FRINGE 2018 – CIRCUS – By A Thread – Gluttony – 4K

By Peter Maddern

In a crowded field of circus acts at this year’s Fringe, Melbourne’s One Fell Swoop Circus present a program dedicated to feats with a rope. Seven acrobats take their turns scaling and wrapping around them a 30 metre white rope, strung between two ceiling pulleys, to express their art. The cleverness lies not only in their grace and strength but in the interrelationship and trust required between the members of the team and the physics of their rig to deliver their stunts.

While the show lacks a narrative of any sort, by the end the troupe has its audience in awe and appreciation as the finale is preceded by great showmanship.

At 10.20pm, the show is a bit of a misfit, especially in the big Peacock tent in Gluttony but there are earlier shows this long weekend and then at the end of next week. Target those for a genuine alternative in the near ubiquitous circus offerings this year.

Kryztoff Rating  4K

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