The Octagon at Gluttony, Thu 1 Mar.
[CIRCUS AND PHYSICAL THATRE/COMEDY – NSW/VIC/WA]
Head First Acrobats have hit the nail on the head with Elixir. It is a world-class acrobatic display packed with humour, irreverence and lots of cheek (both the funny ha-ha kind and the butt kind). But, the icing on the cake and what makes this act truly interesting, entertaining and a cut above other circus performances is the element of story.
From the opening scene to the closing moments, every aspect of the performance is scripted to follow the narrative of scientists attempting to find the elixir of life. They mix and drink potions and test out their efficacy. As the potions take effect, the tricks get crazier and crazier, until sheer madness takes over and chaos ensues. Instead of finding the elixir of life, they create zombie mayhem.
Each moment is infused with fun, sexiness and truly mind-boggling skill. The music, lighting and effects perfectly support the performance – and this is a performance. It’s not just hot guys in leopard-print jocks flexing their impressive muscles (although, it is that too!). Cal, Thomas and Rowan pull the show together with true comedic timing and a capacity to hold the audience in the palm of their sweaty hands.
It’s extraordinarily masculine but playfully and delightfully ambivalent about that masculinity. The clowning uses such acrobatic skill that it doesn’t feel like the break where the real performers catch their breath (as it often does in other shows). Each element is integrated into the story and carries its own weight. In other words, all killer, no filler.
If you have been looking for a Fringe circus that adds something extra, Elixir fits the bill. With 5 star ratings and sold out shows in the UK, Elixir is bound to be one of the hits of 2018 Adelaide Fringe.
Elixir continues at The Octagon at Gluttony, at various times, until Sun 18 Mar.
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