After a snap lockdown in Perth, the all-female acrobatic troupe YUCK Circus are set to perform their first tour in more than a year and the pristine waters of Broome are on the list. Renowned for their comedic and energetic shows, the YUCK Circus unapologetically break taboos and use their performances to “start a conversation”. Broome-raised YUCK Circus director Georgia Deguara said the essence of the group’s performances was to get people talking, through addressing issues and stereotypes in a fun and innovative way. “It’s meant to be a conversation starter — we want girls to go home and feel comfortable telling their parents they got their period,” she said. “We’re bringing it up so they can talk about it in the car home, not to shove a point.” The troupe have backgrounds in dance, drama, circus and gymnastics, but Deguara said performing in YUCK Circus had helped them all gain confidence. “It’s not just empowering for the audience, it’s empowering for us too,” she said. “We’ve had girls who couldn’t speak on stage and they’re now larikkins and yelling in people’s faces.” Deguara said it was impossible to remain in one place working in the performing arts industry and she was excited to bring her show home to her friends and family. “This is the first time I’ve brought my original material home and it’s exciting to be able to perform in front of kids I’ve taught since the age of five,” she said. “It’s hard being away from home, but I can’t complain about travelling the world doing cartwheels for a living.” After fears the tour would be cancelled because of recent COVID-19 restrictions in parts of WA, the group were given the green light for their first performance in more than a year. Deguara said COVID-19 restrictions affected the group “immensely” last year, and being from different cities and States prevented them from training together. “We’re nervous but thrilled that the tour is going ahead,” she said. “It would’ve been heartbreaking for it to be cancelled again.” After the tour concludes, Deguara is set to return in July to run circus workshops at her alma mater, the Sandfly Circus in Broome. “I draw inspiration from my days in community circus and the style I was taught at Sandfly Broome,” she said. The YUCK Circus is set to perform at Fitzroy Crossing Recreation Centre tonight and Broome Civic Centre on Saturday.