The Flying Kiwi Circus

Celebration Theatre, Hagley Park, Christchurch

18/07/2011 - 27/07/2011

Production Details

Come one! Come all!

To the The Flying Kiwi Circus Show!

Combining hilarious physical comedy, fine circus skills, a talented rubber chicken and awesomeness. The Flying Kiwi Circus team continues their crusade to prove to the world the unbelievable, the never-heard-of: Kiwis really can fly! A fun filled Circus show for the whole family! Be sure to also enrol in our awesome circus workshops!

The Celebration Theatre Marquee, North Hagley Park.
Mon 18 to Tue 19 Jul: 11:00am-12:00pm.
Mon 18 to Tue 19 Jul: 1:00pm-2:00pm.
Mon 25 to Wed 27 Jul: 11:00am-12:00pm.
Mon 25 to Wed 27 Jul: 1:00pm-2:00pm

All Ages, Group booking 20+ at $5* a head..
Child, $9.00*
Caregiver Required, $9.00*

*Plus Booking fee

Book now to avoid disappointment!
Contact The Celebration Theatre

Phone (03)332 0039


Flying Kiwi Circus Workshops!

Learn some tricks from the pro’s of The Flying Kiwi Circus like juggling, plate spinning, unicycling and other awesomeness. Olli and Colin are dedicated to having lots of fun with you teaching a range of circus skills and to proving that Kiwi kids can fly! Also check out our awesome circus show at The Celebration Theatre.

North New Brighton Memorial Hall:
(ages 5-8), Thu 28 Jul: 10:00am-12:00pm.
(ages 8-13), Thu 28 Jul: 1:00pm-3:00pm.
(ages 5-8), Fri 29 Jul: 10:00am-12:00pm.
(ages 8-13), Fri 29 Jul: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Age Group: 5 to 13yrs, Child, $15.00. (Caregiver Optional, Free).

Booking Required. Ticketek Booking Number CB11591*. 

North New Brighton Memorial Hall,
Cnr Marine Pde & Bowhill Rd (beach side),
North New Brighton. 

Olli Ricken: Programme Director, Tutor, Performer
Colin Cross: Chief Executive Officer, Graphic Designer, Tutor, Performer
Mike Hines: Chief Financial Officer, Tutor, Performer
Natasha (Nataliya) Oryshchuk: Marketing Manager, Funding Administrator, Tutor, Performer
Stacey Morrell: Fitness Consultant, Quater Master, Tutor, Performer  

Mon-Tues (wk 1) the Mon-Wed (wk 2)

A skills-based show with impressive comic elements

Review by Elizabeth O’Connor 18th Jul 2011

Four circus aficionados made homeless by earthquake damage to the CircoArts building at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) have created a company, offering shows, workshops and visits to schools and organisations. Key person: Olli Ricken, CircoArts teacher and experienced performer.

For KidsFest and the Canterbury Celebration season in North Hagley Park, the company plays multiple shows in a striped tent, with flags flying and intriguing moving parts outside it, just along from the Christchurch City Council dome.

Both morning and afternoon shows were packed to the gills on this, their first day of performance.

I attended at 1pm, among children from babies to young teenagers, with enough adults and team leaders to keep everyone under control.

The show is skills-based, with impressive comic elements, but uses music and performer personae and some interactions, both clever and crude, to ‘sell’ the acts. Very traditional circus. The ra-ra style of MC Neisha Murphy is a little tiring at times, but she is doing double duty, playing high energy characters (including a Lady Gaga in blue fur, and an underwater ukulele player – a superb piece of audience manipulation) in addition to feeling that she has to rev the audience up all the time.

Colin Cross and Mim Conyers are finding their feet – playing geeks and exploring status relationships with the audience and with each other, but display excellent skills with rubber chickens and acrobatics.

Olli Ricken manages her Spotty Bee and Bee Happy characters expertly, engaging the audience in quite subtle interactions, without having to rev them up – manoeuvring them to see her as failing then succeeding, and vice versa.

The show is perhaps ten minutes too long, and the tent perhaps ten degrees too hot – but these are minor quibbles. The children present were glued to the stage, apart from when they made asides to their parents – a healthy activity among children at the theatre. 

A great way to spend just over an hour on a sunny day.
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