Circus Oz: Cranked Up – Review
The circus is back in town! Celebrating its 35th birthday, Cranked Up is the latest show from Australian circus group, Circus Oz. The show has toured nationally and overseas before being installed in Sydney for the January school holidays. Under an air conditioned Big Top in Tumbalong Park, a construction site awaits with a fire engine red crane and huge suspended New York skyscraper style crossbeam from which the performers spring, spin and fly from the trapezes. Mason, wearing a fetching short leather apron, literally kicks the show off as his muscled leg shoots up through the middle of a grand piano – reminiscent of a variation on Thing from the Addams family. The leg becomes a body which rises up for a pole dance on a very wobbly pole. More talented legs and feet follow as five balls and a table are juggled upside down on only the toes of a very adept performer. Individual acts are good but it is when the whole circus troupe are on stage that the circus magic happens with trapeze routines which are fun and cheeky rather than risk taking. Darrell (aka Des with the mullet, “I was born looking this sexy”) is a crowd favourite, especially his slow mo baton twirling and cartwheeling routine. With a live band on stage, the performers movements are captured with spot on sound effects. A beautiful spectacle emerges when the previously sedate drummer climbs into an eerily lit bell shaped cage and swings through the air setting the beat for the fast ground work of somersaults and backflips below. Cranked Up is gently humourous and playful with moments when you think “I could never do that”!. The magicians need a few better tricks though if they want to hold the audience’s attention!
Admission $40- $95.
When and where: On now until 27 January, evenings 7pm, 1pm daily and 5pm Sunday evenings. Tumbalong Park Darling Harbour.