Review: Circus- Cision at Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows

Roll up roll up for your fill of late night, X-rated hilarity at Circus-Cision, a first class variety spectacular of the brightest circus performers from around the Fringe, hosted by Head First Acrobats.

The Spiegeltent has played host to the most eccentric and talented performers from around the world, so it is only fitting that Circus- Cision has found its home there. We are welcomed in for the evening by the enigmatic and charming MC, Cal Harris. The jokes are dry, but the crowd love his charm and it serves as the perfect palate cleanser after each act.

Next up, a seductive performance from the lovely Chelsea Star. Star had the crowd transfixed as she worked wonders with hula hoops. Within just a few minutes, it was clear she could have filled the hour alone and still had the crowd in the palm of her hand.

Next to emerge was the hilarious Gary Starr, giving us a glimpse behind the curtain of his own show in the Fringe, Gary Starr Performs Everything. Starr raised raucous laughter with his interactive and unconventional performance. Never before has audience participation been so willing, with a number of the audience rushing to be part of the action.

Chris Thomas and Kali Retallack give us the classic acrobatic performances we’ve all been waiting for. Both performers offered fluid and beautiful demonstrations of acrobatics, leaving everyone mesmerised. We were then provided with further comic relief from the eccentric Mr Fish. His performance was clumsy and offbeat, mimicking the likes of Andy Kauffman to offer something more akin to clowning around than conventional comedy.

This show is a strong contender in the arena of variety and cabaret. Circus- Cision is the perfect accompaniment to a few drinks with a few friends. All the fun of the circus and not a clown in sight – utter bliss.

Circus-Cision, Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 6-25 Aug (not 13, 20), 10pm

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