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Corrosion and Whiplash Theatre

Corrugated Iron’s contribution to this year’s Fringe Festival will be a bit of a juggling act, with the Top End youth arts organisation staging two very different shows.

Corrosion sets circus skills to a dystopian tale, while Whiplash Theatre presents a medley of monologues and skits.

Executive producer Jane Tonkin says both performances will put young local talent centre stage to thrill audiences with their diverse skills.

“It gives young, local theatre-makers the chance to explore their art forms,” she says.

Set at a train station where everyone is on a journey to the end of the world, Corrosion is a visual spectacular of choreographed circus pieces including acrobatics, acrobalance, juggling, diablo, aerial, trapeze and barrel-rolling. 

Members of Corrugated Iron’s ensembles, Cyclone Circus and Flying Gypsies, have joined forces with Circus Monoxide, from Wollongong in NSW, to create the show, which Tonkin says was a remarkable feat of its own.

“The Fringe will be the first coming together of both troupes,” she says. 

“The style of the show has made it possible for individual groups to work on individual sections, but we will have three or four days to all perform together before the Fringe.”

The collaboration inspired the narrative about how big Australia is and what can happen when strangers meet.

Whiplash Theatre is a series of individual short performances that was designed to enable young artists to perform and experiment.

It includes monologues, skits and other short works, some scripted by the performers and others performing scripts they love.

Tonkin says the audience can digest it “like a package of short films”.

“There is an enormous variety and it will keep the audience on their toes,” she says.

“There is something in there for everyone.”

Corrosion THU 12  – SAT 14 JUL | 7.30PM | CORRUGATED IRON PERFORMANCE SPACE  | $20 | $15 CONC | $10 CHILD 

Whiplash Theatre THU 12  – SAT 14 JUL | 6PM | BROWN’S MART THEATRE | $15 | $8 CONC

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