Last weekend I caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen in quite some time, and during our conversation we covered where we were up to with our kids, partners and the professional aspects of our lives.
This friend related how, after working for the one company for 30 years, she was made redundant but had found work that she is finding very fulfilling.
She told me she couldn’t believe she had stayed in the one job for all of those years.
‘I should have done it years ago,’ she said beaming.
‘And you,’ she added. ‘You’re still as busy as ever?’
I thought a lot about this afterwards and everything that is contained in that little word of just four letters and decided that there is a better word to describe my personal and professional life and that is ‘rich’.
For the past thirty years I’ve worked as a communications professional, but in a number of roles.
I’ve worked in journalism, public relations, marketing and writing and in that time have had the chance to meet and work with some amazing people and organisations in the worlds of news, education, health and even a couple of stints with the Australian Olympic Team including at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where our own Flying Fruit Fly Circus performed at the opening ceremony.
Thanks to the marketing profession musical chairs that sometimes is played in in this region, I find myself working with the circus, a not-for-profit company, in an environment that can only be described as energising.
Former Fruities now take their place in many new and emerging companies here and abroad as well as with the renowned Cirque du Soleil.
My first encounter with the circus was in my time as a journalist at Prime News and covering the first National Training Project which, although it did disappear for a little while, continues today and then taking my two boys to a number of performances over the years including a performance in the Lincoln Causeway precinct under the big top.
Four years ago I went along, with small children I had borrowed for the occasion, to a Limelight production which was specifically created for the up and coming to give them performance experience and performed at the Hume Building Society Butter Factory Theatre on the Causeway.
The enthusiasm, energy and expertise of these kids as they juggled, tumbled, hula-hooped, ribbon twirled, trapezed and generally delighted the audience ranging from tiny tots to grandparents was captivating.
Two years ago the Limelight production, ‘Get Smarter’, a spoof on double agents and spies, was staged at the Wodonga Civic Centre.
This time, the troupe of twenty-eight, under the direction of circus veteran and trainer Ruth Bauer, will perform next Thursday and Friday at the Fruities new home in Hovell Street, South Albury.
Performers have joined the troupe either through the audition process, or after being part of the Saturday morning Circus Arts program going through a series of selection classes to earn their place.
And while the circus trains them in performance skills, their education is undertaken at the Flying Frit Fly School in Wodonga.
For the students it will be their first foray into appearing for a paying audience, and the experience is an important one in their development as performers.
Watching them rehearse is a delight: they are joyful and huge grins appear as they further master their skills for the show that is sure to inspire.
It’s a great opportunity to support an organisation that truly is a jewel in the Australian performance industry crown.
‘Superheroes’ plays at the Flying Fruit Fly space, 605 Hovell Street, South Albury today at 5.30pm and tomorrow, Friday 1 July at 7pm. Bookings through Albury Entertainment Centre http://t.co/zXtniA1
Adults $17.50 Children 3-14yrs $12.50