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Jul 31

Crewing services

By Frank Minniti | Uncategorized

Stage Crew for your next production

Whether it is a day set up and you need a spare set of technical hands, or a tour that is interstate and need a team of operators and stage crew, talk to us.

stage crew in background with lanterns in foreground
What we offer

After Dark Theatre has a database of technicians and stage crew personnel for any theatrical job. If you need a stage manager calling your event, or a lighting operator, then look no further. Within our skills network, we have adept lighting, sound, stage management, audio visual, wardrobe, make-up and general crew.


I have a venue and want a long term solution

After Dark Theatre provides crew to a number of theatres and institutions in Victoria and South Australia. We can offer you a highly trained individual as well as consultation and equipment services to make your venue run smoothly. For a long term, no lock in contract crew solution, please get in contact today to see how we can take the stress out of your crewing roster. Contact us

a venue utilising our stage crew

I have a festival site and want stage crew.

After Dark is able to help. We have had vast experience with major art and live music festivals. Included in our portfolio are:

  • Melbourne Fringe Festival 
  • Adelaide Fringe Festival
  • Provocare Festival 
  • Reklinghausen Fringe Festival
  • Edinburgh Fringe festival
  • Hawkers Bizarre at Southbank
  •  Tasmanian Circus Festival
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

We can aid in the initial preparation phase, organising crewing and managing your roster so you do not need to worry about crew penalties and personnel again.

Jul 27

Lighting & Sound Hire

By Frank Minniti | Uncategorized

Lighting & Sound Hire

Lighting equipment hire for theatrical productions and corporate events. Also available for long term hires for clubs, bars, venues and community spaces.

our lighting fixtures in a club

We have a large range of lighting fixtures available for hire. We offer solutions for one day events, theatrical seasons, festival events and long term semi- permanent installation. Our team maintains and services our gear regularly, so you don't have to worry about gear failing on a gig.

We also offer a range of atmospheric fixtures, including haze, smoke and special FX fixtures.

No job is too big or too small, After Dark Theatre has the right fixture for you. Please contact us to enquire about our gear list.

lighting fixtures in a theatre

Are you another lighting hire company? We offer White-Labelling solutions for you.

If you are a small hire company or a large company that needs those few extra fixtures, then sub-hire from us. We offer fully serviced fixtures and no label road cases  so you can white-label our gear as your gear. We have a range of products from leading and reputable lighting companies such as Martin, Robe, Jands and LSC.

Contact us to find out how we can help your business grow.

lights in a warehouse

Jun 20

Ground to Air Acrobatics

By Frank Minniti | Uncategorized

A unique Ground to Air Act for your next Event, Production or Function

Ground to Air acts are performances or acrobatics that usually involve either a solo artist launching a prop into the air or a group of artists throwing another performer into the air. These acts are similar to ground acts but may require rigging, a higher roof height or larger space to perform in. These acts are true show stoppers and work as a climax to your event before you open the dance floor or start your charity auction.

artists collage of types of ground to air acrobatics

Ground to air acrobatics and how to use them?

These kind of acts include Chinese Pole, Foot Juggling, Icarian Games, Russian Bar, Trio Acrobatics, Toss the Girl and Teeterboard.

These artists can be your major number, your show-stopper or the act before your major reveal. Due to the high number of artists that are normally required for these numbers, you can potentially package these types of acts with other ground acts, aerials or roving entertainment.

ground to air acrobatic act know as teeterboard
Requirements for ground to air acrobatics

Some ground to air acts require a heavy amount of planning, others do not. Things to consider when booking any ground to air act are:

  • Is there substantial height in my venue?
  • What is the stage width and length?
  • Does my venue have the appropriate rigging requirements for this act? (Certain acts only)

Try to get as much of the above information as possible so we can see how possible it is to supply these types of acts to you. If you prefer, you can put us in contact with your venue or theatre and we can do all the work for you.


If you are interested in having some of our circus and variety artists at your next event or function, or want to talk to one of our event specialists, contact us to get a quote.


Jun 20

Aerial Acts

By Frank Minniti | Uncategorized

An aerialist for your next event, production or function.

From a flying trapeze, to a sultry aerial hoop act. Aerial acts are performances where the artist is suspended above the stage or your audience. These types of acts usually require rigging and a qualified rigger to perform the act. This style of performance will add a whole new dimension and unique touch to your or event. 

aerial strap artists flying across the stage

Types of aerial acts and when to use them.

These kind of acts include Aerial Silks, Rope Acts, Trapeze, Aerial Hoop or Lyra, swinging pole, Cloud swing, Tightwire and Spanish Web.

These artists are suited to be the big moment for your event as featured entertainment. We have also recently created a new category of aerial roving entertainment, as a creative way to have 'eye-candy' in the room; artists sitting on trapeze or an aerialist pouring champagne for your patrons while suspended in the air from the air.

collage of artists, a rope artist, a trapeze chandelier and an aerial silks artists

If you are interested in having some of our circus and variety artists at your next event or function, or want to talk to one of our event specialists, contact us to get a quote


Swinging trapeze, flying trapeze, static trapeze, single point... is it all the same and can it go into my venue?

This is where a few people can get mixed up with rigging requirements. Some versions of the same act may require stronger rigging loads than others. Some acts require a safe working point load of 500kg, where some may require an entire rig set up and multiple points of rigging to hold up the artist and apparatus. This is something that we can talk to you about with our rigging partners to see if these acts are able to be performed in your venue. if not, consider looking at our high impact Ground acts or Ground to Air act for that wow factor to your event.


Jun 18

Ground Acts

By Frank Minniti | Uncategorized

Ground Circus acts for your next Event, Production or Function

Ground acts are usually low requirement circus acts that are based on the floor. Only needing a small amount of space, these acts can be a great way to add a little Carnivale flair to your event. They are easily adaptable to cater for any function or event. A ground act can vary in size; from a simple juggler meeting and greeting your patrons, to acrobats and a German wheel on a 10 x 10 metre stage.

Circus Performer spinning bowls of water

What to use ground based circus acts for?

These kind of circus acts include Hula Hoop artists, Jugglers, Magicians, Uni-cyclists, Acrobats, Fire Twirlers, Handstand artists, Dancers, Comedians and Side-Show Artists.

These artists are suited to be utilised as featured entertainment to make your event unique, or as roving entertainment to introduce and entertain your patrons during your event. Generally, a ground based circus act that is high impact like acrobatics, contortion or hula hoops usually lasts between 4-6 minutes. Low impact acts such fire twirling or a comedian may last a little longer, As a general rule though, most acts won't last longer than 10 minutes unless the artists tailor make a customised performance or show for you. If you are looking for a 10-25 minute segment of entertainment to fit in-between formalities, contact us and we can customise an option to suit you and your budget.


Roving entertainment

Roving entertainment involves an artists interacting and performing to small groups of patrons, usually during the opening of your event, or as light entertainment in breaks of formalities. These are not full acts, more like walk-by entertainment where the artists 'roam' or 'rove' around the room. in most cases, this is an add-on form of entertainment that would compliment a featured stage act or to help immerse your patrons into your theme and world.

Roving artists are usually booked for an hour interval, broken down as either 3 x 10 minute, 2 x 20 minute slots or 1 x 45 minute slots within the hour. You can book most roving artists for greater than an hour and a maximum of 3 hours.

Circus artist on stage with hula hoops

If you are interested in having some of our circus and variety artists at your next event or function, or want to talk to one of our event specialists, contact us to get a quote.