Waiting Room Seats

An indie arts initiative using circus and creativity to support the chronic pain and illness communities.

This online journal is presented by the artists of Get Well Soon, a new contemporary circus show that explores experiences of chronic pain and illness: the good, the bad, and the earnestly gory.

This initiative aims to champion awareness, education and empathy for the experiences of the chronic pain and illness communities. We are led by creatives with lived experiences of chronic pain, illness and disability.


By curating our creative reflections, educational resources and platforming other artistic works, we hope to connect with audiences in meaningful ways both on and off the stage. We invite you to use this online journal as a tool to help interpret and unpack the ideas we explore in contemporary circus, and get thinking about ways to engage with and support your friends and loved ones with these experiences.

We also want to foster community by celebrating the work of other creatives who are talking, researching, creating, writing, painting, dancing, filming, knitting and making about their experiences of chronic pain, illness and navigating barriers to care (medical, social and political), too.

Above artwork by Emily Loe, the fourth artist (not pictured).

Hey, we're

Get Well Circus!

We're a collective of artists creating a new show about the experiences of chronic pain and illness. We aim to vocalise frustrations while leading with hope.

You might be wondering, hey, why there are no group photos on your website? COVID-19 sucks: we haven't been able to be in the same room together since February. 

While we haven't been able to physically develop the show together as planned, our creative research process has continued over Zoom connections. This online journal is our platform to start the conversation while we journey through an uncertain creative process.

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This project is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, and should not be relied on as health advice.

Supported by City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants:


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This project was created on the unceded lands of Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin nations. We pay our respects to the all elders past, present and emerging of the lands we create and converse on. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.