'Precarious' performance with an important message: Circus Oz set to impress in Mandurah

The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre will transform next month when Circus Oz 'steps right up' to town on their national tour.

Their latest show, Precarious, is 70 minutes of non-stop acrobatic mayhem inspired by nature and the pressing issue of climate change.

The new show explores what happens when the overseers of nature fail in their duty of care and demonstrates how easily the natural balance can be upended, creating chaos on a human and global scale.

Taking to the Mandurah stage over the weekend of August 3 and 4, Precarious unfolds through an ingenuous maze of outstanding acrobatics, impressive aerials, live music and physical comedy.

The ensemble will unearth innovative circus acts to create an exciting 3D world that examines the fragility between humanity and nature, including foot juggling, jaw-dropping aerial rope and tippy ring, mesmerising roué cyr, Chinese pole and hula hoop.

Created by Circus Oz artistic director Rob Tannion and independent director Kate Fryer, the duo push circus innovation and extend audience expectations through their shared love of storytelling.

"We are in precarious times environmentally. How much more can our ecosystem take? Are we approaching the tipping point? Can humanity restore the natural balance before it is too late?" the co-directors said of the new show.

Renowned for his hula hoops and Washington trapeze talent, cast member Adam Malone started his performing career at just 12 years old, bringing a traditional background in circus and gymnastics as well as a wealth of experience and visually creative focus to the show.

In an interview with the Mandurah Mail, Malone said the show was entertaining for audiences of all ages.

"It's really diverse with lots of classic circus acts and lots of new, innovative acts," he said.

"It has a good message about the environment and climate change so it's sending this political message in a kind of silly and fun way that doesn't take itself too seriously as well.

"Circus performers are constantly creating new things and we have a voice to share the messages that are important to us and more freedom to put a bit more politics into our work."

Malone said he was enjoying playing a villain in Precarious and putting his skills to the ultimate test.

"I'm this mad scientist who doesn't realise he's mad until the end of it all and I've been tampering with the environment and the polar bears," he said.

"I'm well rounded, multi-skilled but my specialty act is a rare trapeze act where you balance on your head on the trapeze and swing and spin.

"We're very ensemble based though so we don't just come on stage and do our single solo acts one after the other but everything rolls in with each other and we all do multiple roles in the show in group acts."

Now with more than 40 years of experience behind them, the rock 'n' roll, all human circus has toured to 28 countries and played to over 4 million people.

Precarious by Circus Oz will play at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre at 7.30pm on Saturday, August3 and at 2pm on Sunday, August 4.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the MPAC website or call the Box Office on 9550 3900.