THE Flying Fruit Fly Circus is set to embark on its biggest tour in six years with the Border troupe to travel from far north Queensland to south-west Victoria with Control Alt Delete.
The production, featuring 16 performers aged from nine to 18, will be a cornerstone of the Albury-Wodonga group’s celebrations marking 35 years since the Fruit Flies began as part of the International Year of the Child in 1979.
“It’s great news. And 2014 is our 35th anniversary year, the tour is certainly going to be a big part of that and we’ve got a number of other projects to mark and celebrate our survival and success in the region,” Fruit Flies’ executive director Richard Hull said.
Control Alt Delete focuses on how young people take command of their lives and cope with being under directives.
Mr Hull said it was the largest touring show since the all-female Circus Girl was toured around NSW, Tasmania and Queensland in 2007.
“It’s the first large-scale show we’ve put together for quite some time,” Mr Hull said.
“We did a preview in our training space in December last year and did a full scale version in Wangaratta in March and we generated some interest in the show touring.”
Incoming artistic director Jodie Farrugia has overseen the production.
“It’s quite an abstract show, it’s accessible but it’s not narrative-driven,” Ms Farrugia said.
“It’s probably more like something you would see in the dance genre rather than the classic circus act.”
Control Alt Delete will be staged in Victoria in May with Portland, Sale and Warragul shows and in Queensland in September stopping at Brisbane and Cairns.
The NSW leg in September and October will have stops at Taree, Dubbo, Gosford, Tamworth, Orange, Wagga and Griffith.
Member for Albury Greg Aplin said the government would spend $144,489 on the tour in NSW with the Australia Council expected to meet costs in Queensland and Victoria.
“This is a great promotional exercise for our region, displaying the acrobatic and circus skills of the students who become our ambassadors,” Mr Aplin said.