Infamous Cabaret Circus director Joseph Ashton at Susan River Homestead with the big top in the background.Photo: Alistair Brightman
Infamous Cabaret Circus director Joseph Ashton at Susan River Homestead with the big top in the background.Photo: Alistair Brightman

No running off as circus crew joins virus control effort

EVER hear the one about the circus performers stranded at a regional homestead?

It might sound like the setup for a bizarre joke but this has been the reality for the Infamous Cabaret Circus Show team since coronavirus restrictions took hold.

The cast and crew of the adults-only circus show have been isolating at Susan River Homestead for six weeks.

Show director Joseph Aston is incredibly grateful to the McLean family for the space.

Mr Ashton said the touring show's closest thing to home base was in Western Australia and they simply couldn't return there due to distance and state borders being closed.

The cast initially tried to perform for audiences with social distancing measures in place but it was decided to halt the tour to keep audiences safe from the possible spread of coronavirus.

Mr Aston was hopeful the crisis would subside soon and the show would be on tour again.

Since the show is not on tour and not earning an income, it has had to rely on the support of the Fraser Coast community to get by.

Mr Ashton thanked the community for its support and for understanding the situation.

The distancing hasn't stopped the performers from practising new choreography and keeping themselves fit during isolation.

Mr Ashton said it was easy to fall out of practice, but performers needed to maintain their skills, especially when it came to the dangerous stunts in the show.

Mr Ashton said it felt weird maintaining a practice routine but not performing it for an audience.

He said performers were always getting different ideas for acts but unfortunately there was no way test the new acts in front of an audience at the moment.


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