Bungo the Money God

Bungo the Money God was an arts and cultural project with Inala's Indigenous communities.

Based on the urban dreaming story by local elder, Uncle Herb Wharton, the project incorporated workshops in circus, dance, sound production and costume design culminating in a production season at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

This was a partnership project between Vulcana and Inala Wangarra with the collaborative support of Kooemba Jdarra, Contact Inc., The Annex (Glenala SHS), Inala PCYC and Brisbane City Council.


Tipping Point

Experience the unexpected. Traverse opposing worlds of beauty and disgust, ridicule and hilarity, and light and dark, where you will teeter on the tipping point between safety and the unknown.

10 - 13 December 2015
Wonderland Festival @ Brisbane Powerhouse



Director: Celia White

Performers: Eliza Gawne, Angela Peita, Emily Jones, Michelle Zahner, Ernest (Phoebe Manning), Tami Dawson, Bianca Mackail, Mayu Muto, Grace Law

Tech / Sound / Ushers: Yonna Simon, Maite Miramontes, Madeleine Grant, Shannon Stuart, Kirstin Sillitoe

Merchandise: Regan Henry, Monique Aster



Photographs by Heath Carney

Leaping off the Edge – Cabaret – Sun 28 June

Deaf and disabled artists.

Daring and diverse artists.

6:30pm, Sunday 28 June 2015

Stores Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse

119 Lamington Street, New Farm, QLD 4005


A great, fundraising night full of amazing artists! Singing, dancing, circusing and a whole lot more!







Julie Lyons - MC

Julie Lyons is one of leading Auslan Teachers in Queensland for more than 20 years. She is currently providing a private Auslan tutoring service (Julie Lyons Auslan Consultancy Service). She enjoys teaching Auslan and Deaf culture studies and she enjoys telling the stories about Deaf history to improve the student’s understanding of Deaf culture with “right attitude”. She has taught many students from different backgrounds, ranging from parents, community workers, doctors, lawyers and even circus performers! She has assisted many students to become qualified Auslan interpreters.

Julie has been the State Administrator at Deaf Sports and Recreation Qld since 2005. She is currently the presenter for Deaf culture in sport and the “Pathways to Deaflympics”. She organises the Deaf Sports Awareness Training workshops for various sporting organisations including community-based organisations throughout Queensland and she manages events for the deaf youth group e.g. Deaf Sports Day, Deaf Youth Camp and Deaf Sport Forum for affiliated clubs.

Julie was a professional actor with Australian Theatre of the Deaf (ATOD) in 1980s in Sydney. She was one of the actors in Theatre in Education throughout NSW schools. And she has been involved in many DVD projects.

She provides workshops to hearing audiences about deaf culture, sign language (Auslan), theatre, storytelling and poetry at Woodford Folk Festival every year with the organisation, Auslan Eternity.



Lauren Watson

Photograph: Laren WatsonLauren Watson is an aerial performer training under professional industry artist Tammy Zarb on the Gold Coast. In 2000, Lauren had a spinal injury. She was diagnosed with incomplete paraplegia, leaving her partially paralysed from the waist down and having to use a wheelchair. 12 years later she decided that it was time for a change, and that's where her love for flying started!

Lauren has spent the past 2 and a half years immersed in circus arts. Her specialty is aerial hammock, double hammock and lyra. Lauren has fully replaced routine physiotherapy with aerial training and performance.


This aerial piece, in collaboration with partner Anthony Symons, explores themes of relationships, support, understanding, the removal of barriers and love.



Racheal Missingham

Racheal MissinghamRacheal Missingham is a Deaf circus artist. Her work focuses on integrating social, environmental and circus ideas through acrobatics, aerial dancing and performing. She is currently a student studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Drama at Queensland University of Technology and is keen to explore social cohesion through physical theatre nationally and internationally for Deaf and disabled artists and arts workers. Racheal works as an environmental policy adviser.

Racheal's credits include, Performance:  Vulcana Women's Circus, Solar Bear Theatre and Access Arts QLD. Leadership: Sync Leadership Program, Cohort 1 (Australia Council for the Arts).


I just turned 28 years old when I acquired a cochlear implant. This opened up a whole new world of sound for me, and marks the start of my journey into learning and understanding these new sounds. There are sounds that I like and there are sounds that I detest. This piece of contemporary performance includes both ground and aerial skills and explores my journey into sound.



