Could a purpose-built theatre strengthen Australia’s circus sector?

The proposed 100-seat Borderville Theatre will be specifically designed for circus performances.

Despite performing and touring consistently since 1979, Australia’s national youth circus company, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus (aka ‘The Fruities’) does not have a theatre to call its own.

‘We love touring … and we love performing on Australia’s great stages like Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre Melbourne; all those things are fantastic and important, but we don’t have a stage of our own,’ explained Richard Hull, Chief Executive Officer of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts