The Candy Butchers

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‘Candy-Coated Circus Maxiumus perform awe inspiring and exquisitely executed physical feats. It is sexy, angsty and gasp inducing.’ – THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

‘At times it feels hallucinatory. It’s inventive, curious and original.’ – THE COURIER MAIL

The Candy Butchers was born from a desire to delve deep into the world of old time circus and physical story telling to create a Refreshingly dark, high -risk human spectacle blending the perverse with the poetic  to create circus with a heart… a twisted black one!

Created by contemporary circus luminaries Derek Ives (CIRCUS OZ)  & Azaria Universe (CIRCUS OZ, BURLESQUE HOUR) alongside Jess Love (LA SOIREE, LA CLIQUE) and DJ Garner (CIRQUE DU SOLEIL).

The show is a darkly humorous voyage into a neo-vaudevillian world of an imaginary sideshow era, combining high level circus with pathos, drama and tragedy. THE CANDY BUTCHERS is at once delicately touching, visually enchanting and physically impressive.

THE CANDY BUTCHERS has been heralded as one of the most important works to emerge from the new Australian circus movement.




  • NOMINATED Best Circus & Physical Theatre, BANKSA Award - Adelaide Fringe 2013
  • WINNER Best Independent Production - Green Room Award
  • WINNER Most Outstanding Production - Melbourne Fringe Festival Award
  • Voted #5 of ‘10 Best Theatre Experiences’ - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

 Cast & Credits

  • CO-CREATORS & PERFORMERS Derek Ives, Azaria Universe, Jess Love, DJ Garner
  • DIRECTOR Stephen Burton
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