The Vault, Spiegeltent Festival Garden has once again transformed into a realm of wonder and awe, with the mesmerising production of GODZ by the Head First Acrobats. As the lights dimmed and the anticipation grew, the audience was transported into a world where Greek mythology meets breathtaking acrobatics.
GODZ weaves a tapestry of Greek mythology with a modern twist, featuring Apollo, Hercules, Cupid, and Dionysus on an adventurous quest to restore balance to the cosmos. The narrative is both humorous and heartwarming, offering a fresh take on these legendary figures. While engaging, the story occasionally veers into predictability, but the acrobatics truly steal the show. The seamless blend of storytelling and jaw-dropping physical feats keeps the audience thoroughly entertained throughout the performance.
Thomas Gorham’s portrayal of Apollo, the god of music and poetry, and Hades, the ruler of the underworld, is excellent. His versatility shines through as he effortlessly transitions between these two contrasting characters. Gorham’s command of the stage and his powerful aerial routines are nothing short of remarkable. His portrayal of Hades, in particular, adds depth to the storyline, and his chemistry, both platonic and sexual, with the other acrobats, is palpable.
Callan Harris takes on the role of Hercules, the legendary hero with incredible strength. Harris’s physical prowess is undeniable, and his acrobatic skills are a sight to behold. While he embodies Hercules unmatchable strength, his approachability sneaks through, increasing his likability. His impressive feats of strength and agility make for thrilling moments in the performance.
Liam Dummer’s portrayal of Cupid, the mischievous god of love, is an absolute delight. His comedic timing and charming stage presence add a whimsical touch to the show. Dummer’s aerial silk routines are graceful and enchanting, perfectly embodying the essence of Cupid’s character. He effortlessly captures the hearts of the audience with his playful antics, making him a standout performer in GODZ.
Jordan Twartz embodies Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry, with infectious energy and enthusiasm. His acrobatic skills are showcased in high-flying stunts and daring tumbles. Twartz’s performance injects a sense of wild abandon into the production, and his interactions with the other characters provide some of the show’s most memorable moments.
GODZ by Head First Acrobats delivers an exhilarating fusion of mythology and acrobatics that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. The sheer talent and dedication of the four acrobats elevate the performance to a level of greatness. Whether you’re a fan of mythology, acrobatics, or simply seeking an evening of entertainment, GODZ is a captivating show that will leave you applauding with admiration.
– The other Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig is an international performer and has established himself as a trusted theatre specialist on the Sydney Arts Scene. While he understands the technical side of theatre, Dan writes for the everyday theatregoer (unlike some of those more prominent publications). When not in the audience, he loves to travel the world trying new gin. Follow him on all the socials @talldancraig
GODZ runs for 65 mins (no interval) and plays at the Vault, Spiegeltent Festival Garden through 01 October 2023. Tickets are available through Sydney Fringe.
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Image credit: Head First Acrobats and Naomi Reed.