The Iron Maiden

Going it alone is never an easy feat. A fact circus performer/strong woman Hannah Cryle learns as she embarks on a neon technicolour journey of circus, lip-synching, head banging and several costume changes…alone. 
The Iron Maiden is a funny and heart-warming show that sees Hannah exploring the notion of what it takes to be strong and brave, especially for a woman. She’ll awe and delight you with her aerial chains, skipping, hula-hoops and band miming (who needs multiple people for a full band anyway?) and leave you chuckling with her quick-witted stage banter.

At the heart of this powerful show is a distinct message of empowerment. Going it alone can be tough, but Hannah shows us that we make more ground and demand more respect as an ensemble. Receiving rave reviews at both the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals and a nomination for ‘Best Circus’ in its debut season, this thought provoking and highly entertaining show is not to be missed.

Target Audience
  • General Public.

  • Young People.

  • Teens.

Staging Requirements
  • Flat and level stage appropriate for acrobatics.

  • Minimum height clearance 5m.

  • Aerial capability preferred.

Cast and Crew
  • 1 Performer

  • 1 Technician

  • Touring party of 2.


Happy Haps Productions is always interested to hear from performers and other creatives who are keen to get on board with our mission.

"The Very Circusy Caterpillar exudes energy, provides entertainment and teaches the kiddies a very valuable lesson indeed!"

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Come and experience first-hand what Hannah has been up to since you saw her last. It’s guaranteed to satisfy.

-Australian Stage

"It is creative without being painfully experimental and bursts with an infectious enthusiasm."

- The Herald Sun.

"Hannah Cryle is one impressive woman. She has gutsily broken away from her established career as an ensemble performer and created a solo show debut, The Iron Maiden. Packed with full-power rock numbers and a bunch of nifty tricks, she successfully proves she can do an ensemble show alone."

- Theatre Press

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