Circus City 2019: KooKoo The Birdgirl
UK Premiere of Sarah Houbolt's one-woman show, showing as part of Circus City: the UK’s only festival dedicated to contemporary circus
The 1932 film ‘Freaks’ was so controversial for its time that it was banned for 30 years (it’s number 72 in the list of ‘1001 Movies to See Before You Die’). One of its stars was Minnie Woolsley who played KooKoo the Birdgirl. Her unusual career freed her from life in an asylum.
Minnie was a rockstar of her times; a freakshow performer and a film actress. Fast-forward a century and circus performer Sarah Houbolt has uncovered this cult classic. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to Minnie herself (and an undeniable higher calling), Sarah brings you an enlightening, captivating and visceral experience of the beauty of difference in her one-woman show. Expect a gripping narrative, a heartfelt connection to a hidden past and a spark-filled finalé.
This is fresh, exceptional work from Australian Sarah Houbolt – a Sydney 2000 Paralympian, a disability advocate and an award-winning, critically-acclaimed circus and physical theatre performer.
“Amazing, moving and revealing. This is an important performance.”
Suitable for ages 12+
Running Time: 50 mins (no interval)Artist's Website
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