Practice makes Circus Oz skills perfect

THREADING yourself into wooden hoops while diving through the air isn’t a skill easily mastered.

 Circus Oz performers April Dawson, Olivia Porter (on shoulders), Nat Kell, Kyle Raftery and Scott Hone (bike). PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Circus Oz performers April Dawson, Olivia Porter (on shoulders), Nat Kell, Kyle Raftery and Scott Hone (bike). PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

But Western Australian acrobat Nat Kell plans to hoop-dive his way through the opening night of the national regional Circus Oz tour at Her Majesty’s Theatre this Friday. 

Mr Kell, originally from Melbourne, said he had been practising circus tricks since he was a child. 

“I studied at the National Institute of Circus Arts for three years,” he said.

“But before that I was an 11 year old performing in community circus, doing hand stands.” 

He said joining the circus had helped him learn more about himself. 

“You can do almost anything you want in the circus,” he said. 

“Humans are beautiful and we should believe in ourselves.”

Ballarat is the first regional town to be visited by the Circus Oz But Wait... There’s More show on the east coast of Australia.

About 12 people, including 10 circus performers and two musicians, will take to the stage in the production. 

Touring director Debra Batton said she was pleased with the show’s transition from tent to theatre. 

“Set-up has been going really well. We have given ourselves a bit of extra time to move into the theatre,” she said.

“We have got all the equipment ready to go.” 

Rehearsals for the regional leg of the tour began in April. 


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