David Eriksson is charismatic as hell, totally cool and a little bit crazy, and his first solo show is a whirlwind of ride – wacky and wild and wonderful, yet peppered with moments of introspection that reveal the gentle soul of the King Kong of ping pong.
Hailing from Sweden, David is a brilliant circus entertainer with incredible stage presence, an effortless comedian and natural acrobat who’s not afraid to show a bit of vulnerability.
Having toured the world with La Soirée and Circus Cirkör, he made his debut at Fringe World last year in El Bizarro, and has this time returned to star in a full-length show that was premiered in Poland and performed in Sweden, Argentina, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
With an endless supply of props and relentless energy, Pink on the Inside is a manic feat of juggling, comedy and acrobatics, set to loud rock music and met with a decent amount of swagger. It’s undoubtedly fun but elicits more of an emotional connection than typical circus comedy, as David peels away the layers and gives the performance a deeper meaning.
From wooden spoons, wine glasses and balloons, to a toilet plunger, axe, feathers, clogs and pink high heels, David works with more props than you could fit in Mary Poppins’ magic bag, always leaving you wondering what he will pull out next.
As bizarre and clever as they are, the tricks and skits are only part of the act. While David is a little bit dark, a little bit dangerous and a whole lot of mesmerising, the real joy comes from the juxtaposition of his tough and almost intimidating image with a silly and sensitive personality.
Pink on the Inside is in turns impressive and ridiculous, and all you really need to know is that David is full to bursting with talent and personality. He’s a star on the rise and I can’t wait to see where he goes from here.
Pink on the Inside is on every night until 9 February at the Black Flamingo in the Pleasure Garden.
Photos by Dan Zeplin
*I received tickets to this show in exchange for my review (thanks Fringe World Festival). All opinions are my own.