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Get inside the Flying Fruit Circus Show – JUNK!

The highly acclaimed Flying Fruit Fly Circus return with their latest smash-hit show set amongst a 1940’s rural junkyard. Transforming trash into magical landscapes, JUNK takes you on a journey back to a time when the neighbourhood street was a playground full of adventure and make-believe.

We have a unique opportunity for 17 students (plus their parent/guardian) to attend an ‘Inside The Circus’ program with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.

Thursday 29 March (last school day)
11.15am – 2.15pm
Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

The program includes four stages:

  1. Observation of preshow warm up for JUNK
    This is a wonderful opportunity to experience what happens behind the scenes of a circus production, and to observe the hard work, dedication and focus that is required to be a high-level circus artist.
  2. Insight into the Circus life
    Before the performance, the students will get a chance to meet and talk to the company tour manager, who will explain and answer any questions about the young artists schooling, the full time circus training and how these young artists live on tour.
  3. Experience JUNK
    Watch the performance of JUNK at Ulumbarra
  4. Discovery
    After the performance the whole audience can stay in the auditorium and participate in a short question and answer session.  Following this the group of students and their parents can meet the cast in person.

 Tickets: $12 / student and $28 / adults
(includes Inside The Circus program)

To register or enquire please email or call Kirsty Sutherland on 0435 462 749.

New Classes


Our Parkour classes have been so popular we have decided to open up a second class on Saturday morning.

Parkour 5-8 year old, Saturdays 9.30 – 10.30 am

Parkour 9-12 year old, Saturdays 10.45 – 12.15pm

This class will be lead by our highly skilled Parkour practitioners and trainers Cameron MacLeman and Bryan Nikolas Jones.

Physical Theatre (Term 2)

This builds on our Saturday Circus program where we also have:

Physical Theatre 9-12 year old, Saturdays 12.30 – 2.00pm

Physical Theatre 5-8 year old, Saturdays 2.00 – 3.00pm

More information about this fun and creative class lead by Mandy Field can be found at our classes page. Email now to register your interest.


New Membership

The Castlemaine Circus is a not for profit organisation that began with the enthusiasm of a small group of parent and community volunteers, over four years ago. Recently we have seen an amazing growth in our organisation, now providing a wide range of circus classes for people of all ages to participate in. It is incredibly exciting that this important local community resource is moving from strength to strength, offering a wide range of children, families and individuals opportunities to extend and master physical skills within positive, supportive, creative and social environments.

Currently Castlemaine Circus is governed by a board of five voluntary members. The rapid expansion of this organisation has increased their responsibilities relating to administrative, legal, staffing and venue requirements.

Therefore after much consideration a decision has been made to open our membership to all circus participants. This process offers more opportunity for those within the circus to have a stronger vested interest in current and future directions and decisions making processes. With further opportunities to vote at the AGM, receive discounts on merchandise and support a growing not-for-profit organisation that is now part of the heart of Castlemaine. The increased revenue from membership will further support us to keep class prices at current levels.

As of January 2018, all students participating in Castlemaine Circus classes will become members of Castlemaine Circus Inc.  This means that each family will be asked to please pay a $20 per calendar year membership fee. This levy will be added to each families first invoice for the year.  If you have any concerns about this process please do not hesitate to contact me and a big thank you to everyone for your continued participation and support of such a valuable and highly respected community organisation.