Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: Arcadia

A communal journey expressed through dance and song, aerial acrobatics and music, with a psychedelic soundtrack at its heart.

No gasping. No gagging. No tension. No jokes. In fact, it’s nothing but a good time.

Presented by Cocktail Creative
Reviewed 24 February 2022

Beyond Thunderdome there’s a party going on at Arcadia and, while Tina Turner wasn’t invited, there is a mix of INXS, The Eurythmics and Deee-Lite.

The best thing about this all-dancing cabaret is its lack of wow factor, leaving just pure, unadulterated fun to be had, even while managing to sneak in a bunch of surprises along the way.

The talented six-member cast cruise through an energetic hour of big smiles and fun, fun, fun, with choreographer Maddie being primarily responsible for all the grooving in the heart of this show.

On stage, there’s the rare sight of a singing, dancing bodybuilder, and the glee of tap dancing perms in fishnets, fur vests, sequined bikinis and showgirl feathers. In the midst of it all there’s some aerial work and a glitter guitar, as if there wasn’t enough sparkle already.

From a touch of 70s psychedelia to some 80s nostalgia and onwards, Arcadia is one of those rare delights that just let you sit back and soak up the infectious happiness that emanates from the stage. The dancing is executed beautifully, and the selection of songs is nicely chosen, topped off with an oddball mix of good costumes.

No gasping. No gagging. No tension. No jokes. In fact, it’s nothing but a good time.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Twitter: @StrtegicRetweet

Venue: The Octagon, Gluttony, East Tce, Adelaide
Season: until 20 March 2022
Duration: 1 hour
Tickets: $34-$45

Rating out of 5: 3.5

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