Floral fun

Took myself off yesterday to Life’s a Circus, a piece of ‘floral theatre’ by Francine Thomas. I’d heard about these productions before but had never been able to attend one – all I can say is, my goodness!

Baycourt Theatre was pretty full and the audience lapped up the event which comprised Francine’s musings on life while creating outstanding floral art quick-snap in front of our eyes (as well as what seemed to be zillions of pre-prepared pieces). The stage slowly filled with groups or single pieces with breaks for a small story to be acted out, dancing or circus-type performance (La Dominique Zirkus, an aerial¬†hoop gymnast, and Libby Winehouse, a pole fitness exponent – and accountant!).

No photos allowed during the show, but we were welcome to take snaps after the house lights came up at the end.

Yes, that is a ‘pole dancer’ (Libby Winehouse is more of acrobat or gymnast really) who was part of the show. Looking on is one of the young dancers. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Just part of the stage at the end of the performance – the piece on the far right was hoisted up during the show to reveal the pole and performer. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Francine acknowledged her Aunty Betty, down from Whangarei for the show, who had a florist shop where Francine and her mum helped out (her mother was also in the audience). Francine’s husband Ashley makes many of her props and was a stagehand, while other assistance came from members of the Tauranga Floral Art Group. The show was filmed and DVDs may be ordered, $30 each, email Fay.

Francine was the New Zealand demonstrator at the 2014 World Association of Floral Artists in Dublin, won the 2016 Designer of the Year title from the Floral Art Society of NZ, and next year is heading to the US where she has been invited to teach and demonstrate.

Last Sunday I popped into the Tauranga Clivia Show at Te Puna Quarry Park where business was brisk as visitors were thrilled by the colours on offer from local breeders Ian Duncalf (Plant Struck) and Judy Shapland Coenen (Pixie Clivias). [Apologies to Judy, I hadn’t realised she changed her name after her marriage.]

Clivia breeder Ian Duncalf was thrilled with the show. Photo: Sandra Simpson

 

Clivia Diana, one of Ian’s breeding successes. Photo: Sandra Simpson