Wild Onion

Grief is such a powerful and universal part of the human experience. It is tenderly shared and explored by the trio of real life friends that make up the cast of Wild Onion. A production that feels like a warm hug and a cup of tea after a hard day. You feel welcomed into their inner circle and it was truly a privilege to share in such an open vulnerable piece of theatre.

A production that feels like a warm hug and a cup of tea after a hard day

Daisy, Rachel and Hayley are immediately likeable and relatable. They build an instant rapport with the audience allowing you to feel comfortable to laugh and / or cry with them. Their on stage relationships are sweet and tender and provide the perfect backdrop for this touching story of teenage, loss and healing.

The story is presented in the style of a cabaret with different mini acts forming interludes between sections of the narrative. It was unfortunately these sections where the show, listed under circus, were somewhat underwhelming. This goes even more so when you compare the show to the wealth of circus talent there is available at the festival. These interludes included putting onions down a top, juggling onions and a lip sync which felt significantly drawn out. A highlight of these was a section performed by Rachel where they aggressively smashed leeks against the ground which felt cathartic to even just watch.

Daisy warns the audience at the start of the show about the “onion splash zone” and offered anyone who wants it the chance to move further away. While this is greatly appreciated I will give you an extra warning about the unmention “onion stingy eye zone”, I did not consider this and wish I had. The onion metaphor works well and feels genuine while at the same time providing a quirky, engaging gimmick - just how many ways can three people use onions of various shapes, sizes and varieties.

Orange skies have created a truly unique and engaging way of delivering a well structured story with a big heart (and a big clear up at the end). Although it may not be the most complex or awe inspiring circus skills you will see it may be one of the most imaginative uses.

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Reviews by Gillian Bain

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This is the onion-smashing, cyr-wheeling, tear-jerking tale of friendship. Styled like a cabaret, told like a story, join three besties and 100 onions in this punk delight where growth gets messy. Meet Daisy, Jaide and Rachel, real life best friends, the day before the memorial service of their fourth bestie. Differently affected by the loss, and with gutsy teenage rage and compassion, they process raw emotions through raw onions and learn their collective strength to grow. With circus, lip sync, and techno bops, bring your bestie and beware the onion splash zone!

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