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Adventure on the high seas

Friday, 12th March, 2010

* The swashbuckling Fruit Fly Circus in town this week. * The swashbuckling Fruit Fly Circus in town this week.

Acrobatic tricks and adventure on the high seas made up a new show presented by Australia's famous Fruit Fly Circus in the city this week. The Albury-Wodonga troupe of teenage acrobats performed on Wedneday evening and yesterday at the Broken Hill Golf Club's driving range aboard a 13-metre trailer which had been converted into a two-mast pirate ship.

Artistic Director Markus Michalowski said the plot involved a bunch of hapless pirates who are left to fend for themselves after their captain is washed overboard. Mr Michalowski said strong winds had forced them to make a few changes to some of the high-flying acrobatic tricks, but there had been a good turnout and the Fruit Flies would love to come back.

The show combined knife juggling, tumbling, sword fights and aerial skills which entertained a good crowd of different ages. The cast of 10 children ranged in age from 10 to 18 and it was the first time the company has specially built a mobile set which was the first of its type in Australia.

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