New era for Australia’s circus and physical theatre sector

The Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association (ACAPTA) has been wound up, with its services transferred to Theatre Network Australia.

Gravity and Other Myth’s Backbone. Image by Hamish McCormick/Carnival Cinema.

Established in 1999 out of the ashes of the Australian National Circus Association (ANCA), and originally known as the National Circus and Physical Theatre Association (NCPTA), Australia’s peak body for circus and physical theatre is no more.

A special general meeting of the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association’s (ACAPTA) members in April agreed to wind up the organisation. That process has now been completed, with Theatre Network Australia (TNA) announcing last week it has taken on the bulk of the services that ACAPTA used to provide.

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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