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No Show – Soho Theatre, London

Director:  Ellie Dubois Reviewer:  Richard Maguire 2018 saw the revival of the circus and no sooner had one circus left town than another one arrived. With so many metaphorical tents jostling for space, each circus company must have its own spin, its own style, in order to stand out from the competition. No Show’s unique approach is an odd one, ...

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Cirque Du Soleil: Totem – Royal Albert Hall, London

Writer and Director: Robert Lepage Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The combination of circus and evolutionary science may not seem like an obvious pairing but in theory Cirque Du Soleil are on to something with their new show Totem. At The Royal Albert Hall, made even more regal by the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, this premiere builds on ...

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Circus 1903  – The Royal Festival Hall, London

Director:  Neil Dorward Reviewer:  Richard Maguire 2018 has been a vintage year for circus in London. January was a little less cold with the sultry Becoming Shadesat the Vault Festival, while summer arrived early when Circus Abyssinia came to town in April. And favourites like the high adrenaline Cirque Berserk and the naughty Briefs still pull in the crowds. To finish the ...

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Gandini Juggling: Sigma – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Sean Gandini Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Last seen at The Lowry with Smashed, a piece about lost love and quaint afternoon tea, Gandini Juggling return with another one of their many shows. Sigma was developed and showcased at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival and has become part of the company’s repertoire of shows that tour around the world. Gandini Juggling has been ...

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Charge – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Music: Sophy Smith and Tim Dickinson Director: Kevin Finnan Choreography: Kevin Finnan, with additional material from the company Reviewer: Rich Jevons Charge is the final part of Motionhouse's Earth Trilogy, developing on themes explored in Scattered (2009) and Broken (2013), celebrating the company's 30th anniversary. Director Kevin Finnan worked closely with Professor Frances Ashcroft of Oxford University, author of The ...

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Depths of My Mind – The Lowry, Salford.

Writer: Scarabeus Aerial Theatre Directors: Daniela Essart and Peter Glanville Reviewer: Sam Lowe The Quays Theatre has thrillingly been transformed like never before tonight for Depths of My Mind. It is part of Manchester Science Festival 2018 and has been created in conversation with young people between the ages of 12 and 25. This immersive performance gives the audience an ...

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Cirkopolis – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Directors: Jeannot Painchaud and Dave St Pierre Choreographer: Dave St Pierre Composer: Stefan Boucher Reviewer: Lu Greer Cirkopolis, from the Montreal based troupe Cirque Éloize sold-out audiences across 50 countries before making its way to Norwich. Proclaiming the ability to challenge the limits of gravity and perform jaw-dropping feats against a backdrop of video projections, the theatre saw a packed ...

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No Show – The Lowry, Salford

Writer/Director: Ellie Dubois Reviewer: Sam Lowe It's time to go to the circus. Or, is it? This is no ordinary circus; the show title is no ordinary title. No Show unpacks what hides behind all the showmanship. It's not all glitz and glamour. There will be blood, sweat, and tears. We will witness the performers pushing themselves in the art ...

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