Producer: Highwire Entertainment
Writer: Elena Kirschbaum
Directed By: Elena Kirschbaum

Untamed Desires, Captivating Wonders: A Provocative Circus Inspired by the Animal Kingdom!

Synopsis

Spectacular acrobatics, breathtaking cabaret and song, scintillating dance, this non-stop wild ride of a show is a sexy circus cabaret that draws inspiration from the animal kingdom and natural world. 

From the creators of Rouge comes Primal: sexy, funny, thrilling circus for grown ups featuring Australia’s most exciting circus and cabaret artists.

Primal will travel small and play big, and will suit most stage types from Spiegeltents to pros arch theatres and large block boxes, with flexible staging requirements and a single rigging point. It will fit very well into arts festivals or into a theatre or cabaret season, with enough high level circus to be a great option for a circus specific festival as well. The show is playful, joyful and inclusive, and doesn’t take itself too seriously, allowing audiences to feel welcomed into the show, while still offering alluring, sexy and salacious routines to delight.

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Technical Information

Touring Party: 7
Bump-in Time: 8 hrs
Bump-out Time: 1-1.5 hrs
Interval: Optional

Lighting

A generic touring LX design will be available as a guide. The show will utilize a standard lighting rig available in most venues with additional specials. The total number of fixtures used is always venue dependent and differs greatly between proscenium and ‘in the round’ venues. 

In addition to the standard rig conventional lighting fixtures we suggest the following:

  • 8 x LED wash fixtures (ideally moving head with zoom capability) to create full stage wash
  • 6 x Moving head spot profiles (ideally 8 x moving heads however the show can work with 6, 2 of which form part of the floor package)
  • 4 x Conventional Par 56 or 2 x twin head Molefays
  • 1 x Hazer (water based) & fluid

An additional 4 x LED wash or LED bars for the floor package are desirable but not essential.

It is possible to do a version of the show without moving heads but this requires a larger number of conventional lights to be pre-rigged and gelled.

Audio

The touring company will provide:

  • 1 x Qlab sound file for playback
  • 1 x Mac laptop for playback (if requested by the venue)
  • 1 x head mic (for our singer) with Sennheiser connector

We would ask the presenter to provide:

  • Mixing desk 
  • Mac laptop or desktop with Qlab for playback, if that is part of your usual in-house package (company can provide if not)
  • FOH PA system + amps suitable for the space
  • On stage monitors/ 2 x fold back wedges
  • 1 x sennheiser belt pack & receiver
  • 1 x handheld radio mic & receiver
  • All appropriate leads
  • Wireless comms for stage manager (ideal, but we understand if it is not within the usual house package)

Staging

5m x 5m of stage space is ideal, though the show can adapt to a variety of spaces. We also require ideally 7m of aerial height. 

PRIMAL has 3 aerial acts as part of the show: a single point trapeze act, an aerial straps act, and a lyra act. The equipment will be paged or struck when it is not being used.

The show is currently designed on a single point run through pulleys and attached at a rated floor point to be dropped in and out during the show. Aerial equipment is dropped in and out throughout the show. One act is performed with a counterweight. Our system is suitable to work with an existing single point drop in line. If an existing line is in we prefer spectra rope to be used. 

If suitable rigging is not available at the venue, the aerial acts can be omitted from the show. This may reduce the runtime of the show.

Crew Notes

For bump in, we suggest having the following crew:

  • 1 x LX technician
  • 1 x sound technician
  • 1 x mechanist (venue dependant)

For the performance, Primal can be operated by a single lighting/sound tech, but it is ideal if those are two separate roles.

The show will tour with a technical stage manager, who will be responsible for leading bump in, lighting plot, and assisting with rigging. During the show they will act as stage manager.

Transport Notes

The production is designed to tour small, with the set, props, costumes, and equipment fitting into standard-size luggage, which travels within the luggage allowance of the touring party. This makes the show easily able to tour by car or plane.

If travelling by car, two vehicles are ideal: 

  • a van in which we can fit the show luggage (7 show suitcases + 7 pieces of personal luggage, if touring multiple days)
  • and a 6-seater people mover.

Audience & Marketing Notes

Primal was created for adult audience demographics. Our intended target segments include:
– Women aged 40+, which we’ve found from the past several seasons of touring Rouge to festivals and both metropolitan and regional venues, to be our largest audience demographic.
– Queer audiences aged 25+, who are passionate advocates of queer rights, women’s rights, trans rights, gender diversity, inclusivity, and representation.
– Lovers of circus cabarets with live music.

Selling Points

  • It makes a great night out at the theatre, with high-level acrobatics and aerials that will leave your audiences wanting even more circus.
  • With the success of our previous adult circus show, Rouge, we know there’s a strong market for sexy circus cabarets with commercial appeal and progressive political undertones. We aim to make work that is sex-positive, queer-positive, with representation of diverse experiences, that pushes boundaries for traditional audiences and is lighthearted in its approach.
  • Primal comes with a strong marketing background, from a team that has earned multiple 5-star and critically-acclaimed reviews, both nationally and internationally.

Community Engagement

  • Circus workshops and masterclasses, tailored for specific age groups, skill levels, and interests, to be designed in consultation with community circus groups.
  • Post-show Q&A sessions, available upon request from the venue.
  • Mentorship sessions for local emerging artists, where they can be paired with a Primal performer for a coffee chat, brainstorming session, or simply to chat about career pathways. To be tailored towards the needs and interests of individuals within the communities the show visits.
  • Gym session with Primal cast members. Some cast members are a qualified Personal Trainers, who will run a group session in your local gym or recreational centre for local community to break a sweat. Encourages fitness, team building, and laughter. Programs can be tailored to availability of equipment and facilities.

Content Warning

Age Suitability: R18+ Coarse Language : Occasional, Strong Nudity Level : Occasional, Mild Sexual References : Frequent, Strong Other Warnings: Strobe Lighting

Details

Contact

Elena

Kirschbaum

0407 267 239

Genre

Audience

Venue Format

Proscenium Arch, Black box, In the round, Thrust, Circus tent, Spiegeltent

Duration

60 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

01/03/2025

31/12/2028

Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2025/2026. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Royalties: 9%
Apra Obligations: Fits within a normal concert license.

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