Party Ghost

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (comedy, physical theatre)

  • Assembly Checkpoint - Assembly Checkpoint
  • 14:55
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Australia
  • Group: Double Take
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience participation, Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strobe lighting
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Cirque, theatre, death and drag come together in this exquisite macabre production. Expect to see a wild mix of dismembered limbs, ghosts and all sorts of outrageous and disturbing shenanigans. Fans of high-level circus and dark comedy will find Party Ghost refreshing, jaw-dropping and hauntingly hilarious. It's not for the faint of heart – so come prepared for a little bit of boo and a whole lot of bang for your buck! Winner Overall Best Circus and Physical Theatre, Adelaide Fringe 2023.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Large flight of stone steps up to the performance venue, which is on the first floor.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Rebecca Hanbury 98 days ago

Atrocious nonsense.

The first five minutes of trapeze work are exceptional and then it’s rapidly and steeply downhill.

An unbearable hour of what feels like two kids running around their living room with sheets on their heads whilst someone constantly moves a table in and out of the space.

There is very little skill or point to anything once the trapeze ends and we just have two performers pretending to bang their heads on tables and playing long winded pass the parcel with the audience. It’s directionless and dull.

Obnoxious, lazy and the worst seating set up at the fringe (you can’t cram that many people in to one space without tiering the chairs!).

I’m not sure what show the 3 star reviewers are talking about as we were clearly watching a very different show. I decided at the start of the fringe I’d only leave positive reviews but I really don’t want anyone else wasting £15 of their hard earned cash…

I’m someone who likes to believe all art has merit….but this was absolutely abysmal.

Doug The Jambo 100 days ago

Been going to the Fringe since 1980 and I've never seen juggling like that before. Highly recommend,

Russell Emeny 104 days ago

A very silly show (in a good way). Strong performances with fun acrobatics. Non-tiered seating means it’s a struggle to see all the action. The juggling bombed as it was invisible to many in the audience. Jokes were good but avoid if you are easily triggered by comedic themes of death, suicide or dismembered limbs. Leave your brain behind and have fun at this zany show. Recommended.

Grace 105 days ago

If you're looking for something weird and different with plenty of humour sprinkled in, this is the show for you! The acrobatics were also amazing and overall it was a lot of fun, though be prepared for some dark content. I agree with what others have said about the venue - with the seating not being tiered and the stage not being very high up, it was easy to miss some aspects of the show which was a bit annoying. Hopefully this can be reviewed if the show comes back next year.

Oliver 106 days ago

Completely unclassifiable dance physical theatre circus clowning mashup. Oodles of creativity, humour, death, birthday parties and severed limbs. I'll never see sax playing in the same way again!

5 stars.

Dancing Sloth 107 days ago

Excellent. Highly recommended. But not if you have just lost a loved one, or if you are triggered by brief suicide references, slapstick violence, or strobe lighting.
It is surprising, clever, and certainly makes you gasp.
Very black. Very goth. Very funny.

Neil 110 days ago

A warning for this show: it features strong references to suicide. We bought tickets for this as all the website says is that it contains 'potentially triggering themes', but once we turned up and realised it was specifically suicide references, some of our group left without staying to watch as that was too sensitive.

Those of us that stayed did enjoy the show. There were moments of impressive displays of talent, along with some moments of slapstick and a few surprises along the way. Would recommend this to anyone who likes their entertainment with a hint of gothic eeriness, and a very distinct sense of humour.

Elli Mansfield 111 days ago

This was quirky fringe at its finest. Circus, theatre, death and drag. Two ghosts putting on a birthday party with pass the parcel, balloon animals and trapeze. Just to note there are four points of very prolonged strobe in this piece.

It's a shame about the venue - it felt so claustrophobic as we were packed in and had really bad sightlines, we were only 5 rows back and missed a lot of the action!

johnh 111 days ago

NBNB 4 stars and terrific -But BE SURE TO ARRVE EARLY -THE AUDITORIUM FLOOR IS NOT CANTILEVERED AND ON THE DATE OF MY VISIT (12th August) I was at the back and there were at least 75 seats set up and filled with no half way respectable view of the stage -SOME THEN GOT UP AND STOOD AT THE BACK AND SOME JUST LEFT.


Matt S 114 days ago

Incredible athleticism of the performers and fantastic to see performers of this style be so funny and twisted within this space. Very fun and engaging. I do have one critique that has been a bit of a theme across Edinburgh but companies that are performing in venues and choose to stage some (or a lot) of their show seated or on the floor...the sightlines in the space absolutely do not lend itself to it so we missed chunks of the show that were hard to see because of the seating. Would love to see it in a different venue, or much much closer to the front anyway!

Vicki 115 days ago

Weird and unexpected but loved it. The performers were amazing!

Colleen 119 days ago

Unexpectedly funny, and the 2 performers are very good and skilled the 'adele' is so funny I thought I was going to pee.

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euronews 105 days ago

Easily one of the most exciting of the circus acts on this year.

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Theatre Weekly (3/5 stars) 106 days ago

Dark humour is at the heart of this genre-bending homage

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Lost In Theatreland (4/5 stars) 107 days ago

this is a death-day party you do not want to miss.

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 109 days ago

The absurdist comedy show mixes old-school circus into cabaret and drag forming a beautifully macabre aesthetics.

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The Telegraph (4/5 stars) 112 days ago

a spooky-but-silly sketch show, and a frighteningly inventive one to boot.

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Fest (4/5 stars) 115 days ago

Beyond the clowning, inventive choreography and relentless display of skill though, Party Ghost is pure silliness and gothic bedlam – perfect for any and all purveyors of the spooky.

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