slapstick and inoffensive comedy in the style of the three stooges.

The writer was a guest of Sydney Festival.
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Why? Family friendly fun
When: 2pm 11 January, 11am & 2pm on 12 & 13 January
Phone: 1300 856 876
Where: Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres Parramatta
Cost: $26, Family of four $72 plus booking fee
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