In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a new circus in town. Barbu (French for ‘bearded’) is a new show for adults. Gone are the elephants, tigers and animal cruelty of old — here to stay are the breathtaking performances of sexy, nearly naked, bearded men.
On the opening night of the show, playing at the Sydney Opera House, everyone was visibly excited.
Each guest was given a huge, bushy-looking cartoon beard on an ice-cream stick when collecting their tickets. This set the tone and added to the excitement. Guests were playing around and enjoying the masquerade before the show had even started.
From the first moment it was side-slappingly funny and breathtakingly daring. Starting off in quirky fancy dress, the performers were clearly in their element and had the audience eating out of their hands within minutes.
We were treated to a range of stunts and performances from the sublime to the ridiculous.
There were magic tricks and gravity-defying acrobatics with a very energetic band (also in costume) providing the electro-rock soundtrack.
Barbu was a thoroughly enjoyable feat of excellence. The performers were so full of energy at every moment and clearly passionate about what they were doing. The result was that we couldn’t help but feel compelled by each stunt. Each act had us on the edge of our seats and thoroughly entertained.
My top tip would be to take some cash so that you can benefit from the $5 vodka shots and get a chance to enter into their ‘very special’ raffle.
Barbu is every bit as silly as it claims to be and yet it still manages to deliver in a very serious way.
Elli de Ryckman de Betz is a long-time lover of facial hair, and has recently attempted to start growing her own.