GODZ | Australian Arts Review

Fresh from the raves at the 2022 Adelaide Fringe, Head First Acrobatics head into Melbourne’s season opener Godz. The show is billed as “A hedonistic head-first dive into the lives of the ancient gods of Mount Olympus.”

These gods are temporarily in the form of fit young men, and they were in a pretty bawdy mood. Zeus himself introduced our performers: Apollo, god of the sun (Thomas Gorham), Cupid, god of love (Liam Drummer); Dionysius, god of wine (Jordan Twartz); and, from the banter of Zeus with a human woman, the demigod Hercules (Callan Harris). All were very happy to put on a show for the entertainment of us mere mortals.

The company has already offered offers such as Elixir, Cirque’cision, and Railed in Melbourne. These outings often featured uncommon feats of strength and coordination, wrapped in comedic situations involving clumsy characters.

Godz have taken on the past working style as Railed and pumped him up with steroids and magic mushrooms. These ripped gods show off their sublime balancing and tumbling skills, with high testosterone hits on devices like ribbons and diablos.

The company continued its form with physical comedy and, incredibly, even managed to laugh at our pandemic trials.

But beware, when the Godz are this playful and powerful, nothing is sacred. Some may not like certain scenes, like the one where the Christians go astray. (Judging by the volume of laughter, for many it was a startling and hilarious scene, destined to become Melbourne Fringe legend.)

It wouldn’t be fair to spoil the surprises, but these gods will definitely set you up for a wild ride of glitz and camping. Couple Godz with the 6 p.m. Dead set by Yuck circus at a sister venue to the Runaway Festival Precinct, and you’re set for a quality night out with these circus Olympians.

Runaway Festival Park (The Vault) – Testing Grounds Market Square, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
Representation: Thursday October 6, 2022 – 8:00 p.m.
The season continues until October 23, 2022
Reservations: www.melbournefringe.com.au

For more information visit: www.headfirstacrobats.com for more details.

Image: Thomas Gorham, Callan Harris, Jordan Twartz and Liam Dummer – photo by Jacinta Oaten

Exam: Jason Why