FRINGE 2020: A Simple Space – Gluttony – 5K

Local troupe Gravity and Other Myths (GOM) are one of SA’s biggest performing arts exports, having performed this very show, A Simple Space, in over 30 countries worldwide. Bringing the production back to Adelaide Fringe in 2020, I wondered what GOM would bring to the table considering they – and A Simple Space – have been well-known in Adelaide for some time.

This is physical theatre & circus at its finest, stripped back to the essential elements and without any massively showy or over-the-top numbers. Eight people are in the show – seven physical artists and one musician, who charms the crowd whenever he’s involved – on a relatively small square stage, but they work it to perfection. With just the right amount of audience participation, A Simple Space engages the audience from the beginning – but, this is primarily due to the fact that the artists are exposed, and you feel as though you’re right there with them. You see them sweat, puff as they become out of breath, see their muscles struggle and strength waver. All this serves to do though is make them seem even more superhuman as they complete stunt after stunt, in ways that are certainly gravity-defying.

The artists seem friendly, cheeky even, and this adds an extra layer of fun to the show. You can tell these people love what they do – and it’s a joy to watch them do it. Whether you’ve seen A Simple Space before, or it’s your first time, you won’t be disappointed.

Kryztoff rating: 5K

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