Posted by Meredith Benke Bell
In spite of discouraging COVID news from Victoria and some places around the world, I am hopeful that at least for our own community, July is a time to start again. Crowds have returned to the beaches and the shopping streets of Chinatown, as Broome welcomes a throng of visitors for the school holidays. The latest easing of WA restrictions at the end of June have meant a renewed level of “normal” that we hope will continue.
For those involved with me in delivering programming, there’s a scramble to see what can be done before the year completely passes us by – now that we can do the things we exist to do – gather people together to share, inspire and celebrate!
Read on below - we’re excited to share with you what we’re planning:
A BIGGER SANDFLY PROGRAM Although returning to face to face circus classes has been a bit chaotic – as we’ve catered for hygiene and distancing restrictions as well as availability changes at BRAC (our training venue) – we’re preparing for all group classes to return in Term 3. Additionally, with the support and enthusiasm of our amazing trainers, we’ll have numerous speciality classes on offer for Term 3, to advance skill levels and help prepare students for performance. Classes will include juggling, poi, handstands, hula hoops and hopefully aerials!
A DIFFERENT TYPE OF CIRCUS SHOW Term 3 is usually the time to present a major Act-Belong-Commit Sandfly Circus production, so it feels strange knowing that that will not be the case. However, we are working hard to prepare an alternative concept to share with the community this term, and we can’t wait to share the details!
CLOWNS AROUND TOWN In the meantime, senior teen trainer, Enya Lippert and I are working with a group of circus kids to prepare a clown troupe for some pop-up performances. Like the rest of us, these clowns have spent 2020 woefully battling how to live their lives amidst the COVID restrictions, and they’ve come to share some wisdom with us. Look out for them at the courthouse markets, the night markets and in Chinatown on August 7th
for Ladies’ Night!
AN EXCITING FINALE FOR 2020 – WORN ART REVAMPED PRESENTS ‘TE KORE, A WORLD BEYOND’. We are really keen to wrap up a fizzer of a year with something quite the opposite - another spectacular wearable art production by Lesley Marsh. Performances are 6/7 November at the Broome Civic Centre, and we are currently calling for costumes. Now is your time to dream up a costume for the stage – get your submission in soon! Forms available at Broome Public Library and on our Theatre Kimberley Facebook page.