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Splash Test Dummies
Trash Test Dummies Pty Ltd
Contact : Lauren Eisinger
“Delightfully intelligent, highly entertaining.” ★★★★1/2 - Herald Sun “There’s nothing they can’t do and their skills are first class.” ★★★★ - Adelaide Advertiser "Fantastic show guys, thankyou for keeping 2 adults and 8 kids laughing non stop for the whole hour 🙂 - magic!" - Audience Member
Rub-a- dub-dub, The Dummies are back with some splish splashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter. From the makers of hit show Trash Test Dummies comes a new production of oceanic proportions! Splash Test Dummies are here, ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into a brand new hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family. See a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy for which the dummies are famous. Join the Dummies and come diving from bathtubs to beaches in this new aquatic adventure! Trash Test Dummies have been delighting audiences young and old with a nuanced blend of circus, comedy and imaginative play, creating shared and treasured experiences for families across Australia and around the world. Now, they're ready to take you on a new adventure. The blend of physical comedy, circus and imaginative play give the show a unique wonder and charm. Like a Pixar film or an episode from Sesame Street, the show appeals on several levels with cultural references that resonate across generations. At the forefront of the show is the timeless and universal sense of fun and imaginative play.
History & background
Jamie Bretman, Jack Coleman and Simon Wright are highly skilled circus performers who created Trash Test Dummies in 2013 and have been touring nationally and internationally ever since. They have performed for sell out crowds and have been critically acclaimed in Australia, Asia and Europe winning a host of awards including the coveted Best Children's Presentation at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2015. The company are firm favourites on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival program each year and continue to delight fans young and old with their trademark blend of circus, comedy and imagination.
Marketing selling points
Selling to an audience: - like a pixar film, the show appeals across generations creating a shared experience for parents and grandparents and their children. - A high energy hour of circus, slapstick and comedy - Trash Test Dummies have been awarded Best Children's Presentation at Adelaide Fringe 2015 - highly reviewed and in demand across the UK, Australia and throughout Asia What should venues do to sell the show? - Splash Test Dummies photograph very well so image based marketing works wonderfully. Company can provide images and video - Company can run circus and clowning workshops
Key audience and marketing notes
Primary school aged students (5-12 yr olds), their parents and grandparents. The blend of physical comedy, circus and imaginative play give the show a unique wonder and charm. Like a Pixar film or an episode from Sesame Street, the show appeals on several levels with cultural references that resonate across generations. At the forefront of the show is the timeless and universal sense of fun and imaginative play. Trash Test Dummies do meet and greet sessions with their audiences after every performance building incredible rapport with community creating lasting impressions.
Community Engagement activities
Company can offer two different types of workshops to the local community whilst on tour, a clowning and physical theatre focused workshop and a circus skills workshop. Each workshop can cater for up to 30 participants ages 6+ and lasts for an hour. Participants don't need any prior ability and will leave having learnt some of the moves they have seen in the show, creating a strong connection between the performance, the artists and their own experience. Trash Test Dummies do meet and greet sessions with their audiences after every performance building incredible rapport with community
What is this?
|Theatre formats||Proscenium Arch or thrust stage.|
|Bump in (hours)||5|
|Bump out (hours)||2|
Splash Test Dummies will use house rig at pre-rigged theatres and can work with regional venues to accommodate facilities. The company have toured with their own LX and sound kit across regional WA with Country Arts WA and QLD with Artour. Full tech specs available on request.
Powerful, full frequency range, good coverage system Monitors/ foldback either side of stage preferably in the wings. Sound desk 4 channel min Auxiliary input required for Audio playback Hand held microphone for post show announcement.
Minimum stage: 8m x 6m Minimum height: 4m (must be lit such that cast can perform stunt work at this height) Black masking wings Black masking upstage
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 8||Height: 4|
|Depth: 6||Wing space: .1.5|
Access to washing machine and dryer preferable but not essential Dressing room access required 2 hours prior to performance
Company travel with freight in 1 tonne van. Venue to provide access to loading dock.