In the time honoured tradition of dinner and a show, my partner invited me to a date night with something twisted. The Twisted Vaudeville Circus.
The Circus has a few acts in the current running Fringe Festival as they do every year, last night we took in the incredible wonder that was Sideshow Macabre.
The show opened with a gathering of people with seemingly nothing in common, what they shared was their inner torment. Through beautiful dance, mind-bending magic and some stomach turning and death defying stunts, their stories were told.
Beginning with a peep show and ending with one, a series of acts explore sexuality, pain, loss and love, inspiring the audience to marvel at the skill and daring of these remarkable performers.
This show is a collection of the circus' best and most engrossing acts. A merman caught in a net brings graceful acrobatic contortion to his sad struggle and a man remembers his lost love by dancing with her ghost. The circus does have its clowns, two laughing girls who seek to create mayhem with their master, only stopping their mischief to show the audience their own acrobatic skills. Acrobatics, suspension and dance bring spectacle and wonder to this exploration of the human condition in a way that kept me wide-eyed and gasping for the whole performance.
As a warning, this show does include snakes, blood and a lot of skin, so if nudity or slithering terrify you, stay away. If you want the ride of your life, step right up. Tickets are $40 and the show runs at 9:45 on the 22nd of February 2013, and again at 10:45 on the 23rd. By keeping tabs on the Twisted Vaudeville Circus through facebook,(Twisted Vaudeville Circus on Facebook) you can see upcoming events as they are booked in theatres around Perth throughout the year.
I went this year as well [on the third day] but I was a little disappointed with their suspension. I hope the performers were okay because last year they were able to hold it for much longer and honestly it was far more impressive. Hopefully next year it will be again.