Melbourne Fringe: No Punchline

No Punchline is a circus show about female boxers that celebrates athleticism while also looking at the roles of women in society.

No Punchline. Melbourne Fringe


I think there’s an inherent disconnect in a circus show about boxing; circus is life-affirming to me and boxing is brutal. Boxing may sometimes be called “the sweet science”, forgetting that the term originated from the phrase “the sweet science of bruising”. But there’s a sweet science (no bruising) in how No Punchline comes together through its high flying acrobatics, evocative monologues, accompanied by beautiful sound and lighting designs.

I always find watching circus to be thrilling and heart stopping. I felt my jaw drop open several times in awe. With No Punchline’s feminist meditation, the show is lifted above the ring and flies through the air.


Keith Gow

Keith Gow is an internationally-produced playwright, best known for Who Are You Supposed to Be (Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Melbourne Fringe 2014, Adelaide Fringe 2015). He is also co-writer of the upcoming supernatural drama series Sonnigsburg which will air on Channel 31. He blogs about his writing, film and theatre at

Keith Gow

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