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Hard Sell (SOLD OUT)

Hard Sell (SOLD OUT)

A Circus Variety Showcase
18 - 21 September 2019

Set in a high-class auction room under the unpredictable gavel of subversive MC Mitch Jones (Australia’s Got Talent 2019, Autocannibal), Hard Sell sees 17 artists transform the stage into a bidding war for Australia’s newest, elite circus talent.

Life imitates art - from the comedic to the dramatic - in a variety line-up including trapeze, roue Cyr, tightwire, handstands, acrobatics and more amazing physical skills. 

Circus industry attends NICA’s third year student showcase to scout talent for national and international touring, so the stakes are high and sales may be made.

Spectacular, creative, and dazzling, secure your tickets before you can say “going, going, gone”.

- When it comes to art, it’s important not to hide the madness. (Atticus)

NICA is Australia’s Centre of Excellence for training in contemporary circus arts. It is one of eight national arts training institutes and offers Australia’s only Bachelor of Circus Arts. Graduates of NICA have gone on to pursue exciting careers both locally and internationally and have contributed to the development of Melbourne’s vibrant circus arts industry.

TimeS And duration

Preview Tuesday 17 September 7.30pm
Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 September 7.30pm
Saturday 21 September 2pm Matinee

Duration: 2 hours (including 30 minute intermission)


Adult $30
Concession $23
Family (2 adults 2 children) $85
Family (2 adults 3 children) $99.50
Group (Min. 10 people) $25 per person
Preview (18 June) $16

*All tickets General Admission

*Children refers to U16


NICA National Circus Centre,
39-59 Green Street, Prahran, VIC 


Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Recommended). Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Most Suitable For: Ages 12+
Content Warnings: Mild coarse language. 
Please be aware that a fog machine and some loose powder will be used on stage. 


  • Entry on street level - entire space including entrance points, is wheelchair accessible
  • The only stairs in the building is the tiered seating in the theatre. If you are using a wheelchair, a front row seat on ground level will be arranged - please let us know at the time of booking
  • Inside the theatre, there will be a stage to the left and a seating bank to the right
  • Outdoor space available to audience members near the entry of the venue
  • Hard, non-carpeted flooring throughout
  • This space can be quite loud and crowded
  • Support animals will be allowed
  • Free drinking water provided
  • Carers and support people can attend the show for free, please contact us to arrange

Accessibility toilet:

  • Handrails, hand basin with accessible tap handle, hand dryer at appropriate height for wheelchair use & angled mirror
  • Dimensions 2.3 m x 1.9 m
  • Entrance door width 850 mm, accessibility toilet corridor width 1.6 m, corridor entrance 1 m (no door)
  • Distance from corridor entrance to toilet door 1.5 m, from toilet corridor to theatre main entrance is 17 m
  • Entry to the bathroom requires no key
  • There are handles and latches on the bathroom doors

Contact Details

Alternatively, get in touch with us via:
Telephone (+613) 9214 6975
Fax (+613) 9214 6574


Please note there is a lack of on street car parking availability around NICA. Roads surrounding NICA have limited street parking.
Stonnington Council operates a number of outdoor car parks that are a short walk from NICA. These include:
- Windsor Station Carpark, 28 Chapel Street - ticketing paid parking, Monday - Sunday all day
- James Street Carpark, 8 Lincoln Place - free 2 hour parking, Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm
Check Melways Maps and Google Maps for locations.


From Flinders Street Station take the Sandringham Line train to Windsor or Prahran Stations. The Number 6 Glen Iris Tram runs along Swanston Street. The closest stop is on the corner of High and Chapel Streets.
Trams operate from 5.30am to 12.00pm midnight and with extended services available on Friday and Saturday nights. Visit for timetable information.