Limbo: The Return – Where Theatrics and Thrills Collide

Walking into The Grand Electric for Strut and Fret’s Limbo – The Return feels like being dropped into a psychedelic dreamscape where circus meets cabaret in a riot of colour and sound. This isn’t just a show; it’s an immersive experience that demands your attention and rewards it with jaw-dropping acrobatics, an eclectic soundtrack, and performances that flirt with the boundaries of human capability.

From the get-go, the show pulls you into its frenetic orbit. With its lush art deco vibes and industrial edge, the venue is the perfect stage for this spectacle. Imagine a 1920s speakeasy colliding with a punk rock concert. The gold gilt architecture and velvet green walls of The Grand Electric are offset by a pulsating soundscape that sets the mood for a night of intrigue and excitement.

The opening tableau is a visual feast. The performers, poised and ready, are silhouetted against the stage as the first infectious beats kick in. Sxip Shirey, our de facto ringleader, emerges with his mad scientist vibe, conjuring an aural landscape as captivating as the physical feats about to unfold. His unique blend of electronic wizardry, from a modified Mini Moog to a marble rolling around a glass bowl, creates a soundtrack that’s as eclectic and dynamic as the performers themselves.

What follows is a relentless parade of talent that leaves you alternately gasping in awe and cheering in delight. Ben Loader’s rope routine is a masterclass in elegance and precision, while Hilton Denis’ tap routines bring a burst of old-school charm and infectious energy. Denis even manages to turn the audience into part of the show, orchestrating a cacophony of vocal exclamations that is as fun to be a part of as it is to watch.

Mikael Bres’ Chinese pole act is a standout, combining strength and finesse in a way that makes you question the limits of human capability. Maria Moncheva’s chain routine reinvents the aerial silk act with a steely grace, and David Marco Pintado’s tightrope walking is edge-of-your-seat thrilling. And then there’s Clara Fable’s fire performance—an incendiary display of skill and danger that brings the heat, quite literally, right to your face.

The costumes and set design are a visual delight, a retro-chic and modern edge mash-up. The performers’ minimal, often daring attire amplifies the show’s edgy, contemporary feel. The proscenium arch, with its thrust staging, ensures that every seat feels like the front row. You’re close enough to feel the heat from Fable’s fire, the rush of air from a passing aerialist.

The pièce de résistance is an ethereal acrobatic sequence featuring Pintado, Bres, and Moncheva. This angelic trio delivers a performance that combines acrobatics, audience interaction, and artistic vision into a ballet of heavenly proportions. It’s the kind of spectacle that makes you pinch yourself, a highlight that justifies the entire ticket price.

The show wraps up with a high-energy musical number, Who Do You Love, sending you off with a pounding heart and a head full of unforgettable images. This show is a celebration of the extraordinary, a testament to what happens when creativity and skill meet on stage. If you’re looking for a night of unparalleled entertainment, Limbo – The Return at The Grand Electric is where you need to be. Get your tickets, settle in, and prepare to be blown away.

– 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

Limbo: The Return runs for 100 minutes (including 20-minute interval) and plays at The Grand Electric through 18 August 2024. Tickets are available through Strut and Fret.

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were guests of AB  Publicity.
Image credit: Damien Bredberg

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