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“The mere simplicity of having a rope as the only prop was just as clever as it was mesmerising.”


By a Thread is a new ensemble circus creation exploring the relationship between trust and play on an innovative aerial apparatus. Long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves and wrap around bodies, explicitly connecting the artists’ movements above and off the ground. The actions of one acrobat affect and implicate the movements of others in a precise negotiation of cause and effect. The performers use this metaphor for connectedness to explore the give and take, balance, and dynamics of relating to one another. Leaving the realm of the solo act where the performer relies on their individual strength, our acrobats rely on the strength of the group to hold the end of the rope, keeping them aloft.


By a Thread offers rich visuals of inventive aerial acrobatics and spectacular skills from some of Australia’s best emerging circus artists. With intense training in a breadth of contemporary circus disciplines, the performers have pooled their knowledge and skills, and then exploded the traditional boundaries of these disciplines to create a show where classic techniques are used in expansive ways and new skills are made possible.


Presented by: Frankston Arts Centre and One Fell Swoop Circus

This show is handpicked to be in the FAC 2020 Season.

 Thanks to our 2020 partners



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“An intricate and mesmerising piece of art” 4.5 stars


“It’s a bonnie, wee show, full of spectacle and heart. It reaffirms the idea that any rewarding endeavour between two or more people – whether romantic, in friendship, or acrobatic – begins and ends with true eye contact. Beautiful.”

The Australian Arts Review

“The risks they took were in the stunts, as well as in their storytelling.”

Australian Arts Review

“Damn brilliant show”


“A beautifully choreographed exploration of tension — physical, emotional and relational — that weaved and soared through a wide spectrum of contexts and tones.”

The West Australian

“A group of exceptional humans pushing the limits of their art”

The West Australian

“A brilliant ensemble piece.”


“A visual feast of amazing aerialist acrobatics performed within a contemporary circus stage and set to some vibrant musical scores”

Perth Walkabout

“What One Fell Swoop Circus created on stage often looked more like a work of art than a circus”

The Adelaidian

“By a Thread kept the audience engrossed from start to finish with their acrobatic skills. The mere simplicity of having a rope as the only prop was just as clever as it was mesmerizing.”


“I couldn’t help but see this performance as a comment on life. At times we must all be the anchor, remaining steadfast and true, allowing someone else the opportunity to fly and then when our turn comes, we are surrounded by those that want nothing more than to be there for you, and raise you up in to the clouds, but at all times, we must each trust in those around us to catch us if we fall.” 5 stars


“The audience is left gasping every few minutes at the feats unfolding in front of them and above their heads as the performers are swung, sometimes just centimetres, over the crowd below... Every act is seamless and this group knows how to push themselves to the limits while making each move look like poetry in motion.”

The West Australian

“Entertaining, respectfully serious work of high quality circus skills, By a Thread brings a unique depth to the heights of aerobatic display.”

Australian Stage

Detailed Warnings for Teachers

None, all ages.


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Featuring seven acrobats and 30 metres of rope, By a Thread offers rich visuals of inventive aerial acrobatics from some of Australia’s best circus artists.


Information for Educators

By A Thread is a great introduction to contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre.

Students can:

ENJOY leading young Australian Circus artists perform creative and dynamic repertoire, which has been devised from inspiration around “cause and effect”.

ENGAGE in conversations around the use of the body to convey story, emotion and mood.

RESPOND to the ideas around the idea of “cause and effect” and the greater implications of this in our everyday lives. Students can explore situations in their lives and worlds, which parallel with this concept.


Extension Opportunities

An Education Resource Kit is available for this performance.

There is a Post-Show Q&A after the performance.



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