The Garden Of Unearthly Delights’ Aurora Spiegeltent, Thu Feb 19
You will be able to sit anywhere in the Spiegeltent and see everything that is happening on stage and off, as the troupe use the audience to duck and weave between scenes. Card games and bike rides are made all that more interesting by the circus and performance skills shown by all, but one of my favourite acts would have to be a very energetic tango – where he finally gets what he deserves.
I’m unable to tell you names of any of the Australian company currently touring their fourth show, Scotch and Soda as they didn’t introduce themselves, rather letting their skills and masterful showmanship speak for itself – and I’m not just talking about the circus skills! The musicians are a highlight of this show also, taking part from beginning to end and adding to the suspense and frivolity right there in the middle of it all. From solos on bass clarinets looped for effect, to seeing a valve trombone in use for the first time – these musos have it all and one in particular showed his all.
The ‘Bush Stranger’ and the strength needed to make his spot in the dingy frenetic dark look easy, is a sight to behold. Simply mesmerising. Watching a tent arrive in a suitcase and erected before your eyes is worth sitting still for as the ‘act’ with budgies is not only contained but beautifully lit.
You can’t help but enjoy the show from start to finish, but if you happen to find out where Margaret is, please be sure to let someone in charge know.
Scotch And Soda continues at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights’ Aurora Spiegeltent until Sun Mar 8.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 261 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Image courtesy of Sean Young SYC Studios