Anna Thomson

FIX IT - A Clown Show About Climate Change

Performance Art

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Got a problem? FIX IT is here to save the day! With a worldview full of measuring and levelling, unraveling and disrupting, FIX IT arrives ready to get the job done. But when a call to a plumbing disaster forces them to act, they must confront their hesitation, reluctance and fear to do so; in the most ridiculous of fashions! A free, outdoor, street-style show that speaks to the heart of our own foibles, kindness and fallible humanity, FIX IT examines issues of climate change (and the political and personal obligation to address them) through the naivety, stupidity and pathos of a clown’s eyes. A highly physical and absurdly comic performance where dialogue is minimal and the story unfolds through physical comedy, vocal sounds effects, mime, slapstick and object manipulation.

"...masterful, absurdist clowning..." ★★★★ Seesaw mag (2018)

"Raucous ridiculousness done incredibly well" Theatre Press (2017)

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Anna Thomson is a Melbourne-based clown, theatre-maker, director, puppeteer, workshop facilitator and physical performer. She studied Lecoq-based clown, physical comedy, mask and performance making at the John Bolton Theatre School full time in 2015, at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) Summer School 2018, and has trained with performance teachers Clare Bartholomew, Giovanni Fusetti (ITALY), Liz Skitch, Penny Baron, Deanna Fleysher (US), Danielle Cresp, Rinske Ginsberg, Maude Davey and Steph Kehoe. She was a founding member (2017-2019) of PO PO MO CO; Melbourne’s multi-award winning physical comedy troupe (Melbourne Fringe Best New Circus 2017, Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award Winners 2018) and her solo show Madame Nightshade’s Poison Garden won ‘The Risky’ Award for Experimental Performance (Darwin Fringe Festival 2019) and was nominated for Best Theatre (Perth Fringe World 2018).

Anna was selected to participate in Performance Space’s (SYD) two-week Queer Performance Program (2019) and regularly performs at variety and cabaret nights in Melbourne, as well as roving at festivals and events since 2012 with her business New Heights Circus. She works with a number of Melbourne-based organisations in theatre-in-education, as a facilitator and director of CALD community theatre (including working with remotes communities in the NT) and has worked as a clown with the Starlight Children’s Foundation since 2015. In 2019 she won a scholarship to study a Certificate of Health and Creativity at the University of Melbourne, researching the link between clowning and health in rural and remote settings. Anna has a love of satire and delights in creating and directing highly visual, physical, and interactive theatrical comedy and performance with children, young people and adults. She enjoys creating absurd, poignant and hilarious worlds that playfully address environmental, gendered and social politics, and is serious about stupidity.

LINKS

www.annathomsoncomedy.com.au

www.newheightscircus.com

facebook.com/AnnaThomsonComedy/

instagram.com/annathomsoncomedy/

Times

1:05 pm - 1:40 pm | Courtyard Stage

4:00 pm - 4:35 pm | Little Sprouts Garden

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