Circaholics Anonymous

4 September 2012 | 11:22 am | Staff Writer

Five minutes with Calvin Grant, Founder/Managing Director of Circaholics Anonymous.

Plug your sho! We are the only fire based circus group in Sydney. We go where other performance groups can't handle the heat. No two shows are the same, ever. So miss a show and you could miss out on what everyone will be facebooking, tweeting, talking and texting about, and you don't want to be that person do you?

Where did the idea for this event come from? I went to a circus festival back in 2007 and saw some fire twirling. I thought it was great so got into it myself. A few years later I thought, hey why not create a fire based circus group, as well…there are no groups that do that, so not only would it be awesome fun but also unique. It's a win win. We started  as just two random circus freaks obsessed with fire in a backyard, now we are an arsenal of eight performing for all kinds of events. We've been on TV and part of music video clips. So at this rate who knows where we will end up.

What have the past few months or so been like in the lead-up to Fringe? Busy. We are trying to bring an even more awesome show than before. Not only have we been coming up with new techniques and tricks, but also making more unique equipment.

What inspires you artistically? I look at everyday life and tasks and think, what can I do to make this more interesting/dangerous? Most of our work is based on this philosophy and is created from scratch.

What the most cringe-worthy thing you've seen on stage? I would have to say seeing someone un-intentionally set themselves aflame was a quite memorable experience. It wasn't pretty.

What other shows are you looking forward to at this year's Fringe? I am definitely looking forward to seeing The Room which is also at The Forum Theatre. There are so many fantastic looking shows this year.

What excites you about being involved in the Sydney Fringe 2012? This is our third Fringe in a row. We've been involved with the Sydney Fringe since the very beginning and this year we are yet again going bigger and better than last time. The Fringe is an excellent way for all those artistic and alternate people out there who may not yet know about us to come and find out just how hot our shows are. Its fantastic to be part of a festival hosting so many great performers and shows from all over Sydney.

Circaholics Anonymous runs from Thursday 13 to Sunday 30 September, The Forum.