HEADLINE ACT: Rowan Thomas, Thomas Gorham and Callan Harris star in Elixir.
HEADLINE ACT: Rowan Thomas, Thomas Gorham and Callan Harris star in Elixir. Gary Compton

Performers wow with aerial acrobatics

THE circus is coming to town and it brings an hilarious tale about the Elixir of Life.

Contemporary circus artists Head First Acrobats are bringing their award-winning 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.

Like actors from the silent film era, they manage to fall elegantly, display emotion through facial contortion and tumble across the stage effortlessly, all the while keeping in character.

The stars of the show are three artists, Thomas Gorham and Callan Harris, plus Rowan Thomas.

At the Byron Theatre on Friday, December 18, from 8pm. $25.



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