One Fell Swoop Circus presents


Following sell-out houses at Fringe World 2017, a recent tour to France and back by popular demand, One Fell Swoop Circus return to FRINGE WORLD with By A Thread, 12-25 February 2018 bringing with them their trademark 30 metres of white rope.

By a thread1Using no nets or safety harnesses, By A Thread offers rich visuals of inventive aerial acrobatics and spectacular skills from some of Australia’s best emerging and established circus artists. Seven performers combine dynamic acrobatic skills and poignant physical theatre in choreographed exploration of tension; physical, emotional and relational.

By A Thread explores the relationship between trust and play on an innovative aerial apparatus—using long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves and wrapped around bodies, explicitly connecting the artists’ movements above and off the ground.By a thread

The performers are hoisted and swung by one another to create striking tableaux and breathtaking dynamics. The actions of one acrobat affect and implicate the movements of others in a precise negotiation of cause and effect, much like the booms and sheets of a sailing ship.

Coming out of intense physical training at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), Australia’s elite-level circus training institute, the By A Thread ensemble emerges with a cutting-edge contemporary circus piece on an innovative aerial apparatus.

The rope is a physical manifestation of the trust implicit in any relationship, acrobatic or otherwise. The performers use this metaphor for connectedness to explore the give and take, balance, and dynamics of relating to one another.

Leaving the realm of the solo act where the performer relies on their individual strength; our acrobats rely on the strength of the group to hold the end of the rope, keeping them aloft.

“We were so thrilled by the positive response we had from Perth audiences last Fringe that we couldn’t resist bringing back the reworked version of By A Thread to share with WA”, says Jonathan Morgan, company spokesperson, One Fell Swoop Circus.

If you want to see a group of exceptional humans pushing the limits of their art, this show is definitely for

you.” The West Australian

“…an intricate and mesmerising piece of art…It truly is a brilliant ensemble piece.” ArtsHub

Venue: Big Top, The Pleasure Garden, (Russell Square) Northbridge

Date: 12-25 February

Time: 8.15pm

Duration: 50 mins (all ages show)

Tickets: From $20


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The interview was done by Malti Elliott with one of the performers/directors Chalice Rust.  

A Simple Space

Seven acrobats push their physical limits without reserve; this performance is simultaneously raw, frantic and delicate. Supported bA simple Spacey driving live percussion and presented so intimately that you can feel the heat, hear every breath, and be immersed in every moment.

“Cirque du Soleil with a fistful of grit” ????? UK Express, 2016

“Stripped back and raw… an awe-inspiring display of strength, skill and creativity.” ????? The Advertiser, 2014

Stunning and joyous. A Simple Space sets audiences alight with non-stop feats of exhilarating acrobatic ability. The world-class acrobats of Gravity & Other Myths have stripped their craft down to the bare essentials in A Simple Space where talent and creativity shine through in a celebration of strength, playfulness, and friendship.

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with one of the performers Jascha Boyce.

Flaws & All 

A raw, brave and beautiful circus-comedy about one woman’s flaws and all promises to be a must-see at next year’s Fringe World festival.

Perth’s own Dawn Pascoe is the beauty and brains behind Natural Wings (Winner of the WA Circus Award at Fringe World 2015 and 2016) and invites audiences to witness exquisite choreography on the ground and high in the air with her Flaws & All show delivering a stunning and quirky combination of aerial dance and physical comedy.
Flaws and all
“I’m fascinated by the notion that we try to hide our flaws, our failures, our cellulite, our not-so-perfect lives which got me thinking: why not embrace these flaws? And how do I show this message using just my body, my creativity, two trapezes, a diabolo, an evolving costume and a cake?,” Pascoe says of Flaws & All.

From dress sense to having a balanced life, to getting drunk at a party and doing inappropriate things, to eating the whole cake instead of just one slice… we all have our flaws and Pascoe thinks we should celebrate them!

With a background in circus including a Diploma from Circo Arts NZ (2005) and Performing Arts BA Theatre Arts from WAAPA (2003), Pascoe is a choreographic specialist in aerial dance, as well as a rigger, performer, director, devisor and artistic director of Natural Wings, a production company she founded in 2005.

Pascoe has toured all over Australia and abroad, including Sirkus Landsby in Norway, Canadian Street Art Festivals, Irish Aerial Dance Festival and the World of Wearable Art in NZ. Flaws and all2

With Fringe World often over-run by international acts, this local lady with her heart on her sleeve is definitely one act not to be missed. 

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​”Poignant narrative punctuated by dazzling physical displays… Seeing Pascoe step up to a trapeze and her feet leave the floor is akin to seeing a creature leaving one element to demonstrate a familiarity and freedom in joyous release in another, as when a flopping fish is returned to water or a waddling bird takes flight ”  
​- Australian Stage Online

WINNER – WA Best Circus Show at Fringe World 2016
WINNER – WA Best Circus Show at Fringe World 2015
WINNER – People’s Choice Award at Toronto Buskerfest 2013
WINNER – Best Production Team, Blue Room Theatre 2011
WINNER – Best Solo Show at Wellington Fringe

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the star of the show Dawn Pascoe.


The saucy and cheeky, subversive and hilarious Elixir returns to Fringe World Perth from 31 January to 26 February 2018.

elixirWith sold-out success around the world, the boys have perfected their craft at the likes of Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Brighton Fringe. Elixir brings an all-new production and creative team with them to Perth, taking their slapstick circus to a whole new level.

The story of Elixir follows three (very handsome) enthusiastic and acrobatic scientists who attempt to concoct the elixir of life – a mythical potion instilling upon the drinker eternal youth. Elixir is an incredible display of acrobatics, flying 5 meters into the air on teeterboards, mesmerising spins up-side down on the roue cyr wheel, remarkable one arm handstands and balancing acts on swinging trapeze, with an intriguing storyline to match.

Having all graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts in Victoria, a trio of experienced yet youthful acrobats forge the team in Elixir. Rowan Thomas plays the resident clown in this trio, and is best is known for his unique style on the cyr wheel, combining his natural comedic talent and personality with his superior athleticism. Rowan is known as being the best wheel artist in Australia and one of the top wheel performers in the world. Thomas Gorham is the all-around acrobat, performing trapeze, hand balancing, hoop diving, teeterboard and hand to hand acrobatics. Thomas plays the ‘angry boss’ turned zombie fiend Wolf Kuntsman, regularly thwarted by his own idiocy and exuberant nature. Cal Harris rounds off the trio, playing the heretical character Karl Eastwood, rocking the stage with incredible acrobatics and balancing feats, but not without flexing his impressive physique throughout the show.

Elixir fuses breath-taking acrobatics, hilarious antics and sweaty muscles, with finely tuned brinksmanship sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!






An hour of exhilarating fun that astonishes and delights in equal measure.” ★★★★★

British Theatre (Edinburgh)

“A show with full-on energy, comedy and eye candy. Elixir could very well be the show of the Fringe.”


The Outlier Scotland

“Absolutely spectacular” ★★★★★

Theatre Bubble (Edinburgh)