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Circus 1903 – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Neil Dorward Reviewer: Jo Beggs An hour into Circus 1903 there’s an interval. It barely feels as though you’ve been in your seat for five minutes when the lights go up. Everyone is smiling. They’re smiling because this American contemporary circus company have brilliantly brought back some of the old-school magic that early-twentieth-century audiences would have been wowed by ...

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Circus 1903 – Birmingham Hippodrome

Director: Neil Dorward Reviewer: John Kennedy Circus 1903 celebrates an intoxicatingly dexterous, fin de siecle, imaginarium of itinerant acrobatic eccentrica; a through-the-looking-glass shimmering construct of eye-popping impossibilities conjuring reminiscences of Ray Bradbury’s American mid-west novellas. For most certainly tonight something deliciously well wicked this way comes. Relishing in exotic, alliterative narratives, Ringmaster Willy Whipsnade (David Williamson), part Emcee, part side-show ...

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Circa: Humans – The Lowry, Salford.

Writers: Yaron Lifschitz/Circa Ensemble. Director: Yaron Lifschitz Reviewer: Sam Lowe A pre-show ritual of stretching and changing costume takes place as the ensemble warm up for a spectacle which explores the myriad of ways that the body can move. It’s about them. There is no set, just plenty of dancing fog etching the actions of the acrobats if only for ...

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Cirque Berserk! – Pleasance EICC, Edinburgh

Director: Beau Denning Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Founded and produced by Martin Burton of Zippo Circus, Cirque Berserk! is a packed hour showcasing a myriad of circus artists in all different disciplines. From traditional acts such as tumblers and aerialists to daredevil motorcyclists, there is certainly something for everyone. Opened by the superb Timbuktu Tumblers, Cirque Berserk! gets off to a ...

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Toruk: The First Flight  – Manchester Arena

Writer/Director: Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon Reviewer: Alisha McCracken Toruk – The First Flight, written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon and inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, is the latest Cirque du Soleil show to hit the stages of the UK. It tells the story of a natural disaster threatening to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, and as ...

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Ockram’s Razor: This Time – The Lowry, Salford

Directors: Charlotte Mooney & Alex Harvey Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The examination of the inter-generational is the driving force of Ockram’s Razor’s new show. A company specifically interested in aerial work their shows lie somewhere between physical theatre and circus with simplicity running through its core. This Time is a piece that wants to explore different ages, bodies, and the idea ...

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Transit – Underbelly Festival: Southbank, London

Director: Alexandre Fecteau Reviewer: Margarita Shivarova Flip Fabrique present a strong performance that can shake and break the walls of a small theatre alongside its audience imagination of what circus artists can do. The vibrant production offers a well-suited for the Underbelly Festival combination of acrobatic sequences, circus tricks, clown-like sketches supported by a touching narrative about life, friendships, good ...

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Cirque Berserk – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Cirque Berserk is as its title suggests – a raucous circus with a carnival atmosphere. This carnival quality is unsurprising when you consider the diverse nationalities of the acts, including performers from Brazil, Cuba, Mongolia, France, and that’s only a few. Cirque Berserk are clearly, and rightly, proud of the range of cultures that make each act ...

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