Soak up the sun during the day and head lakeside at HOTA for an epic line-up of ice cream and desserts with world-class circus, splash play, live music, and even a mermaid or two. BYO floaties and sunscreen and enjoy those summer feels.
We’re diving in with some of Australia’s best Circus companies premiering new works specially created for outdoor and pop-up spaces. Watch as Company 2 string up a tight-rope over the water; see Circa dazzle the crowds with their spectacle that is Collider; marvel as Flipside Circus bring the Summer Play Factor to wow the kids; and delight as Hoopla Clique mix food and circus.
And for those seeking summer fun with a bit of sizzle, you’ll want to join us as the sun sets for Club SCOOP! – an evening program of zany sideshows, cocktails and craft beers, where the naughty side of circus and cocktails collide, featuring performances from Thicc Shake Crew, The Space Cowboy, and other special guests.
With a giant Ferris Wheel and the Surfers Paradise Skyline as the biggest and best backdrop, day or night, SCOOP! is the answer to your summertime cravings.
What’s on at SCOOP!
THE ULTIMATE ICE CREAM EXPERIENCE: ADULTS ONLY
Why should kids have all the fun? Strictly adults only, this year at SCOOP! we’re offering the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience – access to SCOOP! and a 5-course chef’s selection of sweet and savoury ice cream inspired degustation, paired with a selection of boozy beverages, in an absolute culinary delight. Available in sessions 2 and 3.
THE WIRED MOON AND THE ICE CREAM FLOOR
Perched on bicycles, with tightwires strung over water, while balancing on precarious objects, these playful characters bound about continuously charming audiences with acrobatic feats, mesmerizing live music and perhaps (if you are lucky enough to catch it)… the return of the moon to its rightful place. Performing daily in all sessions.
SUMMER PLAY FACTOR (SPF)
Enjoy a buoyant, fun-filled show that combines amazing circus skills and infectious energy celebrating all the great Australian summer traditions that we know and love. Hurling water pistols, pool noodles, ice cream juggling routines, inflatables and sharks – it’s a colourful summer smoothie of circus fun. Performing daily in sessions 1 and 2.
GOLD COAST MERMAIDS
Keep an eye out on the lake during the day at SCOOP! A splash of mermaids may appear in the water at any moment. Beautiful sirens of the sea are ready to captivate with their incredible synchronised swimming performances – not a flashmob, it’s a splashmob! Performing daily in sessions 1 and 2.
THE SECRET INGREDIENT
A perfectionist chef selects ingredients whilst the kitchenhand battles a clever little mouse as he struggles to keep the kitchen “squeaky” clean. A circus-comedy smorgasbord for all ages starring slapstick clowns destined to wreak havoc as they invoke a souffle of uproarious laughter. Performing daily in sessions 1 and 2.
The Space Cowboy & Co.
Sparks will fly and your heart may explode during this jaw-dropping performance, with an incredible cast of dazzling daredevils performing dangerous acts of the unimaginable. Featuring The Space Cowboy, The Pain Proof Pin Up, The Sizzling Siren of Sideshow and The Acrobatic Archer. Performing at Club SCOOP! – evening sessions only.
THICC SHAKE CREW AT SCOOP! SALOON
Hosted by drag glam squad the Thicc Shake Crew with special guests, the SCOOP! Saloon at night is an exhilarating feast for the senses, dripping with danger and best served with wine. Settle in from 8pm or stop by when you’ve had your fill of decadent desserts and ice cream delights. Performing at Club SCOOP! – evening sessions only.
For those seeking summer fun with a bit of sizzle, you’ll want to join us as the sun sets for Club SCOOP! – an evening program of zany sideshows, cocktails and craft beers, where the naughty side of circus and cocktails collide. As the carnival lights come to life on on Fri 16 and Sat 17 Jan, from 6-9.30pm, keep an eye out for delicious treats, surprising performances, and plenty of cheeky fun.
Keeping you safe
It is incredibly important to us that you have a safe experience when you come to HOTA. We have a COVID Safe plan and there are some new conditions of entry which you should read before purchasing a ticket or attending an event at HOTA.
All events are set up to ensure we meet all social distancing and hygiene guidelines. All you have to do is enjoy yourself.
SCOOP! is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.