Step inside The Goblin Market’s dark circus world

To celebrate their tenth birthday, New Zealand circus theatre company The Dust Palace are bringing The Goblin Market to Auckland's Herald Theatre this April.

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Celebrating ten years is a big deal, and to mark the occasion The Dust Palace are bringing their surreal, literary-inspired work The Goblin Market to Auckland’s Herald Theatre this April.

Taking inspiration from Christina Rossetti’s iconic Victorian poem of the same name, The Dust Palace have crafted the work into their most multi-genre performance yet. Through double trapeze, mask, acrobatics, experimental film, aerial work, music, and spoken word they will celebrate the female gaze in its exploration of sexuality and the power of sisterhood.

“Rossetti has written such a powerful piece of literature that the universal nature of the ideas stand-up to this day, more than 150 years after they were written. Among other issues, we are still struggling to destigmatise sexuality in young women,” Eve Gordon, performer and co-founder of The Dust Palace says.

Eve Gordon and Rochelle Mangan will play the sisters, while Jay Clement steps into the role of the goblin. 

Established by Eve Gordon and Mike Edward in 2009, The Dust Palace’s aim has remained the same throughout the last decade – creating circus theatre shows that allow them to take stories from Aotearoa around the world and to foster circus and physical performance and practitioners in Aotearoa.

The Goblin Market will come to Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland from Wednesday 3 April until Saturday 13 April. Tickets are available via