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Bêtes de Foire: Petit Théâtre de Gestes – The Barbican, London

Creators and Directors: Laurent Cabrol and Elsa de Witte Reviewer: Richard Maguire Playing as part of the London International Mime Festival, Bêtes de Foire, at the Barbican’s Pit theatre, doesn’t exceed anyone’s expectations of what mime entails, but this small circus show from France is executed with such old-world charm that it’s hard not to be swept away. The London ...

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Cirque du Soleil: OVO – Royal Albert Hall, London

Writer, Director and Choreographer: Deborah Colker Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Cirque du Soleil’s regular residencies at the Royal Albert Hall always guarantee an element of spectacle, with the visual flair that has become their trademark. The company’s latest show, a revival of OVO, which debuted in 2009 and was updated in 2015, visits the UK for the first time this year. ...

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Gandini Juggling: 8 Songs – The Lowry, Salford

Directors: Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala, artistic directors of Gandini Juggling, set out to prove that juggling can be an art form in its own right. This is not easy-most of us would regard juggling as a party trick or, at best, part of a wider form of entertainment like circus. It ...

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Pirates of the Carabina: Flown – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Despite what it sounds similar to this is not a show parodying swashbuckling seafaring, shanties, and swordfights – although one could be forgiven as we are greeted into the theatre by the sound of waves. Pirates of the Carabina are a troupe at the forefront of British circus and their show, Flown, has toured for a few ...

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Slava’s Snow Show – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

one yellow two green clowns with net

Created and staged by Slava Polunin It's nearly a quarter of a century since Slava Polunin debuted his Snow Show. Described by Polunin as "a comical meditation on life, death, and the beauty of the universe", it's been a hit in over 80 countries, along the way becoming a 20th and now 21st Century theatrical classic. At a purely surface ...

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Slava’s Snow Show – The Lowry, Salford

one yellow two green clowns with net

Creator: Slava Polunin Director: Viktor Kramer Reviewer: Andrea Allen With Halloween around the corner and the remake of Stephen King’s IT recently smashing the cinema box office, it seems like these days you’re never too far away from the red noses, painted faces and slapstick comedy that are a caulrophobics worst nightmare. Slavas Snow Show proves that clowning goes so ...

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Ongals: Babbling Comedy – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

four koren men dressed as toddlers in babygrows

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Following on the heels of the K-Pop phenomenon, Korean comedy troupe Ongals, bring their old-school with a new twist slapstick to the Fringe after successful runs in South East Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Clad in eye-popping toddler outfits, the rosy-cheeked, Three Stooges-haircut foursome combine magic, circus, mime, physical comedy, juggling, bell-ringing, breaking wind and beatboxing. Intending ...

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FIVE FAST FRINGE QUESTIONS with Jeannot Painchaud on Cirkopolis by Cirque Eloize

four men hold a woman in purple dress aloft

It's that time of year when we launch our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A's. Here, Jeannot Painchaud, President and Chief Creative Officer of Cirque Eloize, talks about Cirkopolis. In one sentence tell us about your show. Cirkopolis is a great blend of circus, dance, theatre with original music and innovative video projections. Cirkopolis is also a family, a ...

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