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THEATRE REVIEW: CIRQUE ADRENALINE

| 23 March 2016 | Reply

THEATRE REVIEW: CIRQUE ADRENALINE
Crown Theatre, Perth – Wednesday, 16 March, 2016
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Cirque Adrenaline

When you bill a show as “the most daring, death defying show on earth,” you’re going to have to pull some mighty stunts out of the bag to excite this jaded generation, and that’s just what Cirque Adrenaline does.

Featuring a couple of truly gut-churning moments, and filled out with all manner of one-slip-and-they’ll-need-an-ambulance action, there are thrills and gasps a-plenty to enjoy.

The show starts with a myriad of impressive acrobatics performances – gymnasts fly this way and that, contort through hoops suspended in mid-air, spin on ropes at butter-churning speeds, and perform near-impossible feats of balance and strength that are a whisker away from serious injury. There’s even a clown who manages to evoke plenty of loud laughs without saying a word.

A gigantic hamster wheel-like contraption prompts heart palpitations as two young lads ride it round and round, jumping ever higher and hopefully landing back on the moving beast. I wasn’t the only one forced to look away as this stunt neared its climax and even the performer in question looked relieved when it was successfully over.

Cirque Adrenaline’s set is minimalist, often padded out with extra performers as set-dressing, and this works in the shows favour: all attention is on the heart-stopping action, rather than fancy scenery. Excellent lighting and a tremendously appropriate pulsating soundtrack add to the excitement.

The second half keeps up the breakneck pace, with comedy juggling, extreme interpretative dance, a new – and dangerous – twist on fire twirling, and as if this wasn’t adrenaline enough for both audience and performers, an act involving first two, and then three motorbikes zooming around inside a far-too-small metal dome has to be seen to be believed.

The trust these thirty-or-so performers must have for each other and the equipment is staggering, and ultimate respect must go to them for what must have taken years of training and practice to perfect.

Category: Movie & Theatre Reviews

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