“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.” – Jeannette Rankin 

21st November – 1st December 2019 



Disappear into the world of 1914 for a surreal journey blurring the lines between contemporary circus, immersive theatre, historical re-imagining and art installation.  



A significant local landmark, Footscray’s Drill Hall was built in 1914 as a site for compulsory military training for boys and men and has been home to Women’s Circus since 2006. Created and performed by over 60 Women’s Circus members, alongside a team of renowned artists, THE DRILL draws on the site’s original purpose – service for WW1. This important work uncovers buried stories to explore the effects of war on communities and poses the question: what happens to human behaviour in the face of adversity? 


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Open House Melbourne: your chance to see inside and check out a rehearsal


Join us for a guided tour and learn about the history of the site from the dedicated research team. Get a behind-the-scenes peek at a rehearsal for this THE DRILL  and chat with the Creative Director about the process of devising a Women’s Circus show. You are also invited to share your stories about this unique site.


Sunday 28 July 12pm–4.30pm. For full details including sessions times head HERE.

Cast & Crew


Since 1991, the Women’s Circus has created over 30 original works combining contemporary circus, theatre and music. At the heart of all our production are Women’s Circus dedicated members. Some members have worked and performed in every Women’s Circus show, for others this is their first time performing. THE DRILL is guided and supported by a team of renowned directors, artists and designers.

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