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The Peter Principle: Thomas McDonald at Melbourne Fringe

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A great family-friendly show at the Fringe
Thomas McDonald premieres his new show The Peter Principle at Melbourne Fringe. Photo courtesy of Aaron Walker.

Kids and adults alike will adore award-winning circus comedian Thomas McDonald's brand-new show The Peter Principle, premiering at Melbourne Fringe Festival this September (three shows only).

A one-man circus-comedy set in an office, the show is based around the so-called 'Peter Principle', that every office worker is promoted to their level of incompetence.

Described as being 'suitable for interns, work experience kids and rusted-on pencil pushers everywhere', McDonald's delightful new physical comedy pokes fun at our bizarre relationship to 9-to-5 office work, and poses the question: "What if you're hopeless at everything?"

McDonald merges circus, clowning and theatrical skills to create whimsical, story-driven shows that are truly engaging and entertaining for audiences of all ages. His previous works have included The Famous Maurice Flea Circus, …We Should Quit (Best Circus, Melbourne Fringe 2013), Plan B, and Undertone (Best Circus, Perth Fringe 2015).

He recently worked with Tumble Circus in the UK on Unsuitable, Dislocate's The Fairy Show, and Head First Acrobat's Arrr We There Yet?. He is currently performing in Trash Test Dummies.

"McDonald's rope routine is jaw-dropping, and the lack of lyra or sequins in favour of jeans and a business shirt reminds us that these extraordinary feats are also very human."—

"McDonald's 'corde lisse' (rope acrobatics) is fantastic, giving us just enough suspense while showing off his honed skill" – Glam Adelaide

The Peter Principle plays at The Melba Spiegeltent at the Melba and Beyond (the official venue of the Melbourne Fringe) for three shows only: Thu 12 - Fri 13 September @ 6:30pm and Sat 14 Sept @ 3:00pm.

Tickets are now on sale and priced: Full $25, Concession $22, Child $20, and Group of 4 or more $20pp.

Secure your tickets now at:

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When: Thu 12—Fri 13 September @ 6:30pm, Sat 14 Sept @ 3:00pm
Where: The Melba Spiegeltent at the Melba and Beyond, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood
Cost: full $25, concession $22, child $20, group 4 $20
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