The Flying Fruit Flies are often described as ordinary kids doing extraordinary things, but in this year's flagship festival, they'll let loose their wild side.
"For a very long time here at the Flying Fruit Flies, we've been developing a secret wild children sanctuary," artistic director Anni Davey said.
"The tumbling brat is almost critically endangered these days, because they've been pushed out of towns and cities by varieties much more adapted to those areas, like the common brat and the closely related spoilt brat.
"We're going to open up our sanctuary to small tour groups."
Members of the public will explore the "wild children sacntuary" at Wonga Wetlands in one-hour shows, as part of the Borderville Circus Festival.
Ticket sales opened on Friday for this year's festival, spanning December 3 to 19.
Executive producer Tahni Froudist said the event was planned with COVID-19 restrictions, with the team being prepared for potential changes.
"We're planning based on today's rules, so that's 50 per cent capacity with space between seats," she said.
"We had the big top last year, which was a very special thing, and all of that learning has helped us do this."
As part of last year's Borderville program marking 40 years of the circus, a big top returned to Hovell Tree Park.
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The 2020 program has been created with more shows to account for the reduced audience numbers.
As well as the "endangered species" show, there will be performances by artists-in-residence and graduating circus students.
"It's an opportunity for those students to show their works and people are really appreciating being in a live audience," Ms Froudist said.