It's fight night at the circus!

Season: 22. February – 16. August 2020

The makers of the legendary whiskey-soaked circus party SCOTCH & SODA return with their latest trick LE COUP. Cheer on the daredevil acrobats and musicians from Australia - you're invited to their boisterous fight night in the boxing ring!


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Wild showmanship meets Neo-Vaudeville when the daring competitors of LE COUP present their skills: Hand-to-hand acrobatics, trapeze, straps, hair hanging, and juggling with bowling balls included. Featuring a ferocious live soundtrack by the bluegrass band Father Grant and The Blunt Objects and singer Mary Murderess, the artists fire each other up to the highest level of tricks. LE COUP is a tribute to old funfairs, the travelling folk, the showmen and acrobats who had to earn the favour of the audience and their merits. So get inspired by The Boss, Sally The Cat, The Ugly Hungarian, Sister, Barry The Builder and The King, all of whom will step into the ring to take the win.

In LE COUP, sitting back is not an option, so don't forget to cheer on your favourite and loudly place your bets. Get ready for a squad that's got a trunkful of tricks.

About the Creative Team

Directed by: Chelsea McGuffin, Company 2
Lighting and Set Design: Fraser Martin
Sound Design: Katie Sweeney

Chelsea McGuffin trained as a dancer at the Centre for the Performing Arts in Adelaide, before switching her interests to circus. She has worked extensively in the circus industry with both professional companies and community projects. That work includes: Circus Monoxide, Tony’s Imaginary Circus, and Artistic Director for Vulcana Women’s Circus, Queensland Theatre Company, and from 2000 – 2008 with Circa Contemporary Circus, where she was the Associate Director. Chelsea was then the Creative Producer at Flipside Youth Circus for three years where she created a number of highly successful productions and programs for young artist’s ages 8 months – 26 years. Together with her group Company 2 she strives to create work which engages its audiences and pushes the art form to new places. Some career highlights have been seasons at La Tohu Montreal, Bogotá International Arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Opera House, Sydney international Festival, and other venues in Belgium, France, Germany, Canada, UK, Hungary, Romania. Chelsea also co-directed WUNDERAGE with Rob Tannon and Circus Oz, and her solo performances include Regarding the Joy of Othersfor the 2009 Brisbane Festival and Smoke and Mirrors in 2010 at Sydney Festival. LE COUP premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2019. The season at the CHAMÄLEON Theater Berlin takes place in cooperation with Circus Oz.

In the press

“All the ingredients of a great party: humour, laughter, risk and a little bit of titillation. A very enjoyable show!”
Scottish Fields

“A gloriously (mock) gory night out – a raucous rollercoaster ride through vaudeville’s darker histories ”
Total Theatre

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