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Overall rating: ★★★1/2 Date attended: 23/02/2019
360 ALLSTARS is a show that is packed with a fantastic selection of entertaining acts, which provided for a spectacle of a show and won the hearts of adults and children alike.
There didn't seem to be much of a connection between each act, but it didn't matter, because each individual act had the power to wow the audiences solo. The music demanded an energetic environment, which perfectly complemented the crazy and awesome acts that were taking place on stage.
There was a bit of breakdancing and a bit of BMX bike riding - both of which we've seen quite a bit of. It was fun to watch (what little we could), but what really got our hearts pumping were two acts in particular - the Cyr wheel spinning that was performed by a world record holder and the juggling and spinning of 5 basketballs by a freestyler, who was also seen as the funny guy of the group.
Cyr wheel spinning is something that I've only been introduced to, through a bunch of acts at this year's Adelaide Fringe. It has quite the power to grapple my attention and it leaves me speechless every single time, no matter how many people are spinning on it. There was one person spinning the Cyr wheel in 360 ALLSTARS, but the way he was manipulating the Cyr wheel left me wondering if he was, indeed, able to manipulate gravity! It was so striking to watch that you just did not want to look away.
The freestyle basketball spinning and juggling was something I had never seen prior. Watching the act unfold initially left us a bit unsure of where it was all going. But, it quickly gained momentum, as there was one basketball being spun on a finger, and then you blink and suddenly, there were three, four, and five basketballs being juggled in a manner that makes it look super easy, but undoubtedly is a real skill that very few of us would be able to perfect quite seamlessly! Try just holding five basketballs, because that alone seemed to be a skill that we could all learn to perfect over time! It was a highlight and I loved every minute of it. Coupled with a bit of playful humour, this was an enjoyable segment of the show that was a big hit with the audiences.
For some reason, however, there was 1/3 of the stage hidden behind the curtains and unfortunately for those who were seated closest to the entrance of the tent, the show was unable to be viewed as a complete picture. This thoroughly impacted our ability to be able to bask in and watch the show and consequently, enjoy the show to its fullest. There were moments that left the audience gasping, but because we couldn't watch what was going on, it became apparent very quickly that we were missing out on some epic acts. It also didn't help to have part of the tent blowing open, which acted as a big distraction and detractor away from whatever was going on, on stage.
360 ALLSTARS has the potential to provide the audiences with an hour of fantastic semi-extreme acts that can leave you speechless and wanting more. With a bit more of a structured flow between each act and making sure that the audience is able to enjoy what their title promises (a 360 or at least a 180 degree view of the show), it can become one of the most sought after shows to watch and enjoy on a balmy Saturday arvo at the Adelaide Fringe.
Pro tip: Sit as far away from the entrance as you can!
360 ALL STARS will be playing at the MOA in Gluttony, as part of Adelaide Fringe, till March 17. Book your tix here.