Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: Children are Stinky

Children are Stinky, presented by Circus Trick Tease, is a 50-minute action packed production that aims to determine whether children are stinky, lazy, un-intelligent, not creative, and so on.

4.5

Presented by Circus Trick Tease
Reviewed: 29 February 2020

Fart gags, juggling, circus acrobatics, comedy, body odour jokes…..Children Are Stinky wafted their high energy performance to an equally energetic crowd to great success. The audience, young and old, were captivated by this performance, and why wouldn’t they be? Who doesn’t love a good fart joke?!

Children are Stinky, presented by Circus Trick Tease, is a 50-minute action packed production that aims to determine whether children are stinky, lazy, un-intelligent, not creative, and so on. Throughout the performance, the two presenters, ‘Kylie’ and ‘Jason’ cleverly weave acrobatic tricks, juggling and stunts, with the assistance of some younger audience members, with a script that has young and the old laughing and applauding throughout the show. The duo work well together and bounce off each other (sometimes literally and physically!) extremely well. In order to pull a show like this off, there needs to be a good working relationship and trust with your stage partner, and these two clearly know each other well enough to often pick up each other’s sentences and ad-lib.

As the audience enters, the kids (in particular) are drawn into the show with random balloons and limbs appearing (and flying) from behind the colourful back drop. There is audience interaction galore, with kids helping to piece together the stunts (and prove whether or not kids actually are stinky, lazy, etc). At times the stunts didn’t seem to really have a relevance to the storyline, but were impressive and crowd pleasing nonetheless. The only moment in the show that seemed to lose the crowd slightly was towards the end when they took an audience member backstage to prepare them for the final stunt. This left the stage unattended for a few minutes, and the house lights came on. The crowd then took a few extra moments to re-settle before the show’s finale. My family, and those around us, found this slightly unusual for what was otherwise a tight and well-polished production.

Overall, this was an extremely slick production and well worth keeping your eyes out for further productions by Circus Trick Tease. Their ability to work an audience with such a diverse age range was excellent. I was personally exhausted by the end from the non-stop action (and from laughing at 50 minutes of fart jokes)!

Reviewed by Ben Stefanoff

Rating out of 5: 4.5

Season Ended

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