Circus not YUCK at all

Headshot of Carly Laden
Carly LadenBroome Advertiser
Email Carly Laden
Georgia Deguara (centre, seated) with the members of YUCK Circus.
Camera IconGeorgia Deguara (centre, seated) with the members of YUCK Circus. Credit: YUCK Circus, Supplied

A young Broome woman’s dreams of running away with the circus were realised when her first company made its big-top debut last month.

Georgia Deguara’s YUCK Circus made its debut at the Freo Royale and Perth Fringe festivals, breaking down female standards and “rough Aussie norms”.

“Our award-winning Western Australian company of circus chicks are tackling the uncomfortable through dance, circus and beaut comedic timing,” she said.

“It’s binging on a jar of Nutella, it’s the thwack of the tampon, and it’s all contemporary Australian poetry.

“YUCK is all about showcasing women in a new light; funny, strong, acrobatic, flexible and smart — aka the lot.”

The all-female circus is Deguara’s debut company and first venture into directing, something she learned as an alumni of Theatre Kimberley’s Sandfly Circus.

“I always had a love for the circus arts and I didn’t even know it,” she said.

“I was always performing as a kid and training with Theatre Kimberley from the age of 11 encouraged me to follow this dream as a career.

“Last year I graduated with my Bachelor of Circus Arts from the prestigious National Institute of Circus Arts Australia and I am now directing, performing and producing full time.

“Living in an isolated town at the top of Australia encouraged me to work hard on my career and enabled me such success by the age of 22.”

When she developed YUCK Circus, Deguara said she wanted to use her company’s show as a tool to express what it’s like as a woman in contemporary arts.

“It’s our ethos not to use our voices to alienate, but in light and entertainment, create a safe and engaging platform to have some uncomfortable but educated chats,” she said.

“If anything I wanted to encourage those with a ‘male-lens’ to attend, to encourage a solidarity and joy of the ‘opposite’ gender and also just have a fun time.”

During YUCK Circus’s premiere season in Perth and Fremantle, Deguara said nothing could have prepared her for the amount of support received.

“We were stacking up big crowd numbers through word of mouth, having punter after punter tell us they would come back and bring more mates,” she said.

“But nothing would make me happier than bringing YUCK Circus to Broome.

“I reckon Broome would eat this show up, and as a Kimberley artist, nothing means more to me than to give back to those who raised me.”

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails