FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Pink On The Inside – David Eriksson (4 stars)

Review by Laura Money

David Eriksson is a performer like no other. His unique blend of Scandinavian charm and dextrous circus ability create a one-of-a-kind show that will leave you reeling! Eriksson is usually known as the ping-pong man. He has cultivated a skillset that sees him perform amazing feats with ping-pong balls – namely juggling them from his mouth, and using his tongue to projectile them onto targets. Pink On The Inside takes all of the Eriksson classics and turns them up a notch, adding new and exciting feats.

The show is bizarre – there are buckets and random items strewn around the stage, the backstage curtain appears to be made of toilet paper, and there is an ominous tarp covering the front of the stage. Eriksson bursts onto the stage to a Heavy Metal track, bald head and eyeliner accompanying his scandi-metal look. His style is erratic as he moves from microphone to items to juggle, from balancing acts to eating apples. The first major trick involves spikes and apples – hence the tarp – and sees the audience squirm a little in anticipation.

Eriksson then reveals his soft side. At the heart of this show, behind the clever tricks and amazingly daring circus acts, is a vulnerable man with a love and passion for the arts. The finale is balletic and stunning in its simplicity, yet intensely complex to execute. And that sums up Eriksson himself – an elegant and sophisticated performer who makes the complex look simple.


When: 27th January – 9th February 2017 | 10:00pm

Where: Black Flamingo | The Pleasure Garden | PERTH

Tickets: $21 – $26

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Recommended 18+