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An all-new jungle adventure will roar into Waratah this weekend with the return of Circus Avalon.

After a two-year absence, Circus Avalon will present Safari at 14 shows across five action-packed days.

Join Mr Safety and his sidekick Zoe as they travel through the jungle-themed big top, discovering all the curious creatures like butterflies, birds, monkeys, lions and more.

The large jungle set, which is built from waste material either brought in by the 160 members of the circus or found on the roadside, has been entered in the Lake Macquarie Waste to Art exhibition.

Circus Avalon founder John Campbell says Safari brings several new elements.

“We were very strict and used all material intercepted directly from waste,” he says.

“The soundscape or animal noises have been made by 100 or so kids from the youth circus and it’s the largest scale show we’ve had in Newcastle.

“It’s been a few months in the making; we’ve been working on developing a set of new characters for it.”

Circus Avalon is a Newcastle-based community circus.

It operates the city’s largest circus school, the Avalon Circus Academy, which trains up to 130 students per term, and presents shows under its traditional green and yellow big top.

Campbell says the circus is excited about the chance to perform again in Newcastle.

Safari will be presented at Callaghan College Waratah campus, with a free 30-minute workshop to take place after the 11am and 3pm shows.

“We have been performing in Sydney for the past couple of years and this is our first time back in Newcastle since then, so we’re looking forward to that,” he says.

“With the free workshops for kids – it’s just much more of a community thing than we’re normally able to do.”

Showtimes will be this Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October from 11am, 3pm and 7pm; Monday 7 October at 11am and 5pm; and Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October from 11am, 3pm and 7pm.

Prices are $25 for adults (ages 13+) and $15 for children (ages 3-12).

Visit circusavalon.com.au to purchase tickets.

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