SIRO-A – Edinburgh Fringe

In Circus, Dance, Edinburgh Festival, Festivals, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

Assembly George Square Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 8th August 2015 If circus is about taking physical human skills and presenting them in surprising and entertaining ways, then Siro-A is the realm where digital skills and dance combine, in a series of performed ‘acts’. It is also very much about us as the audience being amazed, and […]

SOMETHING – Edinburgh Fringe

In Circus, Dance, Edinburgh Festival, Festivals, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 8th August 2015 Something is a comic flickbook of everyday fantasy, presented by Italian company Liberi-Di. The seven performers each have a natural humour in their presentation, and excellent physical technique – including superb tricking skills that, somehow, always seem cooler than the traditional acrobatic repertoire. I am transfixed for […]

NEWS: Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Open

In Edinburgh Festival, News by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

Almost 20,000 people witnessed the opening event of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival when The Harmonium Project lit up the outside of the Usher Hall.

Designed to celebrate 50 years of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the free outdoor animated performance saw artworks designed by 59 Productions projected onto the hall, in synchronisation with John Adams’ mesmerising choral work Harmonium.

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Love Birds: How to cast penguins and parrots in a new musical

In Children's theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion by Guest BloggersLeave a Comment

How do you cast a new musical that requires a cast of parrots and penguins? After 14 years of casting films, TV dramas and plays, seasoned casting director Stephen Moore makes his musical theatre casting debut with Love Birds, a family musical by Robert J Sherman (son of Robert B Sherman of the Sherman Brothers fame) which premieres at next month’s Edinburgh Fringe.

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In Circus, Edinburgh Festival, Manchester, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Kristy StottLeave a Comment

4 x 4 Ephemeral Architectures invites two beautiful, but integrally different, art forms to share a stage for the first time. Directed by internationally renowned juggler Sean Gandini and with choreography by Royal Ballet dancer Ludovic Ondiviela, Gandini Juggling return to The Lowry to collaborate with classical ballet dancers.


In Edinburgh Festival, London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

Fridays aren’t serious reviewing nights and the friend who suggested this piece to me described it as “some shit for gays” which despite our shared and enthusiastic homosexuality is the shorthand we use for frothy-to-filthy comedies of the sort often presented at venues in Vauxhall. But the King’s Head was on the way to a nice restaurant, so what the hell, and it’s a preview for the Edinburgh Fringe which may save me the bother of two urticarious weeks in midge-ridden Scotland.

BETA TESTING – Udderbelly, Southbank

In Circus, Edinburgh Festival, London theatre, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

With August looming over the horizon, there comes a time when the critic needs to harden up, sit on some prickly astroturf leaning on a dustbin, eating a falafal wrap and staring up forebodingly at an enormous upturned purple inflatable cow. Just to remember that it’ll soon be time to brace up for the Edinburgh Fringe. Luckily, London has its own Udderbelly season now, with every kind of oddity and adventure and show-off and physical-theatre explosion. So down I went to see the Circus Geeks explain the nature and psychology of juggling.