Presented by Royal Croquet Club, Short Round Productions and Aurora Nova
Reviewed 19 February 2017
Unlike many circus shows Filament has a sort of story to it. Eight very talented artists play the roles of adolescent youths. Each takes on a distinct character and they interact while they dance or perform amazing feats with swings, poles, hoops and other equipment. They are shy, nerds, jocks and cheerleaders and show scenes of love, innocence, camaraderie and betrayal, all while performing acrobatically.
Bertan Canbeldek demonstrates skills with small balls, controlling up to seven at one time, Tom Bell kept everyone on the edge of their seat with his Trapeze antics, Sammy Dinneen showed his incredible balance and Julian Schultz made the audience hold its breath as he walked up and slid down a pole. Not to be outdone the girls were just as good. Thula Moon Martin gave a graceful aerial display and Jess Mews was stunning with her hula hoops. Emily Nicole Tucker was flexible and graceful as was Maude Parent, who played the nerd with much hilarity.
The show was accompanied by bright lights and a sound track that echoed the mood of each piece. Impressive also was the changing of eqipment which was done swiftly and without fuss, making the whole show seamless. It was totally engaging. Put this on your ‘must see’ list.
Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Rating out of 5: 4
Venue: Panama Club at the Royal Croquet Club
Season: 19 Feb – 19 Mar
Duration: 1hr 15 mins