Presented by YUCK Circus
Reviewed 25th February 2020
YUCK Circus is a seven woman troop of acrobatic performers from Western Australia bringing another round of their award winning show to the Adelaide 2020 Fringe Festival.
The show stripped away some of the purist elements of circus to then use the technical bones of the performance style to craft a fine feminist tale. The seven performers Georgia Deguara, Ella Norton, Brooke Duckworth, Abbie Madden, Karla Scott, Jessica Smart, and Emily McDonagh each bring their own skills and background from physical theatre, circus and dance to the production.
The production opened with an amusingly overblown blokey performance. Over the top grunting and excessively emphasised bulges immediately highlight the style of physical theatre that was about to commence.
Physical movements and neatly timed comedic lines provided contrast and narrative to the overall show. This included, the moment a mention of menstruation entered the stage the exaggerated manliness from the performers fell apart while their comedic timing injected the commentary through sexist throwaway lines.
It was an insightful use of energetic physical performance to critique casualised sexism found within contemporary life. It wonderfully parodied masculinity and hyper-masculinised social attitudes that are, in the wider society, at times treated as mundane.
There were still the acrobatics, choreography and even aerial silk work timed to deliberately and humorously terrible acoustic music that poked fun at even the performers’ field of work.
The unique style of the circus troupe blended in lampooning and caricature in with the traditional styles of physical theatre and circus was a joy to watch. The tight 50 minute production was high-paced while still providing space for the performers to show off their individual skills.
It is a highly recommendable, well-rounded and hilarious circus, physical theatre show. YUCK Circus is on show at Gluttony for a couple weeks as part of the Fringe.
Reviewed by Alex Dunkin
Rating out of 5: 5
Venue: Ukiyo, Gluttony, Adelaide
Season: 25th February – 8th March 2020
Duration: 50 mins