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A Simple Space- Underbelly

Let me start this review, ladies and gentlemen, that I am an expert theatre goer, normally. I never sit on the end of a row 20 minutes before the curtain because I know that others will inevitably have to squeeze past me; I always slouch in my seat if there’s a little person behind so as not to impede their view; most importantly, I always seem to know where to stand at the bar in order to get served first. What can I tell you? It’s a gift.

Ashleigh Pearce (green), Simon McClure (yellow)
, Lisa Goldsworthy (lilac), Andre
Augustus (white), Chris Carlos (brown) and Annali
se Moore (flyer).
Photo (c) The
Other Richard

Imagine my embarrassment, then, when I reveal to you just how many times I found myself yelling aloud in alarm and astonishment while the incredible performers of A Simple Space went about their work. Maybe it’s just human nature, but I can’t watch people hurl each other round a very small space with seeming abandon without impulsively trying to warn them of their imminent injury, and possible death.

Benton Adam
s

Walker (left) with Simon McClure, Lisa Goldsworthy, Chris Carlos
and
Andre Augustus (
base
)
and
Ashleigh Pearce (top).
Photo (c) The Other Richard

Benton
Adams

Walker, Simon McClure, Annalise Moore, Chris Carlos, Andre
Augustus, Lisa Goldsworthy and Ashleigh Pearce. P
hoto (c) The Other Richard

I sat, awestruck, as seven smiling Antipodeans performed ever more hair raising and gravity defying acts with such obvious skill and joy that I eventually came to the conclusion that they were either mentally unstable or some of most skilful and entertaining performers I had ever had the pleasure to watch. I know that many performances in the theatre are described as brave for one reason or another, but his show engages its audience in a totally primal way because the bravery these acts require is something not often encountered. Add to that the pitch-perfect music provided by….., and the seemingly cheeky insouciance of the gymnasts and you have what I now consider might well be the perfect night at the theatre. Catch them while you can has never been a more appropriate recommendation!

Clockwise L

R Andre
Augustus, Benton Adams

Walker, Ashleigh Pearce (hanging),
Lisa Goldsworthy and
Simon McClure
with Chris Carlos (background)
.
Photo (c) The
Other Richard

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Tickets gifted in return for a review.

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