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Cirque du Soleil: OVO – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Writer/Director: Deborah Colker Reviewer: John Roberts  Performed for the first time almost a decade ago, OVO,the 25thproduction for Canadian based Cirque du Soleil goes on out on its first ever UK tour following a record-breaking run at the Royal Albert Hall earlier in the year. Created by Brazilian director and choreographer Deborah Colker, OVO– which translates as egg in Portuguese ...

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Latitude Festival: Recirquel Contemporary Circus | Paris De Nuit

Reviewer: Kris Hallett The circus has always held an allure. There is a reason that running away to join the circus has always held an allure. Its form has taken many forms over the years, from family entertainment to stunt shows, but at its heart, there is something of the night about it; the forbidden and the illicit sliding side by ...

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Circa’s Peep Show – Underbelly Festival, London

Director: Yaron Lifschitz Reviewer: Sophia Moss A human pyramid stands before us. Three men in sparkly, colourful shorts stand at the bottom, three women balances on their shoulders and a fourth (Rowan Heydon-White), who we still believe to be an unwitting member of the audience, stands at the top, her head almost level with the ceiling.  The audience shrieks as ...

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The Elephant Man – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Bernard Pomerance Music: Keith Tempest Set Designer: Caitlin Abbott Director: Lee Lyford Reviewer: Julia Beasley It’s a brave decision to take on such discomforting subject matter as the life of ‘elephant man’ John Merrick. But Bristol Old Vic, in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and diversity champions Diverse City, have triumphed with this theatrical gem that wrings ...

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The Exploded Circus – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Mimbre Director: Lina Johansson Composer : Quinta Reviewer: Dave Cunningham From the moment you walk into the theatre, it is obvious why the new show from female-led contemporary circus company Mimbre is called The Exploded Circus. The set by Loren Elstein comprises objects one might expect to see in a circus – a trick bicycle, yards of lights, hoops, ...

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Natalie Inside Out – The Lowry, Salford 

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Natalie Inside Out is a collaboration between hand-balancer Natalie Reckert and digital artist – and former circus artist – Mark Morreau. The show builds on the circus skills of Reckert and investigates and illuminates them using digital technologies, examining the relationship between the body as performance and reality, teasing at the seams where live acrobatics, film and digital ...

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The Bekkrell Effect – The Roundhouse, London

Performers: Groupe Bekkrell Reviewer: Richard Maguire A Punk circus in one of the homes of Punk seems like good marketing. In 1976, The Ramones played their first British gig at The Roundhouse in Camden and in the audience were members of The Clash, The Damned, and The Sex Pistols, the pioneers of British Punk. Punk is meant to angry, anarchic ...

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Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams  – Underbelly, Southbank

Director: Bichu Tesfamariam Reviewer: Richard Maguire You know it’s nearly summer when The Underbelly (once the Udderbelly) Festival pitches its tent on the Southbank, and, while the weather remains decidedly un-summery, Circus Abyssinia, the first headliner show of the season, raises the temperature to a sizzle. This circus is the hottest in town. From the breath-taking tumbling and somersaults that ...

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