Roll up to hear tales from the big tent

Published: 23 Jun 2015

Tales of highwire heroics, death defying stunts and life on the road as a member of one of the nation's most loved family circus troupes will feature at a special family fun day at the Logan Art Gallery.

Born into the legendary Brophy family circus, Norma Brophy spent a lifetime on the travelling show circuit, visiting big cities, small towns and every post office in between.

After watching the industry change and evolve, Norma has turned her hand to art, painting typical show scenes onto canvases taken directly from the old Brophy family circus tent, the last canvas tent hand-made in Australia.

To celebrate Norma's first exhibition as an artist, the Logan Art Gallery will throw a one-off circus themed family fun day, featuring first-hand tales of the beauty, excitement and romance of travelling entertainers.

Sports and Community Services Committee Chair, Councillor Russell Lutton (Division 2), encouraged kids, big and small, to join in the festivities and sample the old-world charm of circus performance.

"Many Australians have fond memories of watching the circus roll into town, with their big top tents and exotic and daring acts," he said.

"Norma has spent a lifetime on the road and has just about seen it all – I'm sure she will have many tales of daring stunt men and women, sideshow alley antics and trapeze acrobatics.

"I would strongly encourage kids of all ages to get out their best show costumes and roll in to hear Norma's tales from the big top."

The free circus-themed family fun day will feature visual art, music, performances and food at the Logan Art Gallery on Saturday, 27 June, from 11am to 3pm.

Storytelling with Norma will begin at noon.

Norma Brophy with friend