Like the name suggests, By a Thread is an ensemble circus performance centred around thirty metres of white rope. Seven cast members from Melbourne based One Fell Swoop execute meticulous and daring feats of strength and poise, pushing the boundaries of what should be considered physically possible. It’s kind of like every olympic gymnastics event, seamlessly blended together.
Being a form of physical theatre, the narrative is told primarily through non-verbal cues. The mood is dictated by obvious music and lighting changes, however, even with this aid I still couldn’t quite nail down what story they were trying to tell. For the sake of argument let’s say it was all about trust and the cause and effect of movement. There's a sprinkling of physical humour, and a pretty darn good display of dynamics in action.
The bottom line here: if you want to marvel at a cast of David-esque men and women performing acrobatics that will make you feel deeply insecure about yourself, then go see By a Thread.
Where: The Peacock at Gluttony
When: 3rd - 18th March
Tickets: From $20.00 here
Star rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Header image via Adelaide Fringe