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Splash Test Dummies - Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018

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Quick, go and see this comedy show with your kids
This 60-minute circus show at the Melbourne Town Hall is part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and is excellent for young children. A spectacular of physical, slapstick comedy, the trio, dressed in their finest stripy swimming trunks, this is a finely tuned, well-choreographed performance.

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Splash Test Dummies on stage at the Melbourne Town Hall

The Test Dummies are Jamie Bretman, Simon Wright and Jack Coleman, a trio of incredible circus actors who have been performing around Australia and internationally since 2013. Their light-hearted approach belies their serious dedication to their art.

The performance has a water theme and the guys cleverly incorporated each of the different props to keep the kiddies entertained. For example, making themselves look like deep sea animals using the rings was amazing.

The ping pong ball segment was hilarious, the rubber duckies in the shower routine was fun, and the unicycle segment was truly impressive. The trio were like synchronised swimmers, twirling around gracefully. Their circus skills were phenomenal and the kids were in awe of the core strength they were using to hold each other up in the acrobatic routine. We also loved it when they made deep-sea animals using the rings and the pool noodles. So clever.

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Underwater adventures

Audience participation is expected in this performance. Consider yourself warned; if you sit in the front row, you will get wet. Water pistols are employed which is such a thrill for the kids. The audience was really excited about the prospect of being sprayed! Kids are always keen to get up on stage and participate too.

The most wonderful moment for me, as an adult audience member, was when the performers, acting as lifesavers, crawled out over all the audience members to "save" someone. It really did look like they were traversing the swells of the ocean. It was a very effective interpretation of the 'wave of people' in their audience. Brilliant!

If you're looking for something to take the edge off the last two days of the school holidays, don't miss this!
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Why? Keep the kids entertained
When: 1pm Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Melbourne Town Hall
Cost: $20-25
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