Under Construction

Develop your next work on beautiful Wiradjuri Country.


Applications for 2024 have now closed.

Under Construction National Circus Residency Program

Under Construction supports emerging and established artists in Australia to develop and perform original new physical theatre and circus works. It provides structure for creative development, concluding with a work-in-progress showing at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.

For the first time, residencies can include creative time in our fully equipped studio theatre The Borderville.

In 2023 & 2024 we are additionally offering Under Construction: Victoria, made possible by a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts Victorian Circus and Physical Theatre Projects Fund.

Each Under Construction residency receives:

  • $3,000 cash towards expenses and in-kind support of up to $5,000
  • Two weeks access to the Flying Fruit Fly Circus rehearsal facilities and equipment.
  • Free accommodation in our Circus House, a five minute walk away, subject to negotiation of dates
  • Advice, feedback and mentorship
  • Basic technical support for a work-in-progress showing in the new Borderville Theatre.

Each Under Construction: Victoria residency receives the above plus:

  • $5,000 funding towards your creative development
  • An opportunity to be considered for a $20,000 commission to further produce the work in the new Borderville Theatre in 2024 or 2025.


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Under Construction is open to individuals or groups living in Australia with an independent arts practice in circus or physical theatre. The work must be original with no prior public performances.

Selection Criteria

Consideration will be given to:

  • The idea (is it interesting, innovative, bold?)
  • The proposed use of time for creative development
  • The track record and/or quality of the artists involved
  • The benefit of the residency to the advancement of your project and/or careers
  • The future potential of the project

2024 Under Construction Artists

The Cycle Project by Jess McCrindle
Hinterland: The Land Behind by Turcia Circus (Amy Stone, Gabi Platus, Phoebe Stephens
Concussed and Confused by Jess Connell
Untitled by Highwire Entertainment

2023 Under Construction Artists

Airborne by A Good Catch (Debra Batton, Sharon Gruenert, Spenser Inwood)
TITAN by Jarrod Takle
Rodeo Clown by Nicci Wilks, Susie Dee, Angus Cerini, Melissa Reeves, Patricia Cornelius, Wayne Macauley
If the Shoe Fits by Olivia Porter
Tensegrity by One Fell Swoop
Croquette, Corps, Cornichon by Steph & Camille Bontout-Mouat

2022 Under Construction Artists

Sertraline by Na Djinang Circus (Harley Mann)
Interloper by Rooke Circus (Freyja Wild, Conor Wild, Lewie West, Mieke Lizotte, Tony Rooke)
Escalate by Throw Catch Collective (Byron Hutton, Richard Sullivan, Sam Kreusler)
by Collective Circus
They Declare 
by A Good Catch (Debra Batton, Sharon Gruenert, Spenser Inwood)
FLIP the KAMMERER by Flip Kammerer & Fez Fa’anana

Past Under Construction Artists

World Repair Technicians by acrobat (Simon Yates and Jo Lancaster)
Tale of the Two Harpies by Nicci Wilks and Emilie Bloom
December by Jake Silvestro
Wattle Street by Unvarnished Circus (Ellen Perry Armstrong, Indigo Walker Stelling, Jacqui Turner, Lucy Tan and Maisie Walker Stelling)
Mindfield by Stephanie Pick
Insert Name by Statera Circus (Dylan Singh, Aleshanee Kelso, Karina Schiller, Tomas Correia)