Fringefeed | 19 Jan 2020

A Simple Space

A Simple Space perfectly describes the stage when you enter The West Australian Spiegeltent at the heart of The Woodside Pleasure Garden, but what the cast from Gravity & Other Myths create on that stage in the next 60 minutes is anything but simple.

From the moment the performers enter the space there is a sense that this is not a familiar circus format. The opening sets the tone for the whole performance as the acrobats dart, dive, and weave erratically performing death defying stunts while simultaneously joking and playing with each other.

While spectators laugh, clap, and gasp it feels like the performers are unafraid of the risk, though it’s clear that as they strive for higher heights things can, and must, go wrong. The craft is in controlling who crashes and when.

These seven acrobats (and accompanying percussionist) make up one tightly tuned ensemble that push their bodies, and audience expectations, to the limit. Rather than sterilised and seamless this bare bones show is full of light, laughter, comradery, and exceptional stunts.

It’s hard to pick stand outs from such a highly skilled group but the graceful elegance of hand balancer Annalise Moore and the impressive punch of Josh Strachan emphasised the skill of everyone on stage.

Watching these bodies chase, leap, flip, and fly it’s not only the performers who soar to unexpected heights.

A Simple Space shatters limits and fills the big top with joy.

About the Author

Michael Nield

Michael Nield is captivated by theatre, circus, and dance. Having studied contemporary performance in Perth and New York, he is dedicated to exploring new stories and storytelling forms. Michael is excited to be joining FRINGE WORLD to share unexpected and exceptional shows with the people of Perth.

Ticket Price 38 - $42

End Date 16 Feb 2020

  • Ticket Price 38 - $42
  • End Date 16 Feb 2020
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Attended the show with my other half and my grandson. My grandson sat jaw open the whole show and was impressed when he got to take to the stage and be part of the show ! We loved it ! Destination Perth

Reviewed by Tracey Cinavas-Prosser 2020
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Amazing joy-filled performance! Impossible to not enjoy and appreciate the strength, skill, humour, enthusiasm and cheekiness of the team. Hope they're back next year.

Reviewed by Sally 2020