Thomas Gorham talks about bringing his family, circus, pirate show ARR WE THERE YET? to Edinburgh Fringe
Name: Thomas Gorham
Name of Edinburgh show: Arr we there yet?
Venue: Underbelly Circus Hub
Performance time: 12:00 pm
Show length: 45 minutes
Ticket price: from £9
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
My name is Thomas and I am a circus artist from Australia. I have been performing with Head First Acrobats for the past 4 years. We specialise in acrobatic comedy shows. Before becoming a circus performer, my main interest was in break dancing.
Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
Our show is a family show, it’s a comedy that follows three pirates who fight for the title of captain. There’s’ stormy weather, sharks, sunken treasure and lots of acrobatics and amazing stunts. Its full of jokes for young and old, in fact we have had parents come back to watch the show a second time, WITHOUT their kids!
How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
We have been perfecting this show for around 3 years. It has been touring Australia and Brighton in the UK. This is an inspirational show for people of all ages. Circus is not just an amazing artform it’s a fantastic way to stay in shape and be healthy. We inspire kids (and parents) to look beyond the normal what’s normal, safe and boring and see what’s possible!
Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Get down to the meadows, enjoy the sunshine on a good day. Don’t spend all your time in a dark bar at night. Get to the circus hub, everything there is high energy and fun.
What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
I once fell off the stage in front of 1200 people.
Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
There are a few. Malia Walsh from Circus Trick Tease. She can do everything related to Circus. Shes boss on stage, shes hilarious, shes a great director, super mum and mega boss lady who produces good shows and sells heaps of tikcets. Also my favourite show ever is 3 clowns called Sirqus Alfon. They have a show called “I am somebody”. It’s a musical, comedy, laser show, mime, clown, technology amazing awesome machine.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Pushups, jumping, stretching, all the boring stuff. Most of our rituals include telling bad jokes to the staff on site and making noise.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
The new show by BMT. Its called Shift and I loved bromance and Kin so I’m sure this one will be swell.
Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
This is the best kids show ever. Its 3 pirates doing amazing tricks and telling jokes that the kids don’t get fully and the adults laugh out loud. Its truly something for everyone.