Presented by Women’s Circus and Due West Festival



21st November – 1st December 2019 

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


Image credit: Marie Watt, Women’s Circus Resident Photographer

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


Created and performed by over sixty members and artists, The Drill uncovers buried stories of the site’s history to explore the far reaching effects of war on communities. Running from 21 November to 1 December, and playing as a part of the 2019 Due West Festival, this powerful new work  takes a compelling look at this historical space. 


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? 



21 November to 1 December, 2019:

Wed – Sat 8pm, Sat and Sun 3pm 

Friday 29 November 8pm – Auslan Interpreted Performance 

Saturday 30 November 3pm – Audio Described Performance 



Tickets: $44 Full, $32 Concession, $60 Solidarity. 


This year, for the first time, Women’s Circus has sponsored tickets available. Consider paying-it-forward by purchasing a sponsored ticket, so those facing barriers can see this exciting new show.


If you are having trouble coming to THE DRILL due to financial barriers sign up to access a sponsored ticket HERE (subject to availability). 




Content warning: Themes, images and sounds of war. Some loud noises.  



This is a non-conventional performance with voluntary participatory elements. Audience members will move throughout the performance sites and be guided through the spaces so we encourage you to avoid bringing bulky items. Seating available. Chill out space available.  


Wheelchair accessible seating available. Wheelchair access via ramp at Barkly Street entrance.  


AUSLAN interpreted performance Friday 29th November 8pm.  


Audio described by Description Victoria Saturday 30th November at 3pm. If you are interested in a private tactile tour of the space please contact us on| 9687 3665 to organise.  


Women’s Circus accepts Companion Cards. If you have a Companion Card you will only be required to pay for your ticket, a second ticket will be issued for your companion at no charge. Please contact us to organise: 


Parking:One wheelchair accessible park is available via the Barkly street entrance, closest to the Women’s Circus entrance. This park is concrete paved and leads directly to the accessible ramp. General parking available from Gordon street and Barkly street. Please note: Women’s Circus carpark has gravel. Street parking available nearby, or at the Western Bulldogs carpark, accessible via Barkly Street.  


Taxi pick-up/drop off zone: available from Barkly Street side of Women’s Circus.  


Public transport: Sunbury train line to West Footscray station, and five-minute walk. Bus number 220 arrives right out the front on Barkly street. 


Bathrooms: wheelchair accessible, ambulant and gender-neutral toilets on site. Change table available.  



Women’s Circus strives to make our shows as accessible as possible to all. If you have any questions or concerns before booking tickets we encourage you to contact us to discuss: | (03) 9687 3665. DOWNLOAD THE DRILL ACCESS GUIDE PDF

THE DRILL is set during WW1, a time when many Aboriginal people fought and lost their lives for a country that didn’t recognise them as citizens. We recognise that there is a much longer, richer history – obscured by a colonial war that is still being fought today. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which this show takes place, the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nations. We pay our deepest respects to Elders past, present and emerging across Victoria who continue to care for land and culture, and resist in the face of colonisation. This always was and always will be Aboriginal land. 

Thanks to our partners:

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