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Stunt Lounge - home grown talent from the Flying Fruit Flies
This exuberant mix of circus act and physical theatre is the professional debut of five graduates of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and explores the concept of risk-taking in the everyday life of young people.
For the faint-hearted in the audience, Stunt Lounge is an uncomfortable edge-of-the-seat experience. The stage is a living room where items of domestic furniture are transformed into launching pads and other weapons of mass destruction. We gasp at the audacity and applaud whenever a particularly difficult act succeeds, whether first, second or third attempt.
The intimacy of the Arts Centre's Fairfax Studio ensures that the audience is with the hard-working performers every step of the way: every improbable flight through the air, every death-defying dive and every potential skin puncture of the industrial-strength bed of nails. No nets or bandaids people! One little boy in the crowd nailed it (sorry) when he called out: 'That's too hard!'
This is homegrown theatre of the best kind – full of enthusiasm and rough edges but free of the slickness of your average cirque. Stunt Lounge is made possible by the support of a number of arts organisations in Victoria and NSW and is a welcome addition to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.