About the show

They say that ‘fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate’, and yet nothing tastes sweeter than the nectar of forbidden fruit. Like moths to a flame, fame draws in its subjects only to leave them scorched by the spotlight.
In this circus-theatre show of the century, a posse of egomaniacs discover that the road to hell is paved with red carpet and a god complex can only get you so far.
Trapped in a never-ending cycle of posing, smiling, and waving to adoring fans, for whom, the novelty never seems to cease - will our celebrities escape their prison, or risk it all and ascend until they’re immortalised amongst the stars?

Tumble, twirl, and fly in the shoes of the rich and famous as they perform acts of swinging trapeze, Chinese pole, acrobatics and more.

Our young divas thrive under the direction of prolific multidisciplinary artist, Carita Farrer Spencer (Pescado, NICA 2015), whose professional career spans three decades full of enviable collaborations.

Draped in Savanna Wegman’s designs (Biographica, Lyric Opera Theatre Works) with the assistance of Melbourne Polytechnic costume design students, the wardrobe exudes luxury with its cleverly crafted textiles and considered embellishments.

The stage - sentient, attitudinal, and questionably motivated - is created by NICA alum and established set designer, Tim Rutty (GRIM, 2023).

A feverish mixtape by musical maestro Darius Kedros (THIS, Rising Festival 2023) adds the appropriate amount of oomph to this celebrity soap opera.

And shedding light on scenes of chaos is Spencer Herd (Frame Narrative, Old Fitz Theatre 2024), live performance lighting designer with an eye for detail so sharp it makes 20/20 vision look like an ocular impairment.
An Oscar-worthy performance of opulence and grandeur, Famous is toxic, delusional, batty, and brilliant. 

Catch it in theatre from 13 – 22 June 2024.

Via Trybooking
Tickets between $15 - $40

Thursday 13 June 7.30pm (Preview) 
Friday 14 June
 7.30pm (Opening Night) 
Saturday 15 June 
Tuesday 18 June 7.30pm  
Wednesday 19 June 7.30pm 
Thursday 20 June 7.30pm
Friday 21 June 7:30pm 
Saturday 22 June 2:00pm (Matinee)
Saturday 22 June 7:30pm (Closing Night)

75 minutes

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

PG 13+ (parental guidance recommended).
The show may contain references to adult themes, loud music, fire, and smoke haze.

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Anais Stewart

Gabriel Walker

Gemma Jackson

Jasmin Tait

Jasmine Poniris

Jesse Holden

Luca Trimboli

Merlene Hutt

Rose Symons

Taylor Vogt

Ty Wallent

Zaelea Nolte

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NICA Represents


Carita Farrer Spencer

Costume Design
Savanna Wegman

Set Design
Tim Rutty

Sound Design
Darius Kedros

Lighting Design
Spencer Herd

Production Manager
Scott Grayland

Show Rigger
Andrew Dyson & Kyle Raftery

NICA in-house Rigger
Kyle Raftery

Safety Officer
Leo Pentland

Stage Manager
Edwina Guinness

Digital Technologies Coordinator
Kaleb Hawkins

Lighting Operator
Liam Jones

Sound Operator
Lee Stout

Front of House Manager

Bar Manager
Sam Boyd

Cameron Grant, Parenthesy

Video Documentation
Alex Sibbison, Masterworks Media Productions


Head of Circus Studies
James Brown

Senior Educator – Academic
Tegan Carmichael & Valentina La Piana

Performance Studies Coordinator
Katie Cawthorne

Movement Convenor
Linda Sastradipradja

3rd Year Coordinator
Martine Howard

2nd Year Coordinator
Alexander Gullan

Certificate IV Coordinator
Hannah Trott 

Alumni Industry & Engagement Coordinator
Natalie Frijia

Circus Teachers
Emily Hughes, Earl Shatford, Gang (Charlie) Cheng, Helene Embling, Jon Griffingham, Mireille (Mimi) Goyette, Rong Lu, Vasily Ivanov, Brett Franzi, Jian Nie, Felicia O'Brien, Marco Paoletti & Lauren Skopal.

Business Studies
Lauren Eisinger

Circus History
Antonella Casella

Administrator (dance programs)
Jenny Vanderhorst


Simona Jobbagy

Operations Manager (Human Resources)
Emily O’Connor 

Operations Manager (Facilities & Resources)
Franx Ann

Operations Manager (Commercial)
Paula McKaskill

Executive Officer 
Josephine Byrt

Senior Finance Officer 
Faye Stathakis

Senior Administration Coordinator
Anne Young

NICA Represents Agent 
Christina Cox

Marketing & Communications Manager 
Karen Leskiw

Marketing & Communications Assistant
Halina Powierza

Social Media Support
Jeff Young

NICA Rec Administration Assistants
Jessie Shook & Meagan Kenny

NICA Administration Assistants
Sebastien Pasche & Ali Metcalf (acting)


Meg Strode

Scenic Artist
Tim Rutty

Set construction
Andrew Dyson, Kyle Raftery & Adam Davis

Lead Educator, Melbourne Polytechnic
Lynn Hunt

Educator, Melbourne Polytechnic
Amanda Silk

Melbourne Polytechnic Makeup students
Mia Condon
Mackenzie Inglis
Chiara Thompson-Stokell
Sierra Welch
Eliza Zagar
Aaliyah Sweetnam

Melbourne Polytechnic Costume students
Djuno Fisher
Amelie Gold
Ines Kustura
Tash Oorloff
Anastasia Velluti
Tilda Luca

Special thanks
Circus Oz & Flying Fruit Fly Circus


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