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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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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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