The performers are so skilled at acrobatics, it looks like their natural movements while the physical theatre and humour of the show is what holds your attention from start to finish.
The all-women circus troupe plays with gender stereotypes, online dating practices, menstruation, societal expectations of modern women and Australian drinking culture. Although it touches on these potentially serious topics, the troupe never takes itself too seriously and crafts a joke out of any possibly heavy point like sexual harassment online or unwanted stranger attention.
The YUCK performers demonstrate a range of circus and physical theatre skills including acrobatics, aerial silk, ribbon gymnastics, dance, clowning and music.
The seven performers Georgia Deguara, Ella Norton, Brooke Duckworth, Abbie Madden, Karla Scott, Jessica Smart, and Emily McDonagh come together like a tight-knit pop sensation girl group and give some members the spotlight without it feeling like a school choir evenly splitting up the solos. Performer Ella Norton is a strong player becoming multiple characters telling comical stories that we all draw in close to watch to see her small reactive movements become large. It doesn't feel like what you think of first for circus, but it is captivating, silly storytelling through physical theatre.
Throughout the show, all the performers hold the audience's eye contact and throw a wink, flex a muscle or thrust their groins. I imagine every single audience member had an awkward but enjoyable close interaction with a performer at one point or multiple during the show.
YUCK Circus is a hilarious, smart and high-energy show where the 50 minutes will zoom by. If you see one circus show this Fringe season, I highly recommend YUCK.
YUCK Circus will be performing at Gluttony until March 8th (exc. March 2nd) as part of Adelaide Fringe. Buy tickets at FringeTIX.