South Australian company Gravity and Other Myths is back to amaze, awe and entertain audiences with their award-winning show A Simple Space.
Nestled in the red and yellow tent of the Panama Club in Victoria Square’s Royal Croquet Club is a simple stage, but what lies ahead in the next 50 minutes is wondrous.
Seven acrobats and a percussionist wow the audience with their athletic strength and acrobatic feats. Entering the stage with skipping-ropes in hand they start with a game of strip-jump rope, much to the various squeals of delight. From here the audience is taken on an entertaining and engaging acrobatic ride.
With minimal props and a great use of lighting and percussion, the artists show how much can be done through physical strength alone; perhaps the essence of their show. One amazing sequence sees three artists all connected as they roll across the stage, using each other as support; another sees a girl hoisted into the air on a bar that is being held by three-people standing one on top of each other. Props also to one acrobat who solved a Rubiks Cube while balancing upside-down on a piece of wood.
While there were a few opening night nerves on display, with some acts not going as planned, the audience was right behind them clapping them on with encouragement. There is a clear, tight-knit chemistry between the crew who are able to have a laugh at each other’s expense and slap each other on the back for support.
The audience get to be part of the show towards the end. (Warning: it involves play-pit balls!) . Make sure you get there early to grab a good seat though; otherwise, you will have to tough it out on the wooden bleachers. Thankfully though, the show is too engrossing to notice the discomfort.
A Simple Space is a thoroughly entertaining circus-show that will have you on the edge of your seat and leave you amazed at the strength and possibilities of the human body.
Reviewed by Isabella Pittaway
Venue: Royal Croquet Club Tarntanyangga/Victoria Square, Adelaide
Season: 15 February – 9 March 2014
Duration: 50 minutes
Tickets: $25.00 – $30.00
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or phone 1300 621 255