Gluttony – The Peacock, Fri 24 Feb.
The lovable circus trio, Head First Acrobatics, are back at the Adelaide Fringe delighting audiences with their acrobatic spectacles, hilarious physical theatre and chiselled bodies. They all bring an essential acrobatic element to the show; Cal Harris stabilises as the hand to hand base and ladder balancer, Thomas Gorham soars as the flier, break dancer and trapeze sensation, and Rowan Thomas is a genius on the cyr wheel.
Tonight was full of gasps from the packed crowd, but also a huge amount of laughs, often due to Rowan Thomas’ superb clowning and the trio’s comfort in making complete fools of themselves for our entertainment.
The theme of the show is three scientists attempting to find the ‘Elixir of Life’ explored through self-administered experiments that allow them to then be able to perform extraordinary acrobatic tricks and break into the Michael Jackson Thriller dance. The theme is insipid and could do with some more direction, but it is accessible and sufficient to combine all the varied acts together and the sweat dripping down their sculpted bodies will drastically assist in forgetting about this completely.
Highlights tonight included, the initial hand-to-hand balancing demonstrating Harris and Gorham’s incredible strength, the frightening Washington trapeze head balancing, which had the entire crowd holding their breath and Thomas’ ability to continuously slip and fall around on stage and somehow not injure himself.
Elixir is significantly less in price than some of the circus offerings with big production values and advertising, but it is just as much fun! Their late night timeslot is no excuse to not head on down to Gluttony and check out this talented trio.
Elixir continues at Gluttony – The Peacock, at various times, until Sat 18 Mar.
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