Audiences are in for a wild ride with the western themed circus show “Railed” presented by Head First Acrobats. Directors Debra Batton (Circus Oz, winner of Total Theatre Award for the show “Casting Off”) and John Walton (director of “Elixir”, winner of the Best Circus and Physical Theatre Award at Adelaide Fringe 2018) with the four male performers have created a dynamic, sexy, hilarious show that is full of surprises.
As the four cowboys took to the stage I was apprehensive about the song choice: Hugo’s “99 Problems (and a bitch ain’t one)”; which seemed like the wrong tone to begin the show, giving the impression that what was to follow would be a show that belonged in the last century. My unease was soon put to rest as what followed was a hilarious, non-stop action packed, unapologetic portrayal of all aspects of masculinity. The performers, Thomas Gorham, Callan Harris, Adam O’Connor-McMahon and Harley Timmermans, have various circus skills, including, clowning acrobatics, and juggling, that they perform with confidence and a dynamic physicality that is enthralling.
For me, the highlights of the show include the diabolo (spindle and string) act performed to Ginuwine’s “Pony” which was excellent; then the bar room brawl morphing into, what is inferred as, a scene from the movie “Brokeback Mountain” was brilliant! The Cyr Wheel act was also impressive, and Callan Harris’ remarkable feats of balance and strength were awe inspiring. Finally, the comedic scene that saw the mating of a unicorn and horse encapsulated the irreverent charm of the show. “Railed” is a fun, adults-only, tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the full gamut of masculinity.
“Railed” is showing in The West Australian Spiegeltent, Woodside Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, James St, Northbridge until 10 February. Tickets from $30.00-$39.00. Bookings: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/railed-fw2019