What: Fuego Carnal
Where: Gluttony – Empyrean
Duration: 60 minutes
Genre: Circus & Physical Theatre / Comedy
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
A very fiery show – literally! This is a real must-see spectacle featuring fire-eaters, fire juggling, a flying bagpipe player (with flames of course!), acrobatics, sword-swallowing, knife-throwing, archery with a difference, whips (both with and without flames) and a bit of comedy and singing thrown in for good measure. What else could one ask for in a 1-hour show?!?
Our MC gave very humorous introductions to all the performances as we were treated to a very agile acrobat who performed most of her contortions high above the stage hanging by a (hopefully) strong length of cloth.
The next act included a lot of fire-eating, rubbing fire on his body and some amazing sword swallowing – drawing gasps from the crowd as he did double backwards somersault flips with the sword shoved down his throat!
A comedy interlude with a very humorous and talented singer which involved one of the older couples from the audience. This preceded the kilt-clad bagpipe player who rocked us with Queen and AC/DC with flames emanating from the instrument and flying around high above the stage – so relieved that something was worn under the kilt!
We were also in awe of a very flexible archer who was firing arrows “normally” as well as upside down using her feet to draw and fire the arrow. Even more awesome was the flame juggler and the knife-thrower who used his stunning assistant for stationary and moving target-practice.
Definitely one of the best shows of this year’s Fringe so please make the effort to see it during the last few nights!