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Goldilocks & The Three Bears – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Allan Stewart & Alan McHugh Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Dominic Corr How on earth have we arrived at Panto season again? Nary a month ago it felt as though Beauty & The Beast was playing at The King’s Theatre in Edinburgh, and now with tremendously happy crowds, our favourite trio returns to the stage once more. Yes, folks, not ...

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Lola – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Taina Kopra Reviewer: Andrea Allen If you thought a theatre piece exploring dementia would be the last place you’d see an underwear-clad woman wearing a horse mask swinging across a stage performing aerial acrobatics, you need to think again. Placing the experience of dementia under a darkly comic, at times surreal eye, Lumo Company’s Lola is a twisted, surreal ...

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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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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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Shift  – Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Performers: Barely Methodical Troupe Directors: Melissa Ellberger, Ella Robson Guilfoyle, and the cast Reviewer:  Richard Maguire In a show full of tumbles, throws and acrobatics, it may be surprising that the overall impression is one of gentleness. In Shift, Barely Methodical Troupe demonstrates how much joy can come from play and yet accompanying this joy is an undercurrent of melancholy. ...

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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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