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CIRCUS DIARIES at #edfirnge: Closer by Circa

In Cabaret, Circus, Edinburgh Festival, Features, Festivals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland, Touring by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

In 2013, Circa won a Total Theatre ‘Significant Contribution’ Award at Edinburgh Fringe, for pushing the boundaries of what 21st Century circus can look like. Their offering this year, Closer, takes some of the material from last year’s Close Up, and repackages it into a fine example of classic Circa that, whilst not expanding into new territories, showcases what the company do best.

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CLOSER – Udderbelly

In Circus, Dance, London theatre, Opinion, Reviews by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

Five performers gleefully throw themselves around the stage inside Southbank’s upside down purple cow. Displays of tumbling, trapeze and acrobatics abound, but what makes Australian company Circa’s show different from other circus isn’t their physical skill. Closer is full of unadulterated joy and celebration of human intimacy. Personality is on show as much as circus skills are, and Closer is a powerful reminder to share our emotions with those around us because it feels great to connect with others.

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CIRCUS DIARIES: The Return by Circa

In Cabaret, Circus, Festivals, Opinion, Reviews, Touring by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

Australian company Circa arrive back on UK shores with a wash of scenes that paint a tense journey of migrancy, and the pressures that can bring to human relationships. The six acrobats (Nathan Boyle, Daniel O’Brien, Nicole Faubert, Bridie Hooper, Brittannie Portelli, Duncan West) are joined by classical musicians who play themes from Monteverdi’s opera Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, which also appear in colder, reworked digital adaptations.

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CLOSE UP – Edinburgh Fringe

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

Underbelly George Square, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 10th August 2015 The Close Up perspective we get in Circa‘s latest World Premiere is not, as might be expected, from any unusual proximity to the artists (for that, try Ellie DuBois’ Ringside), but from an exposure to the practical aspects of a circus lifestyle behind the glamour. In contrast to the […]

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My Edinburgh Diary: From Love Birds to solo shows, politics, circus, stand-up and more

In Edinburgh Festival, Features, Festivals, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Food poisoning, the infamous “festival flu” or some other strain of (literally) gut-wrenching misery? Whatever it was, I became quite violently ill on the train journey home from Edinburgh yesterday. When we arrived at King’s Cross station in London, my partner Peter had to half-carry me into a taxi to take me home, where I […]