The Last Letter
The Last Letter is a circus show and all round community engaged arts experience exploring the dying art of letter writing. The Last Letter brings this precious, powerful, communicative art form back to life utilising expressive, exciting and daring circus acts with a touch of old world class. The Last Letter offers audiences a chance to see their stories told on stage with an acrobatic and physical twist, opening up the opportunity for the unheard to be heard.
Meet the cast...
Kate Nelson- Founder, Director, Performer, Costume
Growing up in a sporty family alongside her basket-baller brother Kate thought this to be her future, however the saturation of basketball 24/7 made her run in the opposite direction, immersing herself in dance, aerobic gymnastics and visual arts. Kate discovered circus as a teenager and thrived on the opportunity it presented to combine her physical training and creativity. Kate went on to study a Bachelor of Circus Arts at the National Institute of Circus Arts Australia (NICA) where she graduated in 2013 emerging as a specialist artist in aerial rope, aerial silks and German wheel. Since then Kate has performed both nationally and internationally with performance credits such as P&O cruises, Impact Artists (UK), Weber Bros Circus (NZ) Southern Beat Productions, and CIRCA NICA. Closer to home Kate founded Calligraphy Circus in 2017, a Melbourne based performance company presenting corporate acts and full length shows with a vintage flare. Alongside performing, Kate also has a strong interest in other creative arts. Kate is a self-taught seamstress, designing and constructing circus specific costumes.
Hannah Trott- Performer, Choreographer, Rigger
Originally from the UK, Hannah spent her childhood dancing, singing and acting before heading to London at the age of seventeen to complete a three year Diploma of Musical Theatre at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts. From 2006-08, Hannah worked as a dancer in the show One Man’s Dream II at Tokyo Disneyland, performing a variety of roles. Upon her return to England, Hannah became increasingly interested in aerial arts, and in 2010 made the move to Australia to train at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne. She graduated with a Bachelor of Circus Arts in 2013, specializing in aerial silks and roue cyr.
Hannah has a wealth of performance experience, ranging from full-scale theatrical productions, to cabarets, community and corporate events. Aside from performing, Hannah is a qualified rigger, holding a License to Perform Rigging (Basic), and has experience in both entertainment and circus rigging.
Hannah is also a keen producer of shows and events; in 2014 she was an assistant event coordinator and curator with Highwire Events and Entertainment for “Bally on High”, a three- week mini-festival in Northcote. In 2015 she was Circus Consultant for Fashion Aid at Crown Palladium (Southern Beat Productions). Hannah has also curated cabarets for Red Bennies and St Kilda MEMO, and in 2016 co-produced her own show “Hotel Tokyo” for Adelaide Fringe.
Mark Graham- Performer
Mark Graham from Bathurst, NSW found circus at the young age of eleven. After training Gymnastics for many years he leapt at the opportunity to expand his passion for acrobatics, joining the local circus troupe was the next step. After touring with Cirkus Surreal across Australia, Canada and America he furthered his career by studying a Bachelor of Circus Arts at The National Institute of Circus Arts where he graduated as Dux in 2015. Professionally Mark has worked extensively as an ensemble member and solo artist, with roles in shows such as This Side Up, Super Troupe and Carnival Of Lost Souls along with many appearances on the corporate stage across Australia. Mark specializes in hand balance, acrobatics and aerial ring and has become known as a versatile and dynamic performer on any stage.