Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: Party Ghost

Party Ghost is a celebration of the grotesque and gothic from standout circus performers

Party Ghost is a celebration of the grotesque and gothic from standout circus performers

Presented by: Double Take
Reviewed: 24 February, 2023

Party Ghost is guaranteed to be unlike any circus you have experienced in life, a tongue-in-cheek celebration of the grotesque and gothic. The creative powers behind the show must be praised, director Nicci Wilks in collaboration with performers Olivia Porter and Jarred Dewey.

Visually, Party Ghost is striking. Each new act is an exploration of the bizarre, building on a theme rather than a narrative. The show begins with a grieving figure (Dewey in a lace shroud) walking among the audience, sobbing as he shares a silver tray of cucumber sandwiches. Dewey’s cries grow louder as he throws off his robes and reveals a satin slip underneath. Eventually succumbing to grief, he uses a noose to pull himself up to the trapeze, performing a dramatic aerial routine.

Porter and Dewey perform duets dressed as a burlesque reimagining of the ghost twins from Stanley Kubrik’s The Shining. Their choreography is unique and they keep perfect time, both with each other on stage and the tech providing audio. Stand out acts include a comical dance to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebees, Porter’s frightful and inventive juggling act, and several jaw-dropping strongman routines from the duo.

Exploring the macabre while treating its audience to astounding circus routines, Party Ghost purposefully leaves you with a strange aftertaste. You will flinch, laugh, and gasp in turn. Not for the faint of heart or for those who seeking luke-warm, forgettable performances.

Reviewed by Nicola Woolford

Venue: The Factory at The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Season: Thurs 23rd February – Sun 5th March
Duration: 50 minutes
Tickets: $25.00 – $30.00

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