Tours de force. This month– China and Scotland

Tours de force. This month– China and Scotland

August will see some of Australia’s top talent making a splash overseas as Circus Oz breaks new ground in China and Malthouse Theatre takes two dazzlingly successful productions to Edinburgh.

Circus Oz's landmark tour not only marks the first time that Circus Oz has performed in China, but it will also complete a circle that started in 1983 with the Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe’s cultural exchange. This visit led to the Nanjing Acrobatic Project, which saw seven Chinese acrobats and an interpreter arrive in Albury Wodonga to teach members of Circus Oz, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus and many other community circus and performance groups from around the country — completely transforming the repertoire and training processes of the groups in the process.

Circus Oz will perform Model Citizens in Xuzhou at The Olympic Sports Centre from 17–23 August. In a final touch of synergy, part of the proceeds from the season will be donated to the Centre for Children's Welfare and Adoption in Xuzhou, China.

Taking part in the Edinburgh International Festival,Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid, fromMalthouse Theatre, is a wild and hilarious romp that turns Hans Christian Andersen’s story of self-sacrifice, seduction and salvation.Adored at last year’sInternational Festivalsinging lost and banned Weimar songs alongside Barry Humphries,Meow Meow, the queen of cabaret and the creator of and performer in the show, is an award-winning actress, dancer and singer whose unique brand of performance art exotica has electrified audiences around the world — including the critics: ‘Meow Meow has star quality to burn... she's the flame - the audience mere moths,’The Metro.‘Hilarious, wounding and truly delightful, Meow Meow's The Little Mermaid is breathtakingly good.’Herald Sun.The show is directed by Michael Kantor and featuresChris Ryanand The Siren Effect Orchestra.

The hype is already mounting for Malthouse’s Wild Bore asTime Out London has listed the show as the top pick for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In this very funny and hugely inventive show, three masters of smart, spiky, political comedy join forces to take down their critics. Superstars in their own right, Zoe Coombs Marr (winner of the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival forTrigger Warning), Ursula Martinez (UK) and Adrienne Truscott (US) now team up brilliantly and hilariously for the first time.

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