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FIVE FAST FRINGE QUESTIONS with Ellie Dubois of No Show

woman in striped leotard rotatimng on a giant hoop in front of fellow circus performers

It's that time of year when we launch our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A's. First up is Ellie Dubois of innovative circus production, No Show. In one sentence tell us about your show. No Show is a contemporary circus show performed by five extremely talented female circus performers exploring desperate attempts and heroic failures, glorious achievements and bruised bodies and ...

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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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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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Around – Jacksons Lane, London

Director: Kalle Lehto Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Roll up, roll up, it’s time for a different kind of circus experience! Designed specifically for children, Race Horse Company’s new performance effortlessly blends acrobatics, juggling and clowning with humour and a live musical score. Gentle, engaging and delightful throughout, Around is perfectly-pitched children’s theatre. The four-strong cast is made up of circus performers ...

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Exeter Cabaret Show – Exeter Phoenix

Director: Cast with additional direction by Peter Massey Reviewer: Charlie Hackett A riotous mix of clowning, juggling, magic and mayhem, variety troupe Slightly Fat Features set the stage ablaze with their latest comedy cabaret. MC Goronwy Thom, welcomes the audience with genuine warmth, oozing natural wit and charm, playfully teasing latecomers and seemingly in his element. What follows is an ...

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Cul De Sac: Circus for Grown Ups – Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Creators: Jose Triguero and Gemma Palomer Reviewer: Simon Topping From the darkness a small glow of light briefly bathes a standing man with a full cucumber protruding from his mouth.  Suddenly the light is gone.  It is clear from this opening that Cul de Sac is not a normal circus performance by any means. Devised by Jose Triguero, an internationally ...

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Circus Tsuica: Opus 7 – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Holly Sharp “Are you here for the circus?” an usher asks on arrival at The Lowry. It’s not a question you’ll hear often, a fact on which Circus Evolution, an Arts Council funded scheme aiming to build audiences for contemporary circus, is rooted. It’s a pretty full house for Opus 7, so the scheme must be doing something right. ...

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Briefs! – London Wonderground, South Bank

Creators: Briefs Factory Reviewer: Tom Finch “Out watching a cabaret show on a Tuesday night, you bunch of trashbags” was the words the audience were greeted with (though with considerably more expletives) on Press Night for the fourth year of Briefs!, an all male ‘boylesque’ group with a penchant for thrusting, gyrating and, of course, stripping. The evening of saucy, ...

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