Reviewer: David Doyle
In a lab, three test subjects are given different concoctions to try and find a cure for a virus causing a zombie outbreak in Edinburgh. As they ingest each one, their dexterity and strength measured to see the impact. It’s a clever ruse for a circus show and one that works incredibly well in Head First Acrobats’ Elixir. It’s an hour of circus funthat manages to combine gravity-defying stunts with rich comedy in a late night feast.
Elixir uses a well-worn storyline in order to frame itself. This clever decision, full of clichés allows for the trio to draw out humour from the opening moments of the show. Utilising clowning as well as acrobatics, the piece never takes itself too seriously, and this allows for some really enjoyable moments of audience interaction, as well as some gloriously entertaining dance numbers.
Like all good circus, there are moments of jaw-dropping physical skill on show. Pushing their bodies to the limits of physical possibility, the trio does so in an effortless manner. The charm of all three performers is central to the piece and their likability is a key factor in the success of the show.
This is a raucous late-night piece of circus, combining a bawdy humour, with mesmerising skill, there’s much to admire in the show. Consistently fun from start to finish, the show is perfectly pitched. While the ending feels a little mundane compared to what has gone before, there’s more than enough in the show to entertain.
Runs until 22August 2016