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Nathaniel and Matt Wareing are just two of the talented performers taking to the trapeze in Denning Park over the holiday break. Photo Vivienne Pearson
Nathaniel and Matt Wareing are just two of the talented performers taking to the trapeze in Denning Park over the holiday break. Photo Vivienne Pearson

Vivienne Pearson

Brothers Nathaniel and Matt Wareing are literally brothers-in-arms for a two-man busking show they are performing at PARK&FLY, at Denning Park Byron Bay, on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

Their show, called Squeaky Clean, starts with the two of them cleaning up the detritus ‘left behind’ by another act.

The ‘cleaners’ become inadvertent performers, a chance for the brothers to display their talent for acrobatics, juggling and comedy.

Nathaniel, 21, is a coach at Circus Arts. Matt, 15, has just completed Year 9 at Mullumbimby High School and started coaching circus this year also. Both are members of the Circus Arts performance troupe, who regularly perform at events and festivals around the Shire.

Being brothers helps with their routine and not just because there are few other relationships that would tolerate one person spitting a mouthful of water into the other’s face, all in the name of entertainment.

‘I more instinctively know the sort of stuff he’ll do,’ says Nathaniel about his brother.

‘If he goes off on a tangent or does something we haven’t rehearsed, it’s easy to keep up with him.’

Dozen shows

Squeaky Clean is only one of the performances on offer at PARK&FLY.

A dozen different circus busking shows, featuring local performers as well as those from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, will be dotted throughout summer.

Shows include acrobats, jugglers and aerial feats that will leave you gasping.

All this happens in the shadow of the ten-metre- high flying trapeze rig, which is open to classes and one-off swings for everyone.

Busking shows, as well as flying trapeze shows, are all free to watch – though feel free to reach into your pocket to support the performers as the hat (or garbage bin in the case of Squeaky Clean) is passed around at the end.

PARK&FLY is at Denning Park, Byron Bay (at the end of Bay Street).

• For more info visit www.circusarts.com.au/parkandfly.

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