Canberrans are being encouraged to find their inner child and have a night at the circus.
The latest show from Circus Oz, But Wait . . . There's More, has just rolled into town and will be on until Saturday.
Performers Nathan Kell and Candy Bowers said audience members should expect to feel as if they were part of the show.
"You should feel like you can reach out and touch someone at some point in the show," Kell said.
Audience members seated in the first few rows can expect a lot of action as performers make their way through the crowd.
The pair also sent a cheeky warning to any public servants planning to come to the circus.
"Well, you're not going to get pulled up and set on fire and made to jump through a hoop or anything like that . . . we only do that to mayors and politicians now that we're in Canberra," the performers said.
Bowers, who is also the master of ceremonies, believed the show was best viewed through the eyes of a child.
"The best thing about children is they don't have those filters around their emotion; they just jump into everything, they let their imagination run wild and they just throw themselves in," she said.
"Be vocal, be expressive, let your kids laugh, they can jump up and down, they can dance."
Spenser Inwood, the company's strongwoman, said the diversity of the performers at Circus Oz set the company apart.
"I think that there's a real diversity in range of age, shape and size as well," Inwood said.
She believed almost anyone in the audience would be able to find a circus member they could relate to.
Inwood said the performers were multi-talented.
"The flying actors are quite spectacular but also on top of that I think the thing that is really interesting about Circus Oz is the live band.
"The performers and the musicians are constantly jumping in and out of the band. So I play about six numbers in the show as well as perform all the acrobatic stuff."
Circus Oz general manager Lou Oppenheim described what gave the company its Australian flavour.
"I think there's a distinct humour and distinct 'collaborativeness' and 'multiskilledness' that comes through in Circus Oz. It's everyone doing different skills and actually really giving it a go," she said.
But Wait . . . There's More is on at the Canberra Theatre Centre.
Tickets start at $60 for adults, $50 for concession and $35 for those under 27. Bookings: https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/wait-theres/.
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