Wellington Circus Hub, 11 Hutchinson Rd, Newtown, Wellington

03/11/2018 - 04/11/2018

Production Details

A preview of its 2019 production  

After the success of The Composer at the New Zealand Fringe Festival in 2018, the creative minds at Tangata Circus Company are holding a preview of their new show REAL[ISE] which will be touring in 2019. The preview production runs 3-4 November 2018 at 8pm, at The Circus Hub. 

Appropriate for the whole family, REAL[ISE] will feature the company’s unique blend of circus, theatre and comedy in a narrative of the human experience.

More information about the show can be found at .

Directed by Jackson Cordery, REAL[ISE] is the story of a trio of characters who break out from the grind of their daily lives and discover the possibilities that surround them. Along their journey of discovery they encounter they joy and pain of human existence, and ultimately the power they hold within themselves. REAL[ISE] explores the idea that we are all outsiders in one way or another and that our power lies strongest together.

Tickets for the preview production are $10+koha and are available online at as well as on the night of the performance.

The Circus Hub 
Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington
3-4 November 2018
at 8pm
Tickets available online at

Theatre , Circus ,

1 hr

Naïve, charming, jaw-dropping, snazzy

Review by Deirdre Tarrant 04th Nov 2018

Very much in a working space and billed as a work in progress by this talented collective, REAL[ISE] is three chairs and three performers.  

They certainly hold the attention as they take us from the prosaic – shared lollipops and energetic toothbrushing – to a gobbledygook camerarderie in a world with a bag of dress ups and handbags that verge on absurdist.

Somewhat awkward skipping sequences with rather a lot of second ‘gos’ give way to four very accomplished acts on traditional circus equipment. Laura opens on the rope – very assured and strong.  Old telephones and some wonderfully nonsensical dialogue add theatrical impact to Sofia’s skills on the hoop – lovely extensions and clarity.

On the tissu, Jackson is outstanding: mercurial, impish and full of surprising suspensions – he really has that jaw-dropping element of mischievous tricks that we associate with circus.

The bar is high and we are spoilt for choice but REAL[ISE] has a naivety and charm. My two grandchildren love the closeness and Real(ity) of the whole show. The music is effective and the lighting excellent. Sight lines are an issue and I wish they could have set the whole show up higher somehow. Possibly the three characters could have been more quizzically drawn?

Laura’s Hoop Hoopla Finale is a real crowd pleaser, faultlessly building our awe levels – this is slick and snazzy. An hour of circus satisfaction indeed. Thankyou.


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