El Bizarro: Glamour! Danger! Freaks!
REVIEW SUE YEAP
The name says it all, really.
When you roll up to a circus tent to see a show with the words “Glamour! Danger! Freaks!” in the title, you should expect a few shocks.
Add Nudity! and Blood! to the title and you understand why ringmaster/MC Magnus Danger Magnus boasts El Bizarro holds the Fringe World record for patrons fainting.
The performers collected under the El Bizarro banner have an array of questionable talents, from traditional circus skills to downright macabre abilities that almost defy description and logic.
Swede Damien Eriksson opened the show in his tiny pink shorts and, with a mixture of slapstick and physical feats, quickly showed why he is the “King Kong of ping-pong”.
He was the star of this oddball collection.
Somewhat ironically, burlesque performer Vivian Marlowe seemed more seductive and mysterious at the start of her routine, when she had more clothes on.
Statuesque Jacqueline Furey has an impressive stage presence and did things with fire that left the audience squirming. Her titillating stage attire left little to the imagination.
Anyone with a weak constitution was tested by New Yorker Damien Kenny’s macabre and disturbing routine alluding to drug use and death.
Do syringes have a place on the stage, even in art? At least one person decided it was time to get some fresh air; thankfully the air-conditioning finally seemed to start working at this stomach-churning point.
Just when you thought you couldn’t avert your eyes from anything stranger and more grotesque, out came the couple from Circus Carnis.
I still can’t work out what was going on with a tube that looked like it was stuck in one performer’s nether regions.
The audience shrieked in what had to be equal parts shock and awe.
With bodily fluids and blood dripping, the unheralded stars of this show are the floor crew who need to mop up between each act.
El Bizarro is on until February 17.