Past Productions

Since 1991, the Women’s Circus has created over 30 original works combining contemporary circus, theatre and music.

Women’s Circus shows have long been a feature of Melbourne’s cultural landscape and the Circus has performed regularly in the Big West Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and Midsumma Festival, amongst others. Women’s Circus has been privileged to work with some of Australia’s leading female artists and directors including Sarah Cathcart, Kate Sulan, Nadia Kostich, Deb Batton, Anni Davey, Steph Kehoe and founding Artistic Director Donna Jackson. We are proud to have supported the early directing careers of some amazing contemporary circus artists including Spenser Inwood, Sara Pheasant and Christy Flaws.

  • Night Circus | Director: Penelope Bartlau, 2017
  • Fluidity | Director: Penelope Bartlau, 2017
  • The Penelopiad | Director: Steph Kehoe, 2016
  • Soar | Director: Steph Kehoe, 2013
  • What Do I Want? | Director: Spenser Inwood, 2013
  • Red Hot Flush | Director: Deb Batton, 2012
  • Leggings are Not Pants | Director: Sarah Pheasant, 2012
  • Out of the Box | Director: Franca Stadler, 2012
  • Snakes and Ladders | Director: Deb Batton, 2011
  • Ladies Prefer Brunettes | Director: Sarah Pheasant, 2011
  • Quite Contrary | Director: Deb Batton, 2010
  • Melbourne City Baths Show | Directors: Sarah Pheasant & Franca Stadler, 2010
  • Betty | Director: Felicia O’Brien, 2010
  • Herstory | Director: Felicia O’Brien, 2009
  • Here, Where We’ve Always Been | Director: Nadia Kotisch, 2008
  • Antechamber | Director: Annie Davey, 2007
  • A Plane Without Wings is a Rocket | Director: Annie Davey, 2006

  • Daddy | Director: Donna Jackson, 2005
  • Maribyrnong Pool Opening Show | Director: Donna Jackson, 2005
  • Sacred | Director: Kate Sulan, 2004
  • Odditorium | Director: Andrea Lemon, 2003
  • Ghosts | Director: Andrea Lemon, 2003
  • Secrets | Director: Sarah Cathcart, 2001
  • The Island | Director: Sarah Cathcart, 2000
  • Lilith | Director: Sarah Cathcart, 1999
  • Night Flying | Director: Sarah Cathcart 1999
  • Soles of Our Feet | Director: Sarah Cathcart 1998
  • Swimming with Sharks |Director: Sarah Cathcart 1998
  • Pope Joan | Director: Sarah Cathcart, 1997
  • Leaping the Wire | Director: Donna Jackson, 1995
  • Death, The Musical | Director: Donna Jackson, 1994
  • Women and Sport | Director: Donna Jackson, 1993
  • Women and Work | Director: Donna Jackson, 1992
  • Women and Institutions | Director: Donna Jackson, 1991

Women’s Circus provides opportunities for any woman to develop self-confidence, skills and creativity using social circus and performance.