Fringe World: Jaw-dropping show as good as it gets

An unusual puppet act is provided by Canada’s Cabaret Decadanse.
An unusual puppet act is provided by Canada’s Cabaret Decadanse.

EAT your heart out, Cirque de Soleil.

The jaw-dropping acts at Fringe World’s La Soiree this year are arguably as good as it gets, performed on a tiny circular stage surrounded by the audience.

First up is Indian duo Mallakhamb and what these two can do on a decidedly wobbly pole is unbelievable.

Perth-born Lucky Hell offers a sword-swallowing act to make your toes curl and there’s Lily Martinez pulling a batch of red hankies from assorted body parts.

But however close the audience is to Swedish magician and Sweden’s Got Talent winner Charlie Caper, and its pretty close, its impossible to catch him out.

Caper is the guest act until February 4 when another act takes over.

Among a wealth of international acrobatic brilliance, the Fratelli Rossi brothers are possibly the most amazing, hurling each other around with pinpoint accuracy, while serious injury stares them in the face at one false move.

The only criticism is the seating layout which means one section of the audience has to screw their necks around occasionally to watch some of the action taking place behind them.

The show runs for two hours and the bar is close by.

WHAT: La Soiree

WHERE: The Ice Cream Factory, Northbridge.

WHEN: Until March 3.