Late night fringe variety shows are often shrouded in an atmosphere of anticipation and Circuscision was no exception. The ushers lifted the veil on the “Black Flamingo” Fringe’s very own version of the big top and eager patrons filled the seats to this sold out session.
The ringmaster enters the stage with a presence and connection that the role deserves and although his humour occasionally took some time to land, his charm and ability to build a rapport with the audience soon had generous bouts of laughter flowing.
Chelsea Angel was the next performer and as a hula-artist her silver hoops were expertly handled. Her showmanship kept the audience engaged and she had an excellent, sharp timing to her choreography that served this high-energy performance very well.
You will not be able to look elsewhere when two of the Head First Acrobats (Cal Harris and Thomas Gorham) perform a tribute to Game of Thrones, featuring Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen displaying brilliant feats of strength through acrobatics.
The interaction between the two men is certainly a sight to behold and the beautiful part of this performance is that you can see the artists are having as much fun as the audience.
To balance out all of the circus shenanigans, Marcel Lucont graces the stage with his wry French humour and a glass of Bordeaux in hand. His poise, control and cynicism are an amusing contrast to the rest of the show.
The transitions between acts could use some improvement, but the charm of the ringmaster and the relaxed environment makes this easy to overlook.
On this particular evening, magician Dom Chambers baffled the audience with his skills as an illusionist. Sam Smith also delivered a contortion act that had the right mix of disturbing and sheer talent.
The final act was delivered by Rowan Thomas on the cyr wheel (a huge metal hoop). All eyes were on Thomas as he maneuvered such a large item whilst at the same time performing a striptease.
The audience cheered him on and the music suggested he could leave his hat on… whether or not he does is the question.
Circuscision is a fun and enjoyable show with a kaleidoscope of outstanding performers, see it in the Woodside Pleasure Garden before it sells out.