Monocultural media inspires circus critique

The latest production from Westside Circus is inspired by the trend of young people resorting to surgery to look more ‘western'.

Photo: Simon Conlon

Despite Australia’s ever-increasing cultural diversity, our mainstream media remains depressingly white. Everywhere we look, from soap operas and cinema to advertising and current affairs programs, we invariably see beauty and normality depicted as Caucasian. The legacy of this monocultural vision has in part inspired the latest production by Melbourne’s Westside Circus, a community arts company, some of whose young participants are confronted by the issue every day. 

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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