As you enter the Ukiyo tent in the relocated and wonderfully expanded Royal Croquet Club near the Adelaide Oval, a disembodied voice on the giant screen tells us to get our phones out. This departure from the usual announcement sets the stage for what is to come. A noise meter measures the loudness of cheering. Not loud enough; do it again. Once we are all primed, the three members of the Swedish troupe Sirqus Alfon come out into the arena, sparsely furnished with an electronic drum kit – and I Am Somebody begins.
The show launches into a fast paced collection of skits, electronic interactions and musical numbers. It’s a hi-tech affair, with the three guys at times becoming part of a video game, interacting with lasers or bending the concept of space and time.
Of course there is audience participation in all of these with an ode to the selfie generation a key part of the act. Audience members are invited to contribute and then see the results of their contributions on screen with hilarious results.
The show is great fun and even when we can “see behind the curtain” to watch how the magic happens, it’s still fascinating. Its almost part of the fun, to be able to have suspended belief while telling yourself it’s all a trick.
Sirqus Alfon’s I Am Somebody is a quirky, fun show that will leave you in stitches and realize that technology can be used for good as well as evil.
Sirqus Alfon: I Am Somebody‘s season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival has now ended. The reviewer attended the production on the 17th of February, 2017.