Kaput, the multi-award winning family show has melted hearts of all ages around the world with it’s glorious brand of slapstick, acrobatics and total silliness. Be swept up in the mayhem that is the larger-than-life ‘elegant buffoon’ Tom Flanagan, as one man’s life is flipped upside-down by the lonely, dust-covered world that surrounds him. This clumsy ‘Mr. Fixit’ takes one step forward and two-steps back in a highly skilled, hilariously funny and beautifully poignant bit of madness.

The show opened early 2012 to a premier sold-out season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in the Garden of Unearthly Delights, where it was nominated for Best Circus & Physical Theatre. It then went on to receive critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where the show won Mervyn Stutter’s Spirit of the Fringe Award, and was listed by the Scotsman as one of the top 5 comedy shows at the Fringe.

Since then Tom Flanagan’s silent slapstick acrobatic comedy show Kaput has toured four continents, won countless awards and collected fans from 5 to 95 years old.

“[Kaput] just reaches in and puts a string of coloured lights around your heart.” – The Scotsman

“Tom Flanagan’s silent-movie clowning in Kaput is pure delight.” – The Australian

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
C, D, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party

The show can tour with or without a live musician (piano).

KAPUT has toured to Festivals around the world. In 2018, the show is touring to both professional and community-run venues across NSW, VIC and SA. We are used to working in all sorts of venues, so please talk to us about the limitations and possibilities of your venue.

Critical Stages is one of Australia’s leading producers of touring theatre. We make outstanding theatre accessible to audiences everywhere. We have toured productions by some of Australia’s leading theatre makers to regional and remote audiences across Australia and New Zealand. The work of Critical Stages has won multiple Green Room Awards and has been nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Regional Touring production. The company has been awarded National Touring Status from Playing Australia from 2018.

Critical Stages is currently touring work by artists from across Australia including Salvador Dinosaur (Otto and Astrid, The Orchid and the Crow), The Good Room (I Want to Know What Love Is, I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You), Belloo Creative (Motherland, Hanako), Red Stitch (Jurassica, American Song), Sheridan Harbridge (Nosferatutu), Asking for Trouble (Fort, Bottle Collector), Little Red Productions (Lady Beatle) and much more. For more on our full touring menu head to: http://criticalstages.com.au/available-to-tour/

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Unique Selling Point

This is a fun, high-energy family show, that appeals to all ages. Parents will have just as much fun as their kids at this one - its a guaranteed all-round crowd-pleaser. The show is award-winning and has received an incredible critical response internationally. Its a wonderfully entertaining blend of comedy, circus and physical theatre. Tom Flanagan is an absolute master of physical comedy and slapstick and is a wonderfully charismatic performer whose antics are sure to delight.

Marketing Materials

Full marketing packs will be available to Presenters, including show trailer, marketing copy, design collateral (template posters and flyers), media release, programme, and collated reviews.

Community Engagement

Performer Tom Flanagan is highly experienced in running workshops in clowning and circus skills. He is particularly keen to run workshop with young people in your community alongside the tour. Where schedule permits, he will be pleased to undertake longer workshops and even help young aspiring clowns and circus performers in creating their own show either before or after seeing Kaput.