COVID-19 distanced approved acrobatics. Artwork by @ela_brat

Welcome to our office. Artwork by Emily Loe.

Get Well Soon?

Or don't, we understand.

This project started under the working title The Girl Who Cried Pain after its namesake journal article examining how gender stereotypes effect standards of care in pain management (ew). We've since taken on Get Well Soon ironically, holding space for people who aren't always going to get well soon.


Our work aims to disrupt stigmas surrounding chronic pain using storytelling with contemporary circus.

We want to invite our audiences further into the conversation around experiences chronic pain, so we've developed this online journal to help dive into the research and context that underpins the show.

Who are we?

Based in Naarm (Melbourne, Victoria), we are a new four-strong collective of creatives and circus artists: Samantha Martin, Evie Clayton, Jon Bonaventura, and Emily Loe.

What are we up to?

While our show development has been delayed by COVID-19, our creative research process has been supported by City of Melbourne's COVID-19 Arts Grant to be presented as an online journal (voila). Concurrently, Evie's first ever dramaturg role with us is being supported by the Midsumma Pathways program. In January 2021, we look forward to joining Anni Davey and the Flying Fruit Fly Circus to develop a new work mountable in care, respite and medical facilities, and aim to have the show on the road shortly after (allowing for COVID-19 related delays).


We give our thanks for the time, support and recognition we've received from Anni Davey and Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Brian and Circus Oz, Eilysh, Danny and the Melbourne Fringe team, City of Melbourne, Hannah and Auspicious Arts, Jo Porter, Benjamin Sheen, Leah Filley, James O'Donnell, Ellie Mills and the goodest boy Guthrie.

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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.