An ordinary boy, dressed head-to-toe in safety gear, stumbles upon an abandoned junkyard. To his surprise – and eventual delight – a ragtag gang of wild-at-heart kids take him, bouncing and tumbling, on the adventure of a lifetime.
The world-famous Flying Fruit Fly Circus presents JUNK, which will soon take the stage at the Gold Coast’s Home of the Arts in celebration of the circus troupe’s 40th birthday.
The award-winning show, which comes complete with circus skills, acrobatics and shadow puppetry, is a whimsical whirlwind of childhood nostalgia and childlike wonder. A leap back to the days when kids weren’t wrapped in cotton wool.
“JUNK responds to the creative question ‘do we over supervise our children?’,” says the show’s director, Jodie Farrugia. “Are we creating a generation denied the opportunity to take risks, find their boundaries and exercise their imagination?”
Inspired by the childhood of elderly Australians, JUNK has been inspiring audiences with its breath-taking artistry since 2016, and has enjoyed sell-out seasons at the Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne and beyond.
Combining energy and expertise, the performance sees 17 highly-skilled artists transform household objects into magical landscapes and apparatuses, simply using the power of their imagination. JUNK reflects on childhood – past and present – and, all in all, celebrates risk-takers and creative play.
“Our young artists undertook research with local elders, collecting their stories into childhood play in regional Australia during the 1940’s,” says Jodie. “These became the inspiration to create JUNK, a beautiful intergenerational exchange that has been a privilege to create within.”
Take a journey back in time, following the lead of a group of ordinary kids doing extraordinary things, and remember: “To invent, all you need is a pile of junk and a good imagination” (Thomas A. Edison).