Let's just get real here for a sec - if you haven't been to the Adelaide Fringe yet and are looking for a show that will tick all the boxes for entertainment, electric energy, jaw dropping stunts, and a cast that is as talented as they are cheeky, let it be Fuego Carnal.
Co-hosted and brought to our entertainment by the fiery couple Jacob and Sophie McGrath, this year's line up was nothing short of incredible, top quality circus and physical theatre talent. Performing to a sold out crowd, we were welcomed by Sophie McGrath, who came to the stage with a whip long enough to set us all in our places. Emanating with the vibe of a strong and goal-oriented woman, who has a touch of sweetness to her, Sophie led the show by introducing the different cast members, each of whom graced the stage for our entertainment.
Kicking off the night, we were treated to Stevo Extremo's flawless performance that involved playing with fire in ways that can leave you feeling very hot hot hot in all the right places! I wouldn't be surprised if you felt a state of hypnosis as Stevo enchants the audience members with his limitless ability to play with fire.
There was the fierce Orissa Kelly, who opened my eyes to a whole new possibility of incorporating aerial gymnastics and foot archery skills with fire-tipped arrows. No doubt that, while it looked easy and seamless, it takes a lot of time and practice to be able to perfect the likes of this talented ninja!
Next up was the bit that involved some audience interactivity. Lucky for us, we were treated to the gorgeous Aurora Kurth, whose talents include being a seductive goddess, a brilliant cabaret performer, and an opera singer who might as well have broken a wine glass with her mindblowing vocals. She was able to work the room so brilliantly that I almost wish I had been picked on!
We also witnessed the beauty and skills of "ice queen" Katarzyna Florczuk, who wrapped the audience in her seemingly effortless skills around aerial acrobatics. Reaching above and beyond the spacious tent of Empyrean, Katarzyna showcased some stunning ice skating, which was coupled with fire twirling - fire and ice certainly came to form a beautiful collision that leave the audience members speechless.
Not to sound biased, but the Badpiper is one of my favourite performers in the Fuego Carnal show. Belting out to the tunes of "We Will Rock You" and "Thunderstruck", the man was able to own the sound coming out of the bagpipes, which breathed fire out of its pipes. That's something that's truly original, innovative, and definitely a new take on how music ought to be played on a set of bagpipes.
One of the most memorable acts and a true showstopper was by Aerial Manx - a sword swallower and fire twirler whose daring somersaults made us fear for this fearless man's life! Nonetheless, the man knew how to handle the sword and like a true warrior, demonstrated his exquisite ability to bend his body in ways that left the audience in disbelief and awe.
Bringing the show to a close was the iconic duo Jacob and Sophie, whose love for each other resonated in their ability to support each other through their flawless acrobatic skills. The connection between the two was clear as day and their performance is living proof of the fact that they were destined to balance each other out (pun totally intended). Along with the other cast members invited back on stage, it was a show that had won their audience members' hearts from start to finish!
Returning back to Adelaide Fringe this year, Fuego Carnal seems to have gotten bigger, better, and so much more spectacular. Staying true to its name (Fuego is Spanish for "fire"), this show was nothing short of a display of some of the most incredible stunts around pyrotechnics with a spin of circus and physical theatre themes. This is not a show for the weak-willed, as there are moments throughout the show that make the audience gasp in bewilderment, as the performers do what they know best - put on a show with a high level of danger and skill to it!
With the Adelaide Fringe coming to a close very (very) soon, I would highly suggest that you book your tickets ASAP, because this is a show that is selling out FAST!