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Overall rating: ★★★★ Date attended: 24/02/2019
Walk into the show RETOX and you'll be welcomed with a scene from a rave party that has got out of control in the best form possible. Watermelons, chainsaws, overflowing (and copious) amounts of champagne, and meat pies galore at the start of the show, which riddles the audience with a strange yet enticing picture of this fantastic set up that makes us want to be (low key) involved in the show!
Boasting of a strong suit of performers and hosted by MC Mr. Fish, we were first treated to cheeky 'chef' Malia Walsh, who presented to the audience with possibly the most sultry version of enjoying an Aussie favourite - a classic meat pie. Dripping in tomato sauce, this act will leave you hungry and wanting more. It's one of those segments that feels so wrong, but weirdly enough, also proved itself to be irresponsibly right in so many ways to show one's dedication to enjoy one of Australia's best creations, wrapped in puff pastry.
Between acts, we had Mr. Fish treat us to a bunch of seemingly-silly and sometimes dark humour-based acts, but his likeability and skills around riding a super tall unicycle, Finding Nemo, and slapstick comedy instantly made him a fan favourite. He encouraged some audience participation and was able to make them feel right at home, by getting them to do simple but important tasks to make his bits (performing bits...wait, not that kind!) all the more captivating and gobsmackingly amazing. There are potential 'mistakes' made during his segments, but whether they were intentional or not didn't seem to matter to the audience, because it added to the hilarity that surfaced throughout the show.
We were graced with the presence of former Cirque de Soleil gymnast (Reuben Dot Dot Dot), who was able to balance himself on one hand, whilst smoking a cigar, sipping on a drink, and bending his body in a flexible manner simultaneously. With a suave look and some moody music playing in the background, the audiences were swooning and gasping, as he personified what it was like to be the coolest guy in the room.
We were also entranced by Sara Twister, whose costumes accentuated her ability to bend her body in ways that we could only see as unthinkable. She left the audiences in a state of shock, disbelief, and awe, as she twisted and turned her body and eventually became an acrobatic archer (using her feet), who was able to own a bow in a way that, I guarantee, will leave you at the edge of your seat.
A thoroughly ridiculous yet entertaining show, RETOX is adult cabaret and physical theatre that have been intertwined to bring you with an hour of quality entertainment that is silly, hilarious, and oh so skilled!
RETOX may have finished for this year's season at the Adelaide Fringe, but here's hoping that they are back next year with a fantastic line up of the best of the best in the circus and physical theatre and performing arts industries.