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Head First Acrobats — Sydney Fringe Festival

The Melbourne–based performing group is bringing its brand of circus entertainment to three seperate shows for Sydney Fringe Festival.
By Alec Jones
September 08, 2023
By Alec Jones
September 08, 2023

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As the weird and wonderful program of the Sydney Fringe Festival takes over the Harbour City, potential attendees need help determining which events to attend. If you're looking for a physical theme, consider the acrobatic skills of Head First Acrobats and the three shows the group is putting on across the festival.

First, some context. Head First Acrobats is a Melbourne-based group of performers that specialises in a blend of circus acrobatics and physical comedy. They have won awards and found fringe festival fame worldwide. The contributions to this year's Sydney Fringe Festival are split across three shows, each very different from the last.

First up is the current flagship performance: GODZ. It's been raking in awards from fringe festivals nationwide and is now bringing its signature style of hedonism to Sydney. The stars are the gods of Ancient Greece, setting the scene for "the biggest party to hit Mount Olympus since 500 BCE". Said party involves muscles, stunts, skills and laughs of a godlike scale. GODZ is showing at Spiegeltent Festival Garden – The Vault until Sunday, October 1.

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Another headline show is Créme de la créme, a variety show that combines the impressive stunts and displays of the circus with the cheeky fun of cabaret and burlesque. Attendees can look forward to world-class acrobatics that's as gritty as it is glammed and a fair warning to expect a spot of nudity. Créme de la créme is showing at Spiegeltent Festival Garden – The Vault from Tuesday, September 12 until Sunday, September 24.

Finally, if you're planning to bring some younger attendees along with you, grab tickets to Prehysterical. The physical performances continue but this time even further back in history, following the antics of three Neanderthals just trying to get by in a dangerous world. Expect good old fashioned slapstick humour and some tongue-in-cheek jokes for the adults. Prehysterical is showing at Spiegeltent Festival Garden – The Vault until Sunday, October 8.

Head First Acrobats are performing several shows across September and October, each in Spiegeltent Festival Garden – The Vault, for more information on GODZ, Créme de la créme or Prehysterical, visit the respective websites.

Images courtesy of Head First Acrobats.

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