Presented by Head First Acrobats
Reviewed 21 February 2017
Hailing from all over Australia the performers of Elixir combine old school slap stick comedy with new school death defying acrobatics.You might have seen acrobatic physical theatre before but few acts can give this genre the storyline, comedy and spunk that Head First Acrobats do.
With a theatrical tale about finding a cure for a Zombie virus, the constant change from one activity to another and slight shifts in genre keeps the show engaging and prevents the audience feeling the monotony of watching one edge-of-your-seat trick after another, even though that is exactly what is happening.
Each of the talented cast adds their own unique value to the show. Cal Harris gets the audience pulses racing with more than just his handsome looks as he demonstrates some inventive ways of climbing an ordinary looking ladder. Rowan Thomas pulls some great dance moves and some incredible trapeze skills, while Thomas Gorham holds the whole thing together as the hapless and believably uncoordinated fool. Gorham’s drunken antics are the comic highlight of the show.
Opening night at the Peacock was a little clumsy with a few technical glitches which were impossible to hide but well handled by the cast. The venue also opened the house nearly half an hour late, leaving the audience to queue on a grassy hill which, as a tip for the ladies, was a very uncomfortable experience for anyone in high heels.
However none of this was enough to detract from the overall enjoyment of the night, with Elixir providing a close to perfect blend of jaw dropping acrobatics, sexy sweat dripping bodies and whole hearted belly laughs.
A must see for those who enjoy this genre.
Reviewed by Ceri Hutton
Rating out of 5: 4
Venue: The Peacock Gluttony
Season: Until March 18