[CIRCUS AND PHYSICAL THEATRE/Comedy ~ WA]
Ukiyo at Gluttony, Tue 25 Feb.
Winners of both overall and emerging artist awards of Adelaide Fringe 2019, YUCK Circus returns to this year’s Festival. The 7-strong all-female acrobatic crew hold a plethora of skills and have multitudes of experience combined; on the circus scene, in dance, gymnastics, comedy, drama, music, teaching and cabaret.
The award winning circus chicks include: director Georgia Deguara, Ella Norton, Brooke Duckworth, Abbie Madden, Karla Scott, Jessica Smart and Emily McDonagh. Plus let’s not forget their lady on the streets, bookkeeper and spreadsheet freak Samantha Martin.
This is not your average circus act, with so many quirks, these gals enter the arena with drawn on moustaches and socks in their undies, portraying the typical tough and rowdy Aussie bloke! As they dance around hollering manly chatter, winks and head nods at thrown towards audience members, representing how guys interact with girls.
In amongst switching between male and female personas throughout the production, these lass’s make light of everyday lady situations by incorporating red ribbons and making a ‘bloody’ mess with tinsel for the full affect. Why does this happen to us girls? It’s not fair!
Although even with not being the average circus act, plenty of gymnastic and acrobatic tricks are throw in. From the fairly simple handstands, to the more advanced backbends, flips from standing and handless flips. To the ‘do not do this at home’ manoeuvres, the triple person tower, acrobatic moves atop an unusual looking human pyramid, and even a two person tower with an ‘ouch’ factor!
Aerial strap spinning displays pure strength, flexibility and contortionism accompanied by a guitar and non-traditional singing. Weird animal sounds were produced instead which causes the aerialist some issues… The improv continued along with the guitar playing until the crew could no longer deal with it, so the guitar was forcibly removed. Ah, not to worry; out comes a small bag of instruments containing shaker balls, rainmaker and a small guiro frog.
Scattered within the show, the facial expressions that came with comedic, somewhat embarrassing life stories left the audience roaring with laughter, applauding tremendously and immensely enjoying every minute. Many leaving the venue with sore cheeks (face cheeks that is!).
For a show displaying amazing talent in many genres at this year’s Adelaide fringe, this is one for you!
YUCK Circus continues at Ukiyo at Gluttony from 7:20pm until Sun 8 Mar.
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