About the show – ECLIPSE

Concept by Sally Richardson
Directed by Ben Sheen & Meredith Kitchen
Devised with the graduating company

Eclipses are harbingers of change – they usher in an evolution.

Embark on a journey with us as we explore the story of this changing world. What would we change if we could? What is this ‘new normal’ we face? What world do we want ours to be like? 

Inspired by The Pandemic is a Portal by Arundhati Roy, ECLIPSE offers a gateway to a vision of what our future could, should, would and might just be. Exploring unity, diversity, harmony, balance, trust, compromise, our humanity, and our fragility; what can we build and create together?

Devised with the graduating company, conceived by Sally Richardson (Director of Steamworks Arts, Artistic Director of Maxima Circus), directed by Meredith Kitchen (Associate Director at South Australian Circus Centre) and in-house performance studies co-ordinator Ben Sheen (Director/Founder of Periscope Productions 2011 – Present), ECLIPSE is a cross-faculty collaboration with Costume and Make-up students from Melbourne Polytechnic and Film Students from Swinburne University of Technology Film and Television.

ECLIPSE welcomes NICA’s first public-facing production since 2019. Twelve enduring and talented students have been pressurised by lockdowns into diamonds, ready to showcase a thrilling live performance filled with acrobatics, corde-lisse, trapeze, aerial hoop, tightwire, roue cyr, handstands, foot juggling and hula hoop. 

Artfully paired with the dazzling live opera vocals of one of Australia’s finest interpreters of contemporary vocal repertoire, Judith Dodsworth (Greta in Brian Howard’s Metamorphosis with Victoria Opera, as well as the title role and Mercedes in Carmen for OzOpera), a live electronic and percussive score by Louis Frere-Harvey (Command Q, Structural Dependency) and dynamic visual set and costume design by Eloise Kent (The Darkening Sky, TheatreWorks in 2022, THIS at Rising Festival in 2021) and Angelica Rush (After Mrs. Rochester, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 2020) and uniquely illuminated by Govin Ruben’s lighting design, ECLIPSE will leave audiences blinded by surprise.

Via Trybooking
Tickets between $28 - $35

Thursday 9 June 7.30pm (Preview)
Friday 10 June 
7.30pm (Opening Night)
Saturday 11 June 
Tuesday 14 June
Wednesday 15 June 
Thursday 16 June 
Friday 17 June 
Saturday 18 June 
Saturday 18 June 

90 minutes

The National Institute of Circus Arts
39-59 Green Street, Prahran

PG – Parental Guidance recommended
This show contains loud sound effects, smoke/haze and flashing light effects 


Alanah Hill

Chelsea Hall

Chris Higgins

Grace Robins

Josh Duncan

Lily Akers

Linda Corazza

Michael McDonald

Rindi Harradine

Sam Daly

Sophia Bohlsen

Zac Stephens

To book graduate artists contact Australia’s leading circus agency for professional circus performers:

NICA Represents


Concept & Co-Creator/Writer Sally Richardson

Co-Creators/Directors Benjamin Sheen & Meredith Kitchen

Costume & Set Designers Eloise Kent & Angelica Rush

Lighting Designer Govin Ruben

Sound Designer & Musician Louis Frere-Harvey

Opera Singer Judith Dodsworth

Production Manager Scott Grayland

Safety Officers Kyle Raftery & Martine Howard

Show Riggers Ryan Taplin & Wayne Appleton

Stage Manager Liam Drennan

Assistant Stage Manager Leopold Pentland

Lighting Operator Rob Harewood

Sound Operator Lee Stout

Costume-maker & Wardrobe Supervisor David Splatt

Seamstress Francesca Gonzales & Josepehine Maynard

Front of House Manager Taygan Booth

Bar Manager Sarah Berrell

Digital Technologies Coordinator Kaleb Hawkins

Video Content Daniel Hart & Gianluca Itemerato

Video Documentation Masterworks Media

Poster & Show Photography Rob Blackburn

Graphic Design Karen Leskiw & Louis Green


Head of Circus Studies James Brown

Senior Educator – Academic Tegan Carmichael

Performance Studies Coordinator Benjamin Sheen

3rd Year Coordinator Martine Howard

2nd Year Coordinator Alexander Gullan

1st Year Coordinator Emily Hughes

Certificate IV Coordinator Hannah Trott 

Alumni Industry & Engagement Coordinator Natalie Frijia

PSA Dance Coordinator Merryn Tierney

Circus Teachers Earl Shatford, Gang (Charlie) Cheng, Helene Embling, Jess Love, Jon Griffingham, Ludwig Schukin, Mark Douglass, Mark Graham, Mireille (Mimi) Goyette, Mitch Jones, Rong Lu, Siarhei (Serge) Sharapayeu, Skip Walker-Milne & Vasily Ivanov

Dance Teachers Linda Sastradipradja & Jess Smith

Anatomy & Physiology Dr David Munro

Business Studies John Paul Fischbach

Circus History Antonella Casella

Music Studies Carl Polke & George Papanicolaou

Technical Studies Jamie Henson

Administrator Jenny Vanderhorst


Director Simona Jobbagy

Operations Manager (Human Resources) Emily O’Connor 

Operations Manager (Facilities & Resources) Sonya Curry

Operations Manager (Commercial) Paula McKaskill

Executive Officer Lourdes Sanchez

Senior Finance Officer Faye Stathakis

NICA Represents Agent Melenie Stevenson

Marketing & Communications Manager Sophia Watson

Marketing Coordinator Karen Leskiw

Online Engagement Coordinator Ally Kilpatrick

NICA Rec Administration Assistants Felicity Dennis & Vanessa McGregor

NICA Administration Assistants Sebastien Pasche & John Martin


To NICA Board of Directors and the NICA Medical Team.

Also a big thank you to all the upcyclers and recyclers who have donated old tents and other objects to the creation of the ECLIPSE set!


Head of Costume (Melbourne Polytechnic)
Amanda Silk

Additional Costume Construction by Melbourne Polytechnic Costume students
Esther Anderson
Alannah Citino
Claudia D'Adam
Mireille Duckworth
Emma Hancox
Kiara Martin
Isabella McKenzie
Madelaine Lyons
Skye Window
Liam Jones


Head of Makeup (Melbourne Polytechnic)
Lynn Hunt

Melbourne Polytechnic Makeup students
Jesse Smith
Stephanie Foote
Charlotte Web
Ivy Reynolds
Lucy Iwasa
Michela Warwick

Production Coordinator at Swinburne Film and Television
Kaylene Tyler

Swinburne Film & Television Students
Eavelyn Ried
Ella Crowley
Francis Bourke
Luca Pavano
Matt Jenner
Matthew Pettinella
Nikolas Montagnese
Peter Tomras
Riley Chintock
Sam Hvidberg


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