Fringe Review: Finale

A troupe of eight friends – musicians and acrobats alike – celebrate being together in the Australian premiere of this unpredictable circus.

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Comedy and glittering confetti abound as musos and acrobats join forces
Overall
5

Reviewed at Gluttony on 16 February 2019

Presented by ANALOG the company

The scattered props that litter the stage are the first indication of the unpredictable nature of Finale, making its Australian debut under the big tent: a pile of books sit to the side of the stage, a plush seat across from it, guitars, mirror balls and cardboard boxes galore… It’s a curious mess that’s put to good use as the show commences.

Underscored by live songs and music, the zany action blends acrobats and musicians to create an impromptu feel to the well-rehearsed shenanigans where each participants gets their own moment to shine, whether it’s the Jean Claude Van Damme inspired muscle man, or the drummer at the back of the stage.

The feats are all as good, if not better than one would expect, opening with a new twist on a balancing act and progressing to aerial hoop acrobatics, pole work, hand vaulting and a fantastic spin on the Cyr wheel.

Comedy and glittering confetti abound, as does the on-stage comradery between the cast. Founders Florian Zumkehr and his then-partner created the circus as an expression of friendship and a celebration of being together. This permeates the show – it really is like watching a bunch of mates having fun.

Performing every night except Mondays for most of the Fringe, be sure to catch this act before their own finale.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
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Venue:  The Peacock at Gluttony, Rymill Park, East Tce, Adelaide
Season:  until 17 March 2019
Duration:  1 hour
Tickets:  $30 – $48

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