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Swashbuckling "Fruities"

Monday, 8th March, 2010

* The Flying Fruit Fly Circus will perform at the Broken Hill Golf Club driving range this week. * The Flying Fruit Fly Circus will perform at the Broken Hill Golf Club driving range this week.

Locals are invited to experience some swashbuckling escapades with Australia's famous Flying Fruit Fly Circus.

The Albury-Wodonga troupe of teenage acrobats will be appearing at the Broken Hill Golf Club driving range aboard a 13-metre trailer converted into a two-mast pirate ship. Artistic Director Markus Michalowski says it's the first time the company has purpose built a mobile set and the first of its type in Australia. "We don't have to hide the rigging, it's all part of the show which allows for swaggering acts at high altitude. "Because the trailer is a mobile stage, it's possible for the 'Fruities' to travel out to more regional and remote centres than it ever could if it made its work for performing arts centres. It means more people can see our fantastic young performers."

The plot of the show involves a bunch of hapless pirates who are left to fend for themselves after their captain is washed overboard. Their captain is 17-year-old Alice Muntz, aka Captain Jaqui Delahaye."It's totally different to working outside against the weather and dealing with the sun and no lights," said Alice."It's very unique, short and sweet and has been a lot of fun to be part of."

The cast of ten children, ranging in age from ten to eighteen will juggle knives, sword fight and display extreme aerial skills on trampoline. The cast and crew hope to conduct Meet the Artists sessions immediately after most of the performances, and are looking forward to chatting with local children about their experiences as members of Australia's only full time circus school for young people.

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus will perform at the golf club at 6pm on Wednesday and at 11am on Thursday. Tickets are available from West Darling Arts on 0414 358 869 or by emailing del@westdarlingarts.org.au. Wednesday evening ticket cost is $10 student, $25 adult or $60 for a family. All tickets to the Thursday show will be $10. The circus is an outdoor event, and spectators are encouraged to bring a rug or chairs. The first 20 readers to contact Del will receive a free pass.

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