Markers, tea and possibly a cracking clue about the design of the show – that, and more, is what we discover by looking at these rehearsal images for Two’s Company’s revival of James Saunders’ Bodies, which runs at Southwark Playhouse from 13 February to 9 March 2019. Have a peek, then book your tickets!
Disappearing with a travelling troupe used to be the only way to learn the tricks of the circus trade if you weren’t born into an established circus family. Over the last 50 years, however, that has been changing with an ever-increasing number of clubs, schools and training centres appearing around the world.
Contemporary circus is making ever-increasing ripples on the surface of the UK performing arts scene and, for three days every other spring, the Canvas showcasing event allows industry professionals to look deeper into the swell of current circus creation to access a range of productions that mainstream attention otherwise misses.
The first show I see is Demain, cannily themed around the itinerant life of street performers. Marie-Josée Gauthier, a regular teacher at the school as well as an actress and theatre director, has directed her coterie in a vibrant and accessible production that reveals the poignant edges between freedom and loneliness.