LIONS and tigers and bears, oh my!
While part of the Kids Splash season at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Carnival of the Animals is a work for all ages.
Opening with a tense Comedie Francaise three bangs of the cane from the Ring Mistress, Circa from Brisbane has developed a dazzling show based on the work of Camille Saint-Saens.
A highly talented team combines death-defying circus stunts, clowning, dance music, circus humour and a great use of multi-media.
The cast appears boneless and full of exuberant energy.
Some of the acrobatics are jaw dropping.
The cast is like a troupe of strolling players in their black and white costumes with ruffled collars.
Opening their suitcases, they morph into the various animals, sea creatures, insects with figurative fur, feathers and fins and become everything from dry desiccated dinosaur bones to bats, fish, penguins, kangaroos and other assorted animals.
There’s plenty of tumbling and a difficult balancing and skipping section for the kangaroos.
Circa offers non-stop action to stimulate a young audience and demonstrates the finite possibilities of live theatre for everyone.
Carnival of the Animals is about wild imagination, explosions of magic and comic humour that speaks to us all.
There are fun audience participation moments, sombre beauty and rollicking humour.
WHAT: Carnival of the Animals.
WHERE: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
WHEN: Thursday, October 5 (7pm), Friday, October 6, 10am and 1pm.