BRIGHTON – The horses are saddled, the guns are slung and the chaps are ready. This May, the Aussie kings of narrative circus, Head First Acrobats will ride into town for the 2019 Brighton Fringe with an all-new acrobatic adventure. Railed is a Western themed circus spectacular, combining the trademark physical talents, finely chiselled bodies and comic capers of the creators of the smash hit Elixir – winner of the Best Circus and Physical Theatre Award at 2018 Adelaide Fringe.
Bare-chested circus meets bare-knuckle bar fights, Railed is a racy, heart-stopping display of breath-taking acrobatics and mad-cap story-telling, featuring a rogues’ gallery of the most wanted bad-asses this side of Dodge City. The Head First gunslingers are planning to paint the town red, to head audiences off at the pass, ransack their hearts, ambush their nights and leave them begging for mercy. Railed will play its UK premiere in the Brighton Spiegeltent in Old Steine Gardens from May 4 to June 1 hot on the spurred heals of its Perth Festival debut and triumphant Adelaide run.
Directed by Debra Batton (Circus Oz, winner of Total Theatre Award for the show Casting Off) and John Walton (Director of Elixir), Railed features the talents of; Thomas Gorham the allround acrobat and trapeze expert who plays the mostly useless ‘Drunk Sheriff’; and Callan Harris the powerful yet standoffish vagrant showing off immense feats of balance and impressive physique; and two new members Adam O’Connor-McMahon, the trained clown and ‘manipulator’ (i.e. fancy juggler) from Western Australia-based circus company Fliptease, who plays the resident barman keeping the boys liquored up and ready for action; and Harley Timmermans, formerly of Strut n Fret. Harley brings technicality and artistry to Head First Acrobats and plays the town hero in Railed.
Based out of Melbourne, Head First Acrobats (A.K.A HFA) are an award winning entertainment company providing world-class circus and physical theatre performance. Specialising in entertainment for festivals, theatres, corporate and street events. Head First Acrobats style is defined by their unique mix of old school slapstick comedy, with new-school death-defying acrobatics.
Railed plays from 4th May to 1st June 2019 at the Brighton Spiegeltent, Old Steine Gardens Brighton BN1 1GY, as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival 2019. Tickets available here