National honour for our own Fruit Fly Circus

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus’s show Circus Under My Bed, featuring Imogen Stuart, 16, has been nominated for a Helpmann Award. Picture: DANIEL BOUDTHE Border’s own Flying Fruit Fly Circus has received a nod in Australia’s most prestigious honours for live theatre, the Helpmann Awards.

The long-running youth circus group has been nominated in the best visual or physical theatre category for its show Circus Under My Bed, which played to sell-out crowds in Sydney and Melbourne earlier this year.

The critically acclaimed show, performed by 17 artists aged between 10 and 18, was presented at Sydney Opera House, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Arts Centre Melbourne.

Fruit Fly executive director Richard Hull said it was thrilling to be nominated — particularly in the same year the circus celebrated its 35th anniversary.

“It’s a wonderful endorsement of the dedicated and creatively innovative work of Jodie Farrugia, Scott Grayland and all those in our artistic and training teams, and above all of course, the brilliance of our young performers,” he said.

“This recognises our company and local Albury-Wodonga talent as being amongst the very best in Australia.”

The Helpmann Awards, held on August 18, are named in honour of Sir Robert Helpmann and are Australia’s version of the Tony Awards on Broadway and the Olivier Awards in London.

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