Award-winning acrobats’ family show Arr We There Yet? and late night show Elixir come to London
Arr We There Yet?
Underbelly Festival, Jubilee Gardens, London SE1 8XX Sundays from 10th June – 1st July 2018, 1.45pm
Nominated for Best Children’s Show at the Perth Fringe, Brighton Fringe and Adelaide Fringe,Arr We There Yet? returns to the UK this summer. Head First Acrobats apply their signature mix of comedy caper and incredible acrobatic talent to create a ship-shape show for parents and children alike.
Off in search of treasure, three hapless pirates fight for the title of ship’s captain as they sailacross the high seas under the banner of the Jolly Roger. A scallywag pirate, a swashbuckling sailor and a chef with a seafood allergy make for a hopeless crew caught in shark-infested waters.
Are We There Yet? is a boisterous comedy which transforms the most mundane tasks such as cooking dinner and swabbing the deck into far more rowdy activities as the acrobats begin juggling knives and cartwheeling. Steering the ship using a Cyr wheel, they reel and whirl around the stage – even walking the plank becomes a sight to behold as they spring from the high flying teeterboard.
Co-creator Thomas Gorman comments, A wonderful story for kids, Arr We There Yet? is about pirates who fight and boss each other around and get nowhere. When they find what they are looking for, they discover that the most important thing wasn’t their pirate ship but theirfriendship. The message is something that everyone can do with remembering, so to make a real impression we tell it through incredible circus routines and riotous comedy.
This is the best children’s show I have ever seen at the [Edinburgh Fringe] festival. There is something for everyone; go see it! (Primary Times)
Head First Acrobats will also bring their adult show Elixir to Underbelly Festival Southbank from Tuesday 12th – Saturday 23rd June at 9.30pm.
Underbelly Festival, Jubilee Gardens, London SE1 8XX Tuesday 12th June – Saturday 23rd June 2018 Press Night: Tuesday 12th June 2018, 9.30pm
After winning the Best Circus and Physical Theatre Award at this year’s Adelaide Fringe, the side- splitting Elixir will come to the Underbelly Festival Southbank this June. The Melbourne-based Head First Acrobats return to the UK following their sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 with their unique combination of heart-stopping acrobatics and impeccable slapstick routines.
When three gleefully inept scientists attempt to produce the Elixir of Life, they decide the best test subjects are themselves and chaos erupts in the laboratory. After downing their test-tube concoctions, the scientists begin to test their superhuman strength with increasing reckless feats of daring. When unfortunate side-effects begin to manifest, they apply themselves to answering the Big Questions, such as: do zombies bounce?
Subversive and utterly hilarious, Elixir is also a piece of extraordinary acrobatic ability. Tumbling on the spinning Cyr wheel, handstanding on tottering ladders, balancing on their heads on a swinging trapeze, the Head First Acrobats’ skill will take your breath away and set your pulse racing.
Co-creator Cal Harris comments, We wanted to create a late-night production different to the current circus shows for people who just want to be entertained. We were first inspired by a movie about the zombie apocalypse and we’ve been developing Elixir over the past few years, adjusting it with every performance. Now we have something that feels less like a contemporary arts piece and more like a comedy action movie.
Elixir is the critically acclaimed first internationally toured show from Head First Acrobatics. Winning the First and Foremost Entertainment Award for its UK debut at Brighton Fringe in 2015, Elixir has gone on to win the Best Circus and Physical Theatre Award at this year’sAdelaide Fringe.
High powered acrobatics, a brilliant stumble of slapstick and a shimmy of burlesque (The Herald)Raucous, late night circus with mesmerising skill. (The Reviews Hub)
Head First Acrobats will also bring their family show Arr We There Yet? to Underbelly Festival Southbank every Sunday between 10th June to 1st July at 1.45pm.