Adelaide Fringe

Our top circus picks for Adelaide Fringe 2024

Acrobatics, stunts, drama and daring acts at the Adelaide Fringe are a massive draw for many and it can be tough to trust recommendations. So we’ve made it easier for you.

Acrobatics, stunts, drama and daring acts at the Adelaide Fringe are a massive draw for many and it can be tough to trust recommendations, but the team at Glam Adelaide have made it easier to spot a spectacular show.

We’re getting around town and scoping out what will take the stage, so we can bring you this, our favourite circus shows of 2024.

INFAMOUS THE SHOW

Held in the custom-built Spiegel Big Top at Ellis Park (Sir Donald Bradman Drive), ‘Infamous’ promises a sultry and sensational experience, offering a fusion of circus, cabaret, and burlesque—trust us, this is not your average Fringe show.

With an 18+ rating, this adult cirque is designed to captivate and entertain. Director Michelle Jarman brings her vision to life, expressing her enthusiasm for the show’s first arts festival appearance.

The show’s combination of intimate and grand elements creates an immersive and sensual atmosphere. World-class specialty acts, including mesmerising flying trapeze artists and jaw-dropping stunts, are bound to leave audiences in awe. 

Where: Main Stage at Infamous Theatre, Ellis Park, Corner of West Terrace and Sir Donald Bradman Drive. 
When: Friday 16th February to Sunday 17th March. 
For tickets and further info, click here.

LIMBO – THE RETURN

Adelaide Fringe is set to dazzle with the return of a favourite that transcends the ordinary—Strut & Fret’s LIMBO – The Return at The Spiegeltent at The Garden of Unearthly Delights from Friday the 16th of February to Sunday the 17th of March.

This headlining spectacle of otherworldly proportions is set to make its international debut at Fringe and is sure to ignite the festival atmosphere with its unique blend of cabaret, circus, and acrobatics, accompanied by an eclectic live music score.

Where: The Spiegeltent at The Garden of Unearthly Delights.
When: Fri, 16 Feb – Sun, 17 Mar.
For tickets and further info, click here.

AFRIQUE EN CIRQUE

Get ready to be mesmerised as the Adelaide Fringe welcomes the spectacular ‘Afrique en Cirque’ in its South Australian premiere, a vibrant showcase of African culture brought to life by the acclaimed artist Yamoussa Bangoura. 

Running for the first ten days only of the Fringe, from Thursday the 15th of February to Sunday the 25th of February, this family-friendly, awe-inspiring performance, inspired by the daily life in Guinea, is set to captivate audiences at The Flamingo at Gluttony in Rymill Park.

Where: The Flamingo at Gluttony – Rymill Park. 
When: Thursday, 15th February to Sunday, 25th of February. 
For tickets and further info, click here.

YOAH

This year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival is set to host the Australian premiere of ‘YOAH’—a spectacle that promises to captivate audiences of all ages and presented by Japan’s revolutionary contemporary circus company, CIRQUEWORK.

Running from Friday, 16th February to Sunday, 10th March, the family-friendly show ‘YOAH’ offers a unique blend of traditional Japanese drums, electrifying electro sounds, and groundbreaking digital effects. This innovative production is not your standard circus show but a fusion of various art forms, creating an experience that is fresh, original, and breathtaking for audiences.

Where: The Moa at Gluttony – Rymill Park. 
When: From Friday, 16th February to Sunday, 19th March. 
For tickets and further info, click here.

APRICITY

For six exclusive performances from February 27th to March 3rd held at The Vault at Fool’s Paradise, the awe-inspiring contemporary circus show will illuminate the power of human connection in times of darkness through acrobatic marvels and tender performances.

‘Apricity’ is an artistic reflection on the essence of human comfort and solidarity, a visual and emotional rendition of the warmth felt on a cold winter’s day. Casus Creations founders Jesse Scott and Lachlan McAulay, along with Natano Fa’anana, have meticulously crafted a performance that integrates exquisite imagery, evocative music, and breathtaking circus artistry, promising an experience that’s rich in integrity and cultural diversity.

