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Women's Circus Invites Melbourne To Powerful New Site-Specific, Feminist Circus Work

BY Sassy Red PR | 16-Oct-2019
“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.” - Jeannette Rankin Since 1991, Melbourne’s much lauded Women’s Circus has created over 30 original works combining contemporary circus, theatre and music, every three years staging a highly anticipated large scale production. In 2016, during their 25th Anniversary, they received rave reviews and sold out houses for their season of 'The Penelopiad', and 2019 sees them create and present another exciting and ambitious work for Melbourne audiences, 'The Drill'. #WomensCircus #TheDrillWC
Venue: The Drill Hall
Address: 395 Barkly Street, West Footscray, VIC
Date: 21 November to 1 December, 2019
Time: Wed - Sat 8pm, Sat and Sun 3pm
Ticket: $44 Full, $32 Concession, $60 Solidarity, $44 Sponsored
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Women's Circus Invites Melbourne To Powerful New Site-Specific, Feminist Circus Work
The Drill
Photographer: Marie Watt
Subject: Lizzie McCartney
Home to the Women’s Circus, The Footscray Drill Hall was built in 1914 to facilitate compulsory military training for men and boys aged 12 to 26 years old. Dozens of Footscray locals volunteered at the Drill Hall and these men became one of the first companies sent into battle in World War One - E Company. Soon they would find themselves in one of Australia’s bloodiest battles; Gallipoli. Most of the company of 250 did not return... and Footscray became a city in mourning.

A century later, the Women's Circus now invites audiences to a new, site-specific, feminist circus work, sharing untold stories of war through the lens of those left behind. Disappear into the world of 1914 for a surreal journey that blurs the lines between contemporary circus, immersive theatre, historical re-imagining, and art installation.

“For our 2019 production we decided to look at the history of our home.”, explains Women’s Circus Creative Director Penelope Bartlau.

“The Drill Hall has a very interesting past, having been built specifically for soldiers heading off to WW1. There have been periods of time across the Hall’s 105 years where it was a space exclusively for cis men. Somewhat ironic given that this is our home of 12 years. But this fact, this exclusion, coupled with the history of war itself being exclusionary, piqued our interest; “What happened to those who were left behind? To those who did not or could not conform? To those who were not recognised or who were invisible? To those who didn’t believe in the war at all?” This line of thought and investigation has been the catalyst for creating 'The Drill.'”

Created and performed by over sixty Women’s Circus members and artists, 'The Drill' uncovers buried stories of the site's history to explore the far reaching effects of war on communities. Running from 21 November to 1 December, and playing as a part of the 2019 Due West Festival, this powerful new work takes a compelling look at this historical space.

Women’s Circus is a not for profit arts organisation offering a year round circus and performance training program and producing socially engaged arts projects for women, trans and non-binary people and their communities. It is a proudly feminist organisation dedicated to individual well-being and community connectedness.

Devised and performed by Women's Circus members
Creative Direction by Penelope Bartlau
Circus Direction by Katy Burrows
Design by Emily Barrie
Sound Design by Kelly Anne Kimber
Lighting Design by Georgina Wolfe
Head Rigger and Rigging Design by Franca Stadler
Produced by Devon Taylor
Production Manager: Beth Weatherly
Stage Manager: Emma Telford

The Drill is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and Creative Victoria.