About Us

A little bit about how After Dark Theatre got started.

After Dark Theatre has been creating and designing circus shows since its inception in 2007. We started off as a producer, an MC and handful of circus artists operating out of Melbourne, Australia. After Dark has grown to over 100 highly skilled circus, sideshow and variety artists, team of designers and producers. Our network expands worldwide to major circus companies such as Cirque Du Soleil, Circus Oz and countless European circus' across the world.

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Some history...

Having humble beginnings in 2007 as a black-light theatre company, After Dark Theatre created its Debut Circus show ‘Runtime Error’. This was, at the time a ground-breaking performance, fusing black light illusion techniques with physical theatre and circus. 2009 After Dark produced the production of ‘Limbo – requiem’. This was an inter-art circus piece utilising puppetry and an advanced lighting design.

In 2008, After Dark Theatre began creating bespoke event entertainment, for a range of high-end clients in Melbourne. After Dark's artists and designers have been wowing audiences at private functions and public events worldwide. Our list of clients include, but are not limited to: Crown Entertainment Complex, Marriner Group, Circus Bar, Plaza Ballroom, NICA, Forum Melbourne, Sudden Impact Entertainment, Disney, Vogue Entertainment, Universal Studios and many more.

After Dark are circus producing veterans, having created and/or designed a number of award winning shows and performances. Including in our portfolio: BARBAROI, PDC Rock!, They Say She’s Different, Trash Test Dummies, Pappilion, We Should Quit, Element of Consequence, Rouge, Sediment, Last King of Vaudeville and SOCIETY.

Some accolades...

After Dark add their unique touch in design, lighting and atmosphere creation, to finely compliment the artists’ or client's vision. Our productions have won a string of fringe awards, being nominated for numerous green room awards. Our highlights include winning ‘Best Venue’ for the design of the Butterfly Club in 2012. In 2016, After Dark won the award for Innovation in Contemporary Circus with their co-production of Company 2's 'Sediment'.

In 2014 After Dark was invited to be technical co-ordinators for ‘Gluttony,’ an outdoor art focused garden for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Adelaide Fringe is the second largest Fringe festival in the world, selling close to 500,000 tickets, with Gluttony as the centrepiece of the Festival's outdoor program. After Dark successfully designed, staffed and operated 4 weeks of multiple productions.  They have returned annually to the role, managing over 10 venues, 2 acres of outdoor parkland and in excess of 70 productions.

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After Dark Theatre strives to make every show unique, whether it is an in-house development, an external production as consultants or as staff members in other production houses. Members of After Dark Theatre have now spread over Australia, the South Pacific, Asia, North America and Europe. Our company also has now expanded into Lighting Hire, production teams and niche Corporate alternative entertainment including Candy Buffets.