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Cirque Africa Adelaide Fringe Tour

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You may have seen the big tent in Hindmarsh Square, and missed out, You may have heard about it from friends, and missed out. You may have been too busy, and also missed out. But never fear, because coming back for an encore performance are the team behind Cirque Africa who are erecting their enormous big top tent at Victor Harbor and Glenelg this April and May for 54 more enthralling and stunning performances.

Cirque Africa Adelaide Fringe Tour, Cirque Africa, Warland Reserve, Wigley Reserve, Chaffey Theatre
Image courtesy Cirque Africa


Fresh from a great season at the Adelaide Fringe in March, the Cirque Africa team have had a short break, and have decided that they love South Australia so much that they will continue to share the fun and frivolity of one of the biggest hits of this year's Fringe.

The Ringmaster and MC for the show, Papa Africa, brings together a collection of acrobats, performers and dancers from across Africa in one of the world's first truly African circuses. Originally founded in Tanzania, Cirque Africa started as an acrobatic school and has since grown to be home to many of Africa's most notable acrobatic circus acts including the world renowned Hakuna Matata Acrobats.

Cirque Africa Adelaide Fringe Tour, Cirque Africa, Warland Reserve, Wigley Reserve, Chaffey Theatre
Image courtesy Cirque Africa


Backed by live original music, the trim taut and terrific males show incredible strength, agility and style as they build human pyramids and towers, balance on poles and teeter across unsteady stacks of chairs and generally perform routines that border on the unbelievable. It is not hard to admire nor marvel at the six-packs on these guys that leave most of us to shame.

Meanwhile the sole female performer effortlessly balances and spins all kinds of objects on her feet and body, including drums, pots and tables, in a mesmerising solo performance. But like most shows the real stars are those that bring us the fun, and in the case of Cirque Africa, it is the random guests pulled from the audience to assist the head clown to form part of his roving band that guarantee a side-splitting laugh for the whole audience.

Cirque Africa Adelaide Fringe Tour, Cirque Africa, Warland Reserve, Wigley Reserve, Chaffey Theatre
Image courtesy Cirque Africa


Cirque Africa is no simple sideshow as the 70 Tons of circus equipment, sound lighting, stage equipment, seating for 1100 people and an enormous big top tent shows. Rather it is a unique form of entertainment geared towards families of all ages with utilises vision and laughter to ensure that language and cultural barriers do not pose a problem with audience participation and appreciation.

So whether you missed Cirque Africa during the Adelaide Fringe or loved it so much that you're desperate to see it again, this is your chance to experience this modern, cultural, educational and visually spectacular production.

Cirque Africa Adelaide Fringe Tour, Cirque Africa, Warland Reserve, Wigley Reserve, Chaffey Theatre
Image courtesy Cirque Africa


Cirque Africa will be showing at Warland Reserve in Victor Harbor from 18th April to 30th April followed by Wigley Reserve at Glenelg from 3rd May to 14th May. At both venues there are afternoon, matinees and evening sessions available, with bookings highly recommended.

And once this extended Adelaide Fringe Tour is over, the Cirque Africa team will head indoors to the Barossa Arts and Convention Centre in Tanunda (24th May), the Chaffey Theatre in Renmark (26th May) and the Hopgood Theatre in Noarlunga (27th May) for a series of one-off special evening shows.

Cirque Africa Adelaide Fringe Tour, Cirque Africa, Warland Reserve, Wigley Reserve, Chaffey Theatre
Image courtesy Cirque Africa


For further details refer to the Cirque Africa website, their Facebook page or their youtube screen.
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Why? Just in case you missed it
When: 18 April - 14 May
Where: Victor Harbor and Glenelg
Cost: From $28 to $39
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