Emily Gare

A well versed acrobat Emily has been doing circus for over ten years.


Originally from New Zealand she has been adopted as an Australian acrobat since moving to Melbourne in 2015.


Since starting her career she has performed with a variety of companies around the world including Circus Smirkus, Circus Oz and Gravity & Other Myths. Outside of being an acrobat Emily can be found exploring the architecture in a new city or natural wonders.


  • Director: Elena Kirschbaum

  • Producer: Highwire Entertainment

  • Choreographers: Paul Westbrook and Vanessa McGregor

  • Costume Designer: April Dawson

  • Technical Manager: Sarah Platts

  • Set Design: Hamish Fletcher

We'd like to acknowledge our original cast and co-creators of the show, as well as the creative minds who bring the magic to the stage. 

Creating cast

  • Andre Augustus

  • Annalise Moore

  • Chris Carlos

  • Issie Hart

  • Paul Westbrook

  • Tara Silcock 

Issie Hart


Issie is an internationally esteemed performer, who has sung on cliff edges, silos, mountains and in quarries.

She has worked in theatre, opera, independent film, community radio and television. She is also a freelance writer, published in New Matilda.


Issie has received numerous classical singing awards in Australia.


Scot’s Gay Magazine dubbed her the ‘Best Voice of the Edinburgh Festival’ (2010).

Paul Westbrook


Paul studied as an undergraduate in Drama at Exeter University and trained in MA Classical Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, before moving to Australia. 


He has worked as an actor and director in theatre and film with a range of companies and co-founded film production company “Mad Alice Media”.


Rouge is the perfect show for Paul to demonstrate his dancing, acting and trampolining skills. 

Lyndon Johnson


Lyndon graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) in 2018, specialising in hand-to-hand acrobatics and Cyr wheel.


He has toured nationally with Rouge, while also performing with CircaNICA.

When Lyndon isn't performing, you'll find him abroad rock climbing, slacklining, cycling or mountaineering.  Don't challenge him - he holds multiple big wall records and the Australian Slackline record for 180m.

Axl Osborne

Axl began his career in competitive sports acrobatics as both a flyer and porter, ultimately representing the USA and winning the silver medal at the World Championships in 2016.


Throughout his competitive career he also preformed on Americas Got Talent, and Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde, as well as in other live and television performances, beginning his transition into full-time performing.


Axl joined the Rouge team for Adelaide Fringe 2020, bringing his experience and passion for performing to the intimate, sexy Spiegletent stage.

Jessie Mckibbin 

Jessie has been a circus performer for more than 10 years, and graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) in 2017.


She applies her strong work ethic to all of her passions, including abseiling, painting, owning a portable performance stage, circus rigging and performing as a circus artist.


Jessie's life goal is to hone her skills,  whilst travelling the world and helping people in need.

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