Flipside Circus We Live Here


We Live Here is a thoughtful and beautifully presented insight into death and dying — and it’s also a great piece of circus

A Circus by young people about death – We Live Here, is a hard sell. But it should be on every Brisbane Festival bucket list.

The here is Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice and the production is based on the stories of its “guests”, their parents and their siblings; performed by members of Flipside Circus, the state’s largest youth circus company.

We Live Here is a thoughtful and beautifully presented insight into death and dying – and it’s also great  circus.

The opening night audience was lucky enough to be part of an artists’ talk and Q&A where Hummingbird House general manager Fiona Hawthorne put the show in perspective.

“It is a privilege to be invited into the families’ lives. It is a demanding time and an exhausting time but we allow them to capture moments; we allow them to breathe, we give them an opportunity to spend time together as a family.”

“It is about providing opportunities for kids to be kids; families to be families and for precious memories to be made”

We Live Here is a way we can share those collective memories – it shows kids playing in the backyard; families sharing a meal and parents grabbing rare moments together in a combination of physical theatre and voice-overs.

The five-member Flipside troupe – Mia Hughes, Amy Stuarts, Skip Walker-Milne, Luke Whitefield, and Indra Garvey (the latter two only 13 years of age) just dazzle with some jaw dropping acrobatic feats – and it might seem strange to say – but Luke and Indra’s date night is one of the funniest things I have seen in ages.

And yes there are plenty of laughs here – including a brief send-up of Swan Lake – along with the tears.

We Live Here was originally commissioned for Metro Arts last year for its Deathfest and picked up two Matilda Awards for Best Director and Best Circus/Physical Theatre. But I’m told the bigger venue at Cremorne Theatre, QpAZC, better lighting and a few tweaks means this is an even better show than last year.

Don’t let the subject matter put you off seeing this before it’s short run is over. It is one of the best shows I have seen this year.

Written by Michelle Collins
The Courier Mail

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