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‘Spectacular acts of physical strength, endurance and anatomical unlikelihood. The performers take serious risks and amazing feats occur.’ – THE AUSTRALIAN

‘Carnival with a dash of David Lynch.’ – TIME OUT LONDON

CANTINA blurs reality and fantasy with in-your-face vaudeville, faded glamour, cocktails and suspense, all topped off with a live soundtrack performed on antiquated instruments. Co-created with seven highly-skilled circus and physical theatre performers, each with freakish talents, and set amid a hazy blur of reality and fantasy, torment and desire, in Cantina the fine line between pleasure and pain is never quite clear.

Co-directed by Scott Maidment and Chelsea McGuffin (Smoke & Mirrors), the critically acclaimed piece has enjoyed sell-out seasons in Holland, Munich, Colombia, Wellington, Adelaide and London for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Created specifically to be performed in Speigeltent-style venues, CANTINA toured widely across Europe and into South America in 2012 – 2013, along with its season at Auckland Arts Festival 2013, making it one of Australia’s most in-demand cultural exports.


  • WINNER Bank SA Innovation Award, Adelaide Fringe 2011
  • WINNNER The Advertiser and Critics Circle Fringe Award Best Overall, Adelaide Fringe 2011
  • NOMINDATED Green Room Award 2011 Outstanding Production and MIS-EN-SCENE

 Cast & Credits

  • CO-DIRECTOR & PRODUCER Scott Maidment
  • CO-DIRECTOR & PERFORMER Chelsea McGuffin
  • CO-CREATORS & PERFORMERS Daniel Catlow, David Carberry, Henna Kaikula, Mozes
  • ADDITIONAL CAST - Trent Arkley Smith, Alex Mizzen
  • PRODUCTION CREW Chad Albinger, Joshua Sherrin, Simon Mitchell
  • ORIGINAL COSTUME DESIGN Black Sparrow by Tigerlil

 Tour History

  • Spiegeltent Hobart 2014
  • Christchurch Arts Festival New Zealand 2013
  • SESC Circus Festival São Paulo Brazil 2013
  • Auckland Festival New Zealand 2013
  • Sydney Festival 2013
  • Freudenhaus Bregenz Dornbirn Austria 2012
  • London Wonderground Southbank 2012
  • Festival Iberoamericano De Teatro De Bogota Columbia 2012
  • New Zealand Arts Festival Wellington 2012
  • The Garden of Unearthly Delights Adelaide Fringe Festival 2012, 2011
  • Le Volcan Theatre Le Havre France 2012
  • Tollwood Winter Festival Munich Germany 2011
  • Dommelhof Circus Festival Neerpelt Belgium 2011
  • Park Theatre Eindhoven Netherlands 2011
  • Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen Netherlands 2011
  • Darwin Festival 2011
  • Norwich & Norfolk Arts Festival United Kingdom 2011
  • Brisbane Festival 2010

‘Spectacular acts of physical strength, endurance and anatomical unlikelihood. The performers take serious risks and amazing feats occur’


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