Elixir unleashes zombie apocalypse on Fringe World


Thomas Gorham.
Thomas Gorham.

ALL-AROUND acrobat Thomas Gorham did not take the traditional journey of community circus or gymnastics to get his start.

Instead it was break dancing from the age of 15 that led him to successfully audition for the National Institute of Circus Arts in Victoria (NICA).

Since then he has gigged and performed with companies before starting his own company which has toured circus show Elixir in its current three-person version for the past three and a half years.

Elixir was first born out of my showcase piece at NICA,” the 29-year-old Melburnian said.

“I did a zombie circus piece then I started writing a show based around the zombie apocalypse.

“We had a lot of fun getting the show off the ground and toured it as a two-man show but then we decided to make it a three-man show and brought in a very funny clown.

“The mix was right and we started re-writing and working on it as we toured it. We just had a big development process with a production company called Underbelly in the UK and now it’s finished.”

Gorham said the hilarious, sexy and silly circus show followed the narrative of three scientists who attempt to create the elixir of life and unwittingly create the zombie apocalypse.

The trio of Gorham, Rowan Thomas and Cal Harris present an entertaining display of acrobatics, teeterboard, balancing, cyr wheel and trapeze.

“We decided not to be lazy and make it like a movie with a story people could follow that develops with characterisation from start to finish,” Gorham said.

“Nothing is left up to interpretation and we just want our audiences to have fun. We’re up there having a blast every night and we see it on our audiences; they leave pumped which is great.”

What: Elixir
Where: The West Australian Spiegeltent
When: January 31 to February 26
Tickets: www.fringeworld.com.au