Don’t Mess with the Dummies

Lions and tigers and dummies, oh my! Fresh from a busy year touring Australia and a critically acclaimed season at the world’s largest performing arts festival in Edinburgh, Dummies Corp’s allfemale circus comedy show, Don’t Mess with the Dummies, will premiere at Adelaide Fringe from 14 February – 13 March.
The Dummies are on an expedition and they’re inviting everyone along for a raucous ride of nonstop slapstick and skill. Pack your bag, tie your shoes and get ready for circus-filled hilarity as the Dummies monkey around the jungle, swing through treetops and skip past foliage. With a rockin’ soundtrack, unbelievable acrobatics and their trademark frivolity…it’s time to rumble!

Following a development incubator with clown maestro Clare Bartholomew (Circus Oz, ROCK BANG, Fringe Wives Club) the show will feature more acrobatics, new shadow puppetry and too much fun.

The multi-award winning Dummies Corp is Australia’s only dedicated family circus company. They have always been relied upon to delight local and global audiences with a crowd-wowing mash-up of circus, comedy and imaginative play.
The trio of fiercely funny women includes Ellen Henry, Shona Conacher and new member Sarah McDougall. All three are overly excited to share this brand-new production with Adelaidean young and their grown-ups.

“I have performed with many a circus troupe, but there is something about Don’t Mess with the Dummies that captures the heart – it’s pure silliness, pure play and pure acro-fun! All of the things that I love best,” says Sarah, who performed with the troupe at Melbourne Fringe in September and has toured nationally and internationally with companies such as Circolombia, Circus Oz and Casus.

Part of the genius of the Dummies shows is that they don’t forget about the big kids.

“We appreciate that parents and grown-ups like to be entertained too, so like a Pixar film, the show includes cultural references that resonate across generations. At the forefront of the show is the timeless and universal sense of fun and imaginative play – appealing to the young and the young at heart.” says director and Dummies Corp founder Jamie Bretman.

As silly as they are strong, these Dummies are masters of circus who laugh in the face of gravity and tickle your funny bone to take you on a wild ride of organised chaos! For a sneak peak of these fantastically fun performers, check out their new reel here.

Don’t miss your chance to set up camp and stampede into the jungle for an outlandish adventure with the latest Dummies extravaganza during Adelaide Fringe.

“There’s nothing as funny as a bum in the face” – Kidding Around Australia


“audience interaction runs strong in this rambunctious rollick” ★★★★ – The Age

“It was Brilliant” ★★★★ – Edinburgh Festival for Kids

“All too often these sorts of shows are all-male or majority male. It was great for everyone in the audience to see three hilarious women doing it” ★★★★ – Edinburgh 49

The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Corona Theatre, Rundle Park | Kadlitpina, East Terrace, Adelaide
February 14 – March 13

Tickets are on sale now via

Peter J Snee

Peter is a British born creative, working in the live entertainment industry. He holds an honours degree in Performing Arts and has over 12 years combined work experience in producing, directing and managing artistic programs & events. Peter has traversed the UK, Europe and Australia pursuing his interest in theatre. He is inspired by great stories and passionately driven by pursuing opportunities to tell them.

Peter J Snee

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