The hits keep coming for Fringe for me this year. It’s been one incredible show after the other. Opening night for Casting Off with A Good Catch Circus was no exception.
A Good Catch casts off the stereotypes around people across different generations in Casting Off with their intergenerational circus. This is Circus with non-linear storytelling. It’s skilful, intelligent, and most of all playful. It’s a lighthearted, thought-provoking look at living on the edge with jaw-dropping stunts that will keep you thoroughly entertained and on the edge of your seat.
Featuring three gutsy Australian women, across three generations (31, 42 and 60) this multi-award-winning arthouse circus shines a light on fruitful relationship and what can be achieved when women support each other’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s an impressive 60-minute show.
Having said that, I feel I need to be honest here and say it took me a good five minutes to warm up to this show and it had nothing to do with the super chill air con pumping into the room directly behind me. The eclectic knitted costumes together with the initial dialogue and theatrics, as we took our seats, all seemed a little amateur hour and more cringe than Fringe for my liking.
A sideways glance to hubby, my plus one on this occasion, confirmed he was thinking much the same. I recall gripping his hand and thinking it was going to be a really long hour. This feeling didn’t last long though and I strongly suspect the opening shenanigans just might be a tactical ploy to disarm you.
The show quickly escalates from here into a captivating and thought-provoking evening that is thoroughly entertaining. You’ll be utterly amazed at the aerials and balancing acts throughout. The pearls of wisdom and on-stage antics are a bonus that knit together well and only add to the experience. Don’t believe me, just watch…
De Parel Spiegeltent, Woodside Pleasure Gardens
Until 2 February
Tickets available HERE
Just a quick note… It’s me, not you! I’m in and out of hospital at the moment and only doing a handful of short and sweet reviews for Fringe this year and my usual 12 hour or less turnaround for Fringe reviews is completely out the window.