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Can't Face at Adelaide Fringe 2018 - Review

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by Jemma Cross (subscribe)
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What is it you Can't Face? Find out in this unique show
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Can't Face at the Adelaide Fringe 2018 (Photo credit: Official Promo Photo from Fringe Website)


Wading through the hundreds of shows in the Fringe Guide each year, trying to decide how to spend my Mad March budget is a daunting process. I'm a sucker for comedy but there are only so many stand-up comedians you can see before they start to feel a bit same-same. So this year, I have been on the look-out for shows that combine a range of genres into one, money well spent hour of power. And oh boy, Can't Face was worth every single one of those precious Mad March dollars.

Running until the 12th March at the Spiegel Zelt at Gluttony, Can't Face is the perfect blend of comedy, circus and cabaret. Presented by the fine folks at Circus Trick Tease, this show has a little something for everyone with awe-inspiring acrobatics, hilarious physical comedy, jazzy slam poetry and naughty cabaret.

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The perfect mix of circus, comedy and cabaret (Photo Credit: Can't Face Facebook Page)


Circus artists, Malia Walsh and Vincent Van Berkel, seamlessly intertwine roof-raising stunts with a blend of innuendo and swag that had me giggling uncontrollably. Every circus needs a clown and Jamie Bretman was perfect in his delivery of comedic stunts, balloon tricks and audience engagement. The strength and physical prowess of the performers is highlighted by the intimacy of the Spiegel Zelt, as the audience gets up close and personal with every trick. If one falls, the front row is probably going to cop it sweet, which makes the stunts even more engaging.

Perfectly complementing the acrobatics are the side-splitting musical interludes by the insanely talented Carol Cates. Her stage presence is captivating as she belts out saucy cabaret tunes with lyrics that are all sorts of naughty.

The show tackles a range of social issues and taboos which many people 'can't face'. Expect heart-wrenching ballads about the inevitability of poo and death, a splatter of menstruation jokes, the right amount of full frontal nudity for a weeknight and a unique homage to Australia's favourite former fish and chip shop owner. It is everything you would expect from a Fringe show, wacky, boundary-pushing and completely on point.

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Hang around and say hi after the show. This fan was stoked to get a pic (it me!)


Can't Face is showing at the Spiegel Zelt at Gluttony at 8.20pm nightly until 12th March (excluding 5th March). Tickets range in price from $18-$26 depending on the night and can be purchased online through Fringe Tix.

Great laughs throughout the entire show. This one gets 5 out of 5 from this writer. A must see if you want to ensure maximum value for money in your Mad March budget.

For more about the show follow Can't Face on Facebook.
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Why? Adelaide Fringe 2018
When: Until 12th March
Where: Spiegel Zelt at Gluttony
Cost: $18 - $26
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