Fringe Review: Scotch & Soda

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Presented by Company 2 & Producing Partner Underbelly
Reviewed 14 February 2016

It’s one of those unmissable Fringe events that you’ll be blown away by as soon as you enter the tent. The award winning and much-loved Scotch & Soda is back in Adelaide for the 2016 Fringe!

Set in a dusty, rowdy whiskey joint in a parallel universe, this is the story of a world at play. There are no problems here, at least, none that can’t be fixed by a bit of a dancing and a bottle of scotch! It’s a raucous performance that will draw you in, make you gasp and keep you clapping all the way through.

The brilliant cast of rag-tag, vaudevillian heroes are all seemingly superhuman, able to pull off stunts that would lead to broken bones if tried by anyone else. With much flipping through the air, tumbling through ropes and even balancing on a pile of boxes supported only by four wine bottles, the crew perform physical wonders that you just can’t believe.

The absolutely mad gymnastics are made all the more impressive when you realise just how much strength and fitness must be required to pull them off, and with hardly a flaw in the routine. All the performers work marvelously together, almost like cogs in a chaotic machine, displaying a chemistry on stage that could only be found in the most-well practiced and most “in-tune” groups.

Of course, you can’t forget the musical accompaniment! Rolling on through the entire show (seemingly unfazed by the death-defying feats happening in front of them) the artists never miss a beat, giving the show a really unique and lively flavour and adding so much to the excitement.

All in all, this is a show in the true spirit of the Fringe, bringing back the hazy glory of Southern Jazz and combining it with an almost post-apocalyptic anarchy to create something truly spectacular.

Reviewed by James Rudd
Twitter: @james_wrr

Rating (out of 5): 5

Venue: Royal Croquet Club – The Panama Club
Season: 16-28 February
Duration: 70 minutes
Tickets: $15 – $40
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or at a FringeTix box office (booking fees apply)

http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au

http://www.royalcroquetclub.com.au

http://www.company2.com.au/scotch-and-soda/

 

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Truly Spectacular

This is a show in the true spirit of the Fringe, bringing back the hazy glory of Southern Jazz and combining it with an almost post-apocalyptic anarchy to create something truly spectacular.

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James is a student at the University of Adelaide, a media worker, lover of all things literature and, let's be honest, a bit of a nerd. We hope his reviews make you fall in love with the Adelaide art-scene all over again!

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