Adelaide Fringe Review: A Simple Space
A Simple Space

Fringe Review: A Simple Space

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.

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A Simple SpacePresented by Gravity and Other Myths and Aurora Nova Productions
Reviewed 15 February 2014

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

 

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