Where: The Vault at Fool’s Paradise, Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA.
When: Tue, 27 Feb – Sun, 03 Mar.
For tickets and more info, click here.

CIRCUS OF FACTS

Circus of Facts, presented by Cirqular Entertainment, is running from Saturday, 17th February to Sunday, 17th March, promising to whisk audiences away to the glamour of the 1930s every weekend of the Fringe season at The Vault at Fool’s Paradise, the vibrant precinct in the heart of Victoria Square.

This family-friendly journey, specially tailored to spark the imaginations of children and youth, features a stellar cast that includes a former Moulin Rouge dancer, an acrobat from Belarus, and an emerging star talent among its six multi-skilled circus performers.

Where: The Vault at Fool’s Paradise, Victoria Square.
When: Saturday, 17th February to Sunday, 17th March.
For tickets or further info, click here.

TEN THOUSAND HOURS

Running from the 16th to the 25th of February at The Peacock at Gluttony, this family-friendly, not-to-be-missed event promises to be a highlight of the festival and a celebration of dedication, skill, and the art of acrobatics. This show is for anyone who appreciates the art of the possible, the beauty of physical expression, and the joy of witnessing human potential being pushed to its limits. 

This new creation by the local legends, renowned for their Fringe hit ‘A Simple Space’, explores the journey of becoming a world-class acrobat. It delves into the thousands of hours of training, the sweat, and the sacrifices made in pursuit of perfection and is an ode to the devoted bodies and spirits of the performers—serving as an invitation for audiences to marvel at their hard work and mastery.

Where: The Peacock, Gluttony, Rymill Park.
When: Friday 16th to Sunday 25th of February.
For tickets and further info, click here.

ANIMAL

This year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival is set to be transformed into fantastical farmland as the globally acclaimed Cirque Alfonse from Canada presents the Australian premiere of their 5-star hit show, ‘Animal’—a unique blend of circus, music, dance, and theatre.

Headlining at The Garden of Unearthly Delights from Friday the 16th of February to Sunday the 17th of March, Cirque Alfonse, renowned for their innovative and heartwarming performances, promises a farm fantasy that captivates both young and old.

Where: The Roundhouse at The Garden of Unearthly Delights.
When: Friday 16th February to Sunday 17th March. 
For tickets and more info, click here.

#SINCE1994

Prepare to be swept off your feet by the awe-inspiring spectacle of ‘#since1994’—an all-female acrobat ensemble brought to you by the pioneering Taiwanese company Eye Catching Circus, making their Australian debut at this year’s Fringe.

Led by the visionary creator Chih-Ling MEI, family-friendly ‘#since1994’ runs from Tuesday the 5th to Sunday the 17th of March at The Bunker at Fool’s Paradise and is not only a display of acrobatic brilliance but a bold statement against the stereotypes that shackle the female body. This contemporary circus extravaganza, crafted by women for an audience of all, embarks on a daring journey to confront societal expectations and uncover the authentic self.

Where: The Bunker at Fool’s Paradise, Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA 5000.
When: Tue, 05 Mar – Sun, 17 Mar.
For tickets and further info, click here.

SPACE BETWEEN

Running from Monday, 11th to Sunday, 17th March at Ukiyo at Gluttony in its SA premiere, ‘Space Between,’ a new creation by 13 EGGS, promises to be an unforgettable experience that dives into the intricacies of young love and the trust that binds relationships.

At the heart of ‘Space Between’ is the dynamic duo of Aleshanee Kelso and Tomas Correia, whose chemistry and acrobatic prowess bring the story to life. Set in a shared house living room that harbours more than meets the eye, this show transcends the ordinary with a couch that sings and is central to the unfolding drama—complete with a door that reveals unexpected deliveries and, at times, swallows performers whole.

Where: Ukiyo at Gluttony – Rymill Park.
When: Mon, 11 Mar – Sun, 17 Mar.
For tickets and further info, click here.

For more on the 2024 Adelaide Fringe, including different genre guides, articles, reviews, news and more, click here.

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