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Review by Markus Hamence – Performance date: Thursday 22 February 2024, Adelaide Fringe, Fool’s Paradise, South Australia

Adelaide Fringe 2024: A Divine Encounter with ‘Godz’

Setting The Tone

Time to get Greeced! A hedonistic dive head-first into the lives of the ancient gods of Olympus!

Follow your favourite gods like Cupid and Hercules as they paint the scene of Ancient Greece and bring you to the biggest party to hit Mount Olympus since 500 BCE.

A brilliant troupe of comedy acrobats take their unique mix of storytelling, circus, and physical prowess to godlike proportions. Expect a bodyssey of gravity-defying stunts, true tests of heroic strength and muscularity, and surprise comic twists.

The Review

Yup, the 2024 Adelaide Fringe! It’s that time of the year again when the city transforms into a vibrant canvas of arts, performances, and an electric atmosphere that captures the heart of every attendee. Among this year’s stellar lineup, a show that is standing out remarkably for its unique blend of mythology, modern-day satire, and sheer creative brilliance is ‘Godz’. Let me take you on a divine journey through my experience at this spellbinding performance.

The Premise

Playing in Adelaide’s Victoria Square (Known as Fool’s Paradise this Feb/March) ‘Godz’ is not your run-of-the-mill theatre piece. Heck no, it’s a thrilling rollercoaster ride that takes you through the pantheon of gods from various cultures, but with a twist – they’re all living among us in the 21st century. Imagine Zeus as a CEO of a leading tech company, or Isis running a powerful NGO. The premise itself is enough to pique anyone’s curiosity, but it’s the execution that truly makes ‘Godz’ a masterpiece. PLUS it’s cheeky, naughty and an abundance of ‘No Photos Please’ nudity. Got your attention?

The Performance

From the moment the boys step on stage, you’re transported into a world where the divine and the mortal coalesce. The set design is minimalistic yet effective, creating an immersive experience that relies heavily on the powerhouse performances of the cast and ingenious lighting effects. The gods, portrayed by an ensemble of talented actors/performaers, bring depth, a LOT of humor, and a touch of humanity to their roles, making you ponder the divine within the mundane.

The script is a marvel of wit, humor, and poignant moments. It cleverly navigates through themes of power, love, strength, and the quest for meaning in the modern world. The dialogues are crisp, loaded with cultural references and sharp commentary that is incredibly engaging.

The guys KNOW how to engage with an audience, whether is be cheeky grins, winks, self deprecating humour, a flash of skin or down-the-barrel stares – all of which are lapped up.

The Music and Choreography

Music and choreography in ‘Godz’ deserve their own standing ovation. The music is a blend of ethereal melodies and contemporary beats, perfectly encapsulating the show’s theme of ancient meeting modern. Performance sequences are brilliantly choreographed to the most insane aerobics and acrobatics, adding an extra layer of storytelling that words alone could not achieve. These elements combined create a sensory feast that’s both enchanting and provoking.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss It

‘Godz’ is more than just a show; it’s a sexy experience that’s fun and humourful (that’s now a word but it is now). It’s a testament to what the Adelaide Fringe stands for—innovation, creativity, and pushing the boundaries of storytelling. Whether you’re a mythology enthusiast, a lover of theatre, or simply in search of a night filled with entertainment and reflection, ‘Godz’ delivers on all fronts.

In conclusion, ‘Godz’ is a divine spectacle that encapsulates the essence of what makes the Adelaide Fringe such a beloved event. It’s a bold, brilliant, and beautiful ode to the stories that have shaped humanity, reimagined for the modern audience. If there’s one show you choose to see at this year’s Fringe, make it ‘Godz’. Trust me, it’s a sexy, cheeky AND naughty BUT mostly, heavenly experience you won’t soon forget.

For tickets, show details and date, click here! 🙂

About The Troupe

Head First Acrobats are a multi award winning company from Melbourne Australia. They provide acrobatic and comedic entertainment for festivals, as well as a range of other events.

Their big hitters are adult shows Elixir, Railed and GODZ, but they also present childrens and family entertainment.

Markus Hamence interviews Thomas John Gorham from the show ‘GODZ’
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