Presented by Onyx Productions
Reviewed 15 February 2020
With the Fringe festival celebrating 60 years this year there is no better time to soak up some family time with a child friendly show. Circuit is one of those shows but I am going to be honest – I have mixed feelings about this one, so I am going to outline the pros and cons so that you can decide for yourself.
The opening of the show was fantastic for any technology loving adult or child but wasn’t without its hiccups with one of the screens repeatedly malfunctioning through out the show . As each cast member entered the stage we were met with smiles and energy that had the audience excited, however there was one female cast member who looked annoyed to be there and as Mr 16 commented she looked like she hated every minute of being on stage. A DJ acts as the MC of the show and every act is set to some sic beats reminiscent of a nightclub, including the very loud component of a nightclub which some of the younger children in the crowd were noticeably affected by. My children are older and they also found it uncomfortably loud as did I.
The acts themselves were great especially the trampoline performances which really were incredibly captivating with some really fun moments thrown in. The skill level is undeniable and the format of the show flows well, with the technical aspects also very cool for children and adults.
My overall issues come from all the factors that make a show. I didn’t expect to see someone on stage looking as if I had caused them great annoyance by being there and I expect a venue technician and professional DJ to be able to identify when a sound level is such that it is causing noticeable discomfort to an audience and is way too loud for the venue size. Hopefully today’s performance was just a learning curve for the team before what will be an enjoyable season.
Reviewed by Tara Forbes-Godfrey
Rating out of 5: 3 Stars
A different take on circus skills
Venue: Gluttony- Flamingo
Season: 15th Feb-15th March
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: $24-$35 ($99 Family)