Free Theater in Sydney

The street-theater scene in Sydney is prominent, especially around the high-traffic tourist areas like Darling Harbour and Circular Quay.

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Most of the performers are men showcasing their dance tricks and practiced stunts.  All, if not most times, these shows come with a bit of slapstick to keep the audience of young and old entertained and content. If you take a day to wander the city you’ll start to recognize the performers and their different routines. I’ve seen a man from New Zealand tie himself up in chains and maneuver out of it, an Italian balance on a bike suspended 10-feet in the air while juggling swords and a fellow Canuck and break-dancer steal the crowd. Depending on my schedule I’ll pop a seat right in front to witness the action.

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Today by far was the best performance I’d seen. An Aussie native from Melbourne balanced—on his stomach—on a bed of nails while juggling lit torches. But it wasn’t the stunt that was most impressive. His jokes were HILARIOUS. I even chuckled when he poked fun at Canadians. He also kept his show short and sweet. Some performers will yap away for 20 minutes without performing squat.

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If you pass by and happen to like a certain performance and can afford it, do toss the performer a few coins or whatever you deem worthy. They make a living solely on charisma, creativity and brave brass balls! Just don’t believe them when they tell you they’re allergic to silver. 🙂

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