Melbourne Fringe Festival is just around the corner and with it comes a variety of fabulous acts and shows. Railed is one those – a circus spectacular that guarantees to leave you breathless!
Well known for their international sensation, Elixir – smash hit of 2018 and winner of Best Circus and Physical Theatre Award at Adelaide Fringe (along with a slew of sold-out shows all over the world) – the boys from Head First Acrobats (HFA) premiere their latest high voltage offering, Railed, at this years’ Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Running from the 12th to the 25th of September in the highly coveted and spectacular Wonderland Spiegeltent at Federation Square, Railed is a Western-themed Circus Spectacular combining trademark physical talents, finely chiselled bodies, and impeccable comic timing. A place where bare-chested circus meets bare-knuckle bar fights, Railed features edge of your seat displays of breath-taking acrobatics, mad-cap story-telling, and a rogues’ gallery of the most wanted bad-asses this side of Dodge City.
Read on to spend 5 minutes with creator and performer, Cal Harris
How would you describe your show to someone who knew nothing about it?
It’s like one of those naughty comedy movies you’re not sure if you should let you kids watch. It’s jam packed full of crazy circus tricks, hilarious physical theatre, and straight up nonsense.
What/Who was its inspiration?
Inspiration was taken from so many different places for this show.
The movie that stayed in the back of my mind the whole time was Shanghai Noon with Jackie Chang and Owen Wilson. The movie was so dumb, and I love it! Probably one of my favorites! The way they set the jokes up and silliness of it is very similar to Railed.
What do you think its best quality is?
I think Railed has the ability to cross the line without you knowing or without it being a problem. I guess maybe it hasn’t crossed the line then… you’ll just have to come watch and see!
Why should people see it?
There’s a kind of cliché image on what traditional circus and contemporary circus look like. I think people should see Railed because we use elements from both those genres but totally mix it up.
A lot of people don’t like circus because of the animals, or because they hate clowns. It will change your opinion of circus for the better!
If there is one thing you would like to say to your fans, what is it?
Strap yourselves in and have a beer or three.
Who or what has been the greatest influence on your career?
I saw an acrobat on Australia’s Got Talent performing balance ladder. He wobbled it side to side to keep it up then did a handstand on top of it! I went out the next week and bought a balance ladder to learn. It’s now my main specialty. Learning ladder kick started my career as a street performer, which gave me a massive head start as an MC, and also the foundations for most of the work we do day.
Who makes you want to create?
So many people make me want to create. Usually it will be one of my favorite performers that I’ve just seen perform in another show, and I’ll come up with all these incredible ideas that I forget I had literally just watched them do.
When did it become clear to you that circus and entertainment were your passions?
I learned quite early that it was my passion. I must have been about 14-years-old when I realised that I wanted, and could, make a decent living out of circus and performance – which kind of sucked me in even deeper.
What does circus, creation and entertainment mean to you?
This passion has allowed me to travel around the world and get paid for it. I’ve met some of the most amazing friends and see some really cool things.
What are three words that describe you?
Loud, hungry, and * insert word for “work smart, not hard” *
What are three things that would surprise people to learn about you?
This question should be “What are three things people wouldn’t be surprised to learn about me?”
- I jump out of airplanes in my spare time
- If it’s broken, I can fix it
- I can also probably handstand on it
What is next for you?
Apart from performing and touring I have quite a few plans. I’m looking at taking a few months off touring at the end of next year to learn to BASE jump and spend some solid time snowboarding. I like to tell myself I’ve earned some long service leave.
September 12 – 25
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