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Summer of Circus Launch: Kin, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Devised: Barely Methodical Troupe and Ben Duke Director: Ben Duke Reviewer: Simon Topping The piece starts with a collective shout from the five male performers as they push and shove their way around each other; vying to gain the upper hand. A stern looking woman enters and the jostling stops; replaced with vain attempts of physical prowess to win her ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Greatest Liar in all the World – The Warren Main House

The Greatest Liar in all the World

Reviewer: Simon Topping Bursting onto the stage, a two-bit mentalist act and band of assistants try and raise enthusiasm in the crowd. It is not forthcoming. Feeling the need to end it all, the world-weary impresario attempts the “two-inch bullet catch”. But, just as he is about to pull the trigger, is persuaded by his companions to tell the story ...

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Out of this World – The Lowry, Salford

Writer and Director: Mark Murphy Reviewer: Andrea Allen Tracking the story of an injured woman’s disorientating stumble into a medically induced coma, Mark Murphy’s Out of this World combines aerial choreography with projection and sound in an ambitious attempt to enter the tumultuous depths of the comatose mind. Visually, Out of this World does a pretty good job of living ...

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Ringside – The Lowry, Salford

Trapeze artist Ellie Dubois swinging on trapeze using her legs

Reviewer: Jo Beggs A solitary audience member is taken through a locked door, into a bare breeze-block corridor which leads to the back of the Lyric stage. Through a second door, you’re plunged into the darkness of the stage, dark except for an empty trapeze glowing with soft golden light. A sharp line of light on the floor just inside ...

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Catch Me (Attrape-Moi) – Underbelly Festival, London

Original Concept: Flip Fabrique Director: Olivier Normand Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If you’ve ever dreamed of running away to the circus as a child, the bad news is the skill-set has been substantially upgraded. London has seen a renaissance in circus-based shows in recent years and the one thing they all have in common is the emphasis on gymnastic agility and ...

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Imbalance – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Imbalance

Creators: Joli Vyann & Jonathan Lunn Choreographer: Jonathan Lunn Reviewer: Glen Pearce As debate continues about the etiquette of, and some audience’s seemingly inability to, switching off social media while watching theatre, it's perhaps timely that the Joli Yvann company explore our obsession of our online virtual addiction. As the auditorium lights fade a couple are sat at a table, ...

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Cirque Berserk! – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Creative Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Cirque Berserk! starts with the announcement you never expect to hear in a theatre - keep your phones on, take photos and video, and tweet to your heart’s content. And you will definitely want to (especially when the robot walks out). The show is a healthy mix of traditional circus fare, like clowning ...

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The Voiceless – The Space, London

Director: Alice Langley Reviewer: Christy Ku The Voiceless - a performance that combines physical theatre, circus and dance to create a disappointing and awkward experience. The show opens with an overused cliché of performance theatre - they are unable to connect to each other so they stretch their hands towards each other before turning away, trying to touch and then ...

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