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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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BRIGHTON FESTIVAL: Backbone – Brighton Dome

Creators: Gravity and Other Myths Reviewer: Simon Topping Award-winning, internationally renowned, Australian circus company, Gravity and Other Myths (GOM) enter the stage looking like a very cool advert for GAP (other clothing manufacturers are available). Since their inception in 2009, Adelaide’s ten-strong performance group have rocketed to acclaim with a series of disarmingly accomplished ensemble works. Their work, Backbone, tests ...

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A Simple Space – Underbelly Festival: Southbank, London

Reviewer: Sophia Moss When was the last time you stood on someone’s head? Or balanced upside down with one arm on a person’s shoulders? The performers in Gravity and Other Myths, the award-winning Australian circus company, do all this and much, much more during their hour-long performance of A Simple Space. A Simple Space is performed on a small, black stage ...

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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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