Delivering your possible first ever circus rock opera experience – Rock Bang by the inimitable Circus Oz is an energetic mixture of spectacle showing off extremely pliable acrobatics with one of the most solid and infamous musical duos ever created.

An original rock’n’roll extravaganza – Rock Bang – features duo Otto & Astrid from the ‘self-proclaimed’ best band in the world: Die Roten Punkte.

A hilarious show full of music and movement, this is part rock concert, part side-splitting comedy all smashed together with acrobatic punk anarchy, it is a sensory feast of heart stopping stunts, physical ridiculousness, soaring guitars, thumping drums and contagious tunes.

Circus Oz Artistic Director, Rob Tannion, says, “we are so thrilled to finally premiere this exclusive season of Rock Bang – a riotous hard-rocking Circus Oz explosion detonated by Otto & Astrid. It combines loud rock music, big speakers, unapologetic circus skills and tricks, alongside plenty of stupidity and laughter.”

Utterly dysfunctional siblings Otto & Astrid attempt to tell their fantastical life story as orphans and growing up in artist filled squats to become the darlings of Berlin’s underground rock scene.

Distracted and inspired by the extraordinary bendy feats of the Circus Oz acrobats, Otto & Astrid quickly descend into squabbling, throwing rehearsed circus routines and songs into spectacular chaos.

Circus Oz: Rock Bang! (Collaboration with Otto & Astrid)

"We’ve been waiting our whole lives to make a rock opera with our songs and Circus Oz have helped us to take this dream to a whole new level with the bendiest people in Australia!” said Otto & Astrid.

Premiering at The Coopers Malthouse this November, the exclusive Rock Bang world premiere season will have a full ensemble of 12 of Melbourne’s most multi-talented artists, musicians, designers and makers, before being adapted to a touring show for five artists.

Now in its 40th year celebration, Circus Oz is credited with revitalising a traditional artform in a uniquely Australian way, delivering a rock ‘n’ roll, all-human circus that has influenced the development of circus arts around the world since its inception in 1978. Circus Oz completed its first international tour in 1980 and has continued touring to over 100 cities and 28 countries – playing to over four million people.

See how Circus Oz: Rock Band use circus, music, comedy and opera to all merge into one spectacular show this month at the Merlyn Theatre!


Dates: 15 – 25 November 2018

Location: The Coopers Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank

Times: 8pm Wed – Fri, 3pm & 8pm Sat, 5pm Sun

Duration: 120 minutes (with 20 minute interval)

Tickets: $40 – $59 (including booking fee)

Contact: (03) 9685 5111

Malthouse Theatre Website