Amanda Palmer's son reviews the Fringe

We had some ice cream with Ash Palmer Gaiman (aged four) and saw Petit Circus, Brass Monkeys and rode the Ferris wheel in the Garden.

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Ash and Amanda Palmer
Photo by Chloe Elizabeth
Published 17 Feb 2020

Petit Circus @ Gluttony

A trio of crafty acrobats whip up some tasty dishes in their fancy restaurant

Interviewed on the Ferris wheel in The Garden of Unearthly Delights


Fest: Did you like the show?

Ash: Yes! What were those three people doing?

They were making food. They were making circus food!


Did you like the man playing the ukulele after he realised he didn’t have his violin?

But his violin got eaten by the dwarves! (A very creative interpretation - this does not happen in the show - Ed.)

What about when he played the ukulele upside down? 

(nods, clearly interested by the Ferris wheel)

What was your favourite part of the show?

Making pizza!

Would you tell your friends about the show?


Did you like the hula-hooper?

Uh-huh! What was she?

A hula-hooper!

(entranced by the wheel) We’re doing it so many times!

If you told someone about the show what would you say?

(still fixated on the wheel) We’ve already been this way!

Would you say it was a good circus show?

Where are we going to?

We’re going around and around!

But where are we going to? I wanna see what’s at the top of the sky. 

Anything else you want to say about the show?

There was a ukulele-er, a pizza-er, and a hula-hooper.

Did you have fun?

(Silence – fully distracted.)

Okay, well do you like the Ferris wheel?


Five stars for the Ferris wheel?

(Counting everyone in the carriage) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5!

Brass Monkeys @ The Garden of Unearthly Delights

Two cheeky circus clowns realise their dreams of being in a brass marching band

Interviewed outside The Factory in The Garden of Unearthly Delights


Ash: I wanna get some jelly candy.

Fest: Did you like the show?


What did you like the most?

Being sick!

You were sick? Oh, the mojo! (This makes sense in the show - trust us. - Ed.)

What else did you like? Did you like the trombone?

(singing his own tune, a bit like a trumpet)

Did you like it when she was sad?


Did you like it when he was sad?


Did you like lying down on the floor during the show? (Sugar crash - Ed.)


What was under the seats when you were looking?

It was dark and creepy! What was in the deep part?

Was it the mojo?



Amanda Palmer's run in Adelaide has concluded, but her tour continues in Australia and New Zealand - see for details