Thanks to crowd funding, Wingham’s own performance troupe CircArtUs now have some dazzling and delightful costumes for their roaming stilt walkers.
“With a fabulous community of people to help design and create these costumes and a group of wonderful donors who gave money to enable us to buy all the materials needed it was a huge success,” Jill Watkins, CircArtUs director, said.
“We now have a small colony of grey-headed flying foxes and a small swarm of native blue-banded bees!”
Jill sees the costumes as a community resource.
“They’re Wingham’s, not mine,” she said, “because [the flying foxes and bees] are significant things for Wingham.”
Crowd funding raised $2500 for the venture, with all money going toward the purchase of materials.
Bronwyn Squires made the costumes for a nominal fee, along with 30 other people involved in the construction of the costumes.
The costumes were launched on September 30 in the troupe’s rehearsal space behind Wingham Wellbeing, with the bats and bees doing a choreographed routine, accompanied by data projection on the walls to recreate the feel of Wingham Brush.
The creation of the costume bank is not yet finished, however. Now CircArtUs are working on some harlequin jester costumes made, ready for a big reveal at the Taree Night Bazaar in November 2016.