AERIAL

When I arrived at Aerial it was to find that this was a sell-out show, with punters lining up around the corner, and a few hopefuls milling around waiting to see if it was possible to still get in. (I didn't like their chances.) It's not hard to see why: this is affordable, accessible, family-friendly entertainment, with a large collection of local talent on display.

As alluded to in the title, this is mostly acrobatics work. The first and final set pieces, which involved well-choreographed and finely-coordinated group work on the silk, were impressive and mesmerising. Aside from that, we were also treated to a bit of contortion, lots of solo aerial work on silk, net and pole, and a whole mess of cheesy MC work.

This is circus that I am very much not the target audience for. I'm the pretentious arts critic, who likes their circus when it's ambitious and powerful. This show was very much traditional, and made lots of safe plays where it came to pleasing the audience over challenging them. I can't fault it for knowing its audience, but I can fault it for not being particularly original or memorable. It is entertaining, though, and I can certainly recommend it if you're on the hunt for light-weight, easy-going acrobatics.

★★★