ThisSideUp acrobatics;

Friday, April 04, 2014 - Gas Works, VIC

Saturday, April 05, 2014 – Gas Works, VIC

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - The Memo, Healesville, VIC

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - Williamstown Town Hall, VIC

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Mansfield Performing Arts Centre

Friday, April 11, 2014 - The Cube Wodonga

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - The Cube Wodonga

Monday, April 14, 2014 - Benalla Performing Arts Centre

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Benalla Performing Arts Centre

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 -Phee Broadway, Mount Alexander Shire Council

Thursday, April 17, 2014 – Phee Broadway, Mount Alexander Shire Council

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Her Majesty's Theatre

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Her Majesty's Theatre

Friday, April 25, 2014 - Her Majesty's Theatre

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Her Majesty's Theatre

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - Theatre Royal

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Theatre Royal

Thursday, May 01, 2014 - Devonport Entertainment Centre

Saturday, May 03, 2014 - Tallarook Mechanics Institute

Thursday, May 08, 2014 - Esperence Civic Centre

Saturday, May 10, 2014­ - Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - Queens Park Theatre

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - Carnarvon Civic Centre

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - Matt Dann Cultural Centre

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - Broome Civic Centre, NSW

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - Broome Civic Centre, NSW

Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Araluen Arts Centre, NSW

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - Centre for Contemporary Arts Cairns

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Centre for Contemporary Arts Cairns

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - Centre for Contemporary Arts Cairns

Friday, May 30, 2014 - Townsville City Council, QLD

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Townsville City Council, QLD

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - Redland PAC, QLD

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - Judith Wright Centre, QLD

Thursday, June 05, 2014 - Judith Wright Centre, QLD

Friday, June 06, 2014 - Judith Wright Centre, QLD

Saturday, June 07, 2014 - Judith Wright Centre, QLD






























Roll up, roll up! Welcome… to the other side.


Down and Out provides a deep glimpse into the seedy side of carnival life.  Strange characters, itinerant adventures, and unconventional relationships are revealed through live music, movement and circus to present the tale of a once breathtaking and glamorous way of life succumbed to vice and corruption.


With astounding circus skill and a poignant narrative, “Down and Out” follows six cunning, twisted and lost carnival characters as they seek to regain their self worth in a world of tired obligation and old tradition.  ThisSideUp are guaranteed to intrigue. 

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Adelaide Fringe Festival: Down & Out

Dressed in old-style ‘strong-man’ leotards, this troupe of performers dished out some serious party tricks!

Accompanied by Francine (the BEAUTIFUL daughter of the Ring Master) the performers presented anamusing and enjoyable show full of bravado and slapstick.

Opening the show was Boris – the titled ‘dope’ of the entourage. It was clear from the outset that we were in for some serious typecasting. After the introduction of each performer, the activities began with such fervour that I could not help imagining they were enjoying themselves a little too much for such a technical act.

After three minutes or so the audience were full of the anticipated ‘aahs’ and ooohs’ and a few times were we so mesmerised by the skill (and healthy appearance) of the group, that we had to be coaxed out to clap.

Fitted out with green gym mats, bendy bars, ropes, ladders, seesaw type creations and stacked crates the arena resembled a super-sized play yard. The biggest treat of all has to be the giant hula-hoops – they are super fast and made me rather dizzy.

Accompanied by some pumping music, these guys show what is really possible with a couple of circular steel tubes and a massive amount of agility.  Boris ‘the dope’ created an amazing solo on a rope, which was reminiscent of some interpretive dance I saw recently. We were treated to a myriad of mini-acts, magic and a singing saw.

While this show boasts a ‘poignant narrative’ in its advertisement, it didn’t seem to deliver…maybe I was blinded by the muscle…. seriously though, the acting was at times entertaining but not enough to stimulate much idea about the intended narrative. I must mention that the Ring Master was quite sold on his role and saved a few seemingly unintended awkward moments.

Leaving with a sense of amusement and admiration, I would recommend this skilled show to those who like to gasp at others bravado – though I would say it is the least pretentious show of bravado I have ever encountered