ACROBATS: Rowan Thomas, Thomas Gorham and Callan Harris star in Elixir, a circus show coming to Byron Bay.
ACROBATS: Rowan Thomas, Thomas Gorham and Callan Harris star in Elixir, a circus show coming to Byron Bay. Gary Compton

Head First present Elixir: a sexy acrobatic show

THE circus is coming to town and will bring with it a hilarious tale about the elixir of life.

Contemporary circus artists Head First Acrobats are bringing back their award-winning sexy show Elixir to the Byron Theatre.

Elixir is circus like you have never seen before, uninhibited by cliche or expectation, and is subversive and hilarious.

Acrobats fly 5m into the air on a teeterboard, spin upside down on the mesmerising roue cyr wheel, perform incredible one-arm handstands on wobbling canes, and balance on nothing but their heads on a swinging trapeze.

The story follows three bumbling (albeit handsome) scientists who attempt to create the elixir of life.

The artists play research scientists in a high-tech laboratory, conducting trials of a new drug that is sure to invigorate and boost physical endurance in its test subjects.

In this case, the guinea pigs who are administered the miracle drug are none other than the doctors who have discovered it, and though highly unlikely in real life, it made for a clever performance.

The scientists are assisted by a female computer voice, instructing them with the steps which they are to take in the experimental process.

The voice is also the thread which binds the vignettes - everything from a balancing act, to singing and sand painting on a light box. .

At the Byron Theatre on April 15, from 8.30pm. $25.

For kids

ARRR we there yet?! is a 40-minute circus show for the whole family, about acrobatic pirates in search of treasure and friendship across the high seas.

The show is at the Byron Theatre on April 13 and 15 at 6pm, and April 17 at 5pm. $18.



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