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The Peter Pan of Wollongong

Heidi “Hoops” Hillier

Heidi “Hoops” Hillier

LOCAL circus performer Heidi ‘Hoops’ Hillier doesn’t want to grown up! And why would she want to, when she can spin hula-hoops and dress up in silly costumes to make a crust? She has been entertaining the young and the young at heart for over 10 years using her talent for comedy, hula-hoops, trick ropes and a multitude of other extraordinary circus skills. She’s Wollongong’s very own, homegrown Peter Pan in cowboy boots.

Her brand new children’s theatre show Heidi Hodeo’s Circus Rodeo, developed with the support of Merrigong Theatre Company is playing at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre Wollongong during the school holidays on Friday and Saturday (July 12 and 13).

The show sees kooky cowgirl Heidi Hodeo draw on her abundant circus skills, ride her make-believe pony and spin a huge stack of 25 colourful hula hoops in an attempt to win the big circus rodeo prize. She’s got a big imagination and hopes the audience will use theirs to help her along the way. Her unconventional attempts at winning are “udderly” hilarious and getting everyone involved creates an environment of excitement and fun for all.

“The character Heidi Hodeo Rodeo was inspired by my great Uncle Claude, a hero in the tiny town of Barellan NSW,” she said.

“He passed away last year aged 91 so this show is dedicated to him. He was a rodeo rider, lasso/trick roper, water diviner, yarn spinner and great showman. He taught me ‘the ropes’, and to spin a big Texan loop like I use in the show!”

Venue: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) Burelli Street.
Performance times: Fri 12 & Sat 13 Jul 11.30am & 2pm
Prices: All tickets: $20.
Tickets: (02) 4224 5999 or visit merrigong.com.au

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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