Roll up, roll up for the world’s strongest tongue

Image: Hoopla Festival.

I always love a good circus performance and Sydney’s annual circus, sideshow and street theatre festival is on again at Darling Harbour this Easter weekend. As always there will be acrobatics, antics, fire-breathing, busking acts and roving performers. Plus a chance to participate in juggling, plate spinning and stilt walking in the kids’ zone.

Sadly, this year you have to book tickets for the indoor shows. They’re not too expensive and kids under 13 are free, but it’s very hard to work out from the website whether you’re likely to want to commit to seeing a particular show at a particular time. It’s just not the same as wandering about and spontaneously deciding to go and see something that looks good on the day.

Still there are quite a range of interesting sounding acts. The line-up includes a great many hula-hoop performers attached to adjectives ranging from “chaotic” to “hardcore”; the world’s strongest tongue; and a show that involves imagining that “the world’s a cross between an aquarium and a marshmallow”.

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