The Sisters

Meet The Crackup Sisters

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G’day, our home is Winton, Outback Queensland, no 100 in the main street – you can’t miss it.

We travel the country, making people laugh and sharing the unique spirit and comedy of Outback Australia.

Each sister brings her own skills and quirks to the stage. We have all performed since we were kids, and trained around the world in the fields of stock whip cracking, knock about acrobatics, circus, aerial acrobatics, dance, hula hoop, handstands, comedy, clowning, acting and animal training.

The lines on our faces and the calluses on our hands are real – perfectly formed from hours of laughing, practicing and giving it a red-hot shot!

To ensure that we can deliver the work we want, in the places we want, we’ve done some other stuff like:

  • Doctorate in Choreography
  • Diploma in Dance and Circus
  • Diploma in Circus Arts
  • 2 x Rigging licenses
  • Forklift, high access and heavy vehicle truck licences
  • Diploma in Massage
  • Private pilot license
  • Aerobics instruction qualification
  • Stage management
  • Bush mechanic’ing
  • Building

We do all this .. so we can make SERIOUSLY funny stuff.

A history of the sisters in the words of big sister S.T.Ruth

“In 2009, B-Ute and I had our first gig at The Beaudesert Horse festival. Halfway through that first show, we had to clear out to make way for the street parade. So, with half a show under our belts, we headed to the airport and onto the next one – The Biggest Outdoor Show in the World – The Calgary Stampede in Canada.

With such huge beginnings, we were filled with desire. So, we headed home, borrowed a ute and a caravan and went down the road. We had a bag of whips, a whole lot of grit, imagination, determination, bruises, bumps, scratches, sleepless nights, dodgy costumes and fears of being thrown to the dogs. But the Australian audiences loved us just as much as we loved them.

The support from The Showmen’s Guild and long-standing Australian performing families like The Robinsons Circus, Angus and Vicky Lane, The Brophies and The Gill Brothers inspired us to keep our heads down and our whips cracking. We bought in our other sisters, Rowdy, Pickles, Pommie and Tinnie. By now, we had an ole truck, trailers, mini motorbikes, a horse, bull, cow and more props, tutus and fake eyelashes than you could poke a stick at.

B-Ute got married and knocked up somewhere in there, so Twiggs stepped in. Twiggs and I went down the road as a duo for 4 years solid. We clocked up some serious kilometres, had puppies and created some great projects for the youth of country Australia. In 2019, long lost sisters Rowdy and Pickles returned to roost, and then along came Iffy.

As Crackup Sisters, we know that the good times and the shockers are all part of  living. So we always do our squats and ab exercises, we learn about whichever environment and community we are lucky enough to be in, have as many conversations as we can and keep dreaming and creating new ways to get fun into the world.

2020 marks 11 years of The Crackup Sisters. We’re glad to have shared a laugh with so many, proud to represent our Australian performing arts and we hope to be able to be here and with you for many years to come.

S.T.Ruth.”

Get in touch with S.T.Ruth.

We hope that our shows remind people of the spirit of imagination, making stuff up and having a go.  Where you’re present with the people and the place around you and that reality is more exciting than anything on your phone.

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