Kirstin Sillitoe

Photograph: Kirstin SillitoeKirstin is predominantly an arts administrator, who occasionally dips her toe into the waters of performance (as well as many other art forms). Originally from the UK, Kirstin worked as a freelance creative, facilitating multi-artform projects with the aim of exploring creative potential in others. She arrived in Australia in 2012 and currently works as the General Manager at Vulcana Women's Circus and the Co-CEO of Arts Access Australia. In her 'spare' time she makes her own clothes and dabbles in performance, writing and design.

Kirstin identifies as experiencing disability. She says:

"When I was 18, I received an anonymous letter from a friend saying she was concerned I might be depressed. It took me 8 years to pluck up the courage to see a counsellor and utter the words "I think I have depression". Since then, the depression comes and goes, but each time my understanding deepens and I learn more about myself and my connection to the world around me. So I have an interesting relationship with depression: I don't welcome the way it makes me feel, but I gain great benefit from the wisdom it brings with it."

Stories and Monsters (working title)

This work explores the complexity of domestic violence, identity and stereotypes. Drawing on personal experience, this performance highlights the many challenges of reducing domestic violence and how as individuals, we are often surprised with the paths we choose to take in life.

Anywhere Theatre Festival Logo

Vulcana supports Anywhere Theatre Festival

Two of our awesome Vulcana performers are showcasing their work at Anywhere Theatre Festival 2015!

Come and see some of the best new circus theatre work in Brisbane in the Stores Studio at Brisbane Powerhouse. Usually home to our adults and kids workshops, we'll transform the space to host these two amazing shows.


The Blue Bearded Lady

Presented by Overhead Risk Circus Theatrebearded-lady

The Blue Bearded Lady is a one-woman circus theatre performance that uses the fairy-tale of Bluebeard to explore what we, as humans, keep ‘hidden’, looking in particular at current societal and historical attitudes to women and sexuality.

Pipi-Ayesha uses traditional circus apparatus in new and unique ways to tell stories and create illusions that surprise her audiences.

Fri 15 to Sun 17 May @ 8:30pm

Vulcana Women’s Circus
Brisbane Powerhouse
Stores Building
119 Lamington St, New Farm, QLD
$20 | 60 mins | (MA15+)


Learning To Love Gravity



High up in the rafters of the house she once called home, The Orphan searches for a way to avoid her greatest fear — the ground beneath her.

But her solitary life is interrupted when The Stranger comes by looking for adventure.

Presented by PlayOn Productions and Vulcana Women’s Circus 

…A story told in theatre and circus

Fri 8 to Sun 10 May @ 8:00pm & Fri 22 to Sun 24 @ 8:00pm

Vulcana Women’s Circus
Stores Building, Brisbane Powerhouse
119 Lamington St, New Farm, QLD

$19  |  60 mins  | (PG)


Ladies Lounge Cabaret: Ski Lodge

A fabulous thank you to those of you who joined us at the Ski Lodge Cabaret on Sunday 20th July.

From snuggling up in the Ski Lodge Photo Booth to a snow-fall finale, the evening was a smorgasbord of winter wonder!

Each cabaret is a vital opportunity for Vulcana to showcase the range of creativity we engage in as well as sharing the work of our partners and friends. The cabaret also raises much needed funds for Vulcana Women's Circus … so thank you to everyone who came and gave so generously.

Thanks also to our official photographer Jen Dainer.



Mothers Day Cabaret

Vulcana Womens Circus and Ladies Lounge Present...

Mothers Day Cabaret
Celebrate mothers and their daughters with a quirky circus cabaret fundraiser this Mothers Day! A smorgasbord of local talented artists including circus, dance, music and more! Treat your mum (and your daughters, sisters, brothers, sons, your lover, your partner, your friends and yourself!) to couture cakes, tea with a twist and great night out!


  • a special gift for mums on arrival
  • raffles and prizes for 'Most Creative Headwear'
  • the FAMOUS Vulcana Bake Sale
  • roving performers and much more!!!

Sunday 11 May 2014
Doors 6pm, show 7pm
Stores Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse
Tickets $20 adult/$10 child online
($25 adult/ $12 child at the door)




Superfluous Appendages Cabaret

An amazing group of men are putting on a cabaret event 'Superfluous Appendages' in support of Vulcana Women's Circus.

Saturday 14 December
7pm doors open for 8pm show
Venue: SYC Studios, 37 Manilla St, East Brisbane
Tickets: Advance purchase $20, $25 at the door (limited numbers)