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‘A rollicking good night out’: LA SOIREE – West End

In Cabaret, Circus, London theatre, Opinion, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the sensuous experience of watching a circus show, and how reviews – coming generally from a theatrical tradition – usually privilege the conceptual meaning of a production over the sensational meanings written through our physiological responses. This is an attempt not to do that!

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NEWS: Network of Independent Critics 2017 Edinburgh participants announced

In Cabaret, Circus, Comedy, Dance, Musicals, News, Opera, Plays, Reviews by Daniel PerksLeave a Comment

Each critic will see a minimum of 15 performances within their specialist area, and their responses may include traditional written reviews, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, tweets and visual responses. Last year, over 400 reviews were produced by 19 participating critics, as well as additional social media content and reportage.

CATCH ME – Underbelly Southbank

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

Originally from Quebec, Flip FabriQue deliver Attrape Moi; meaning Catch Me; in London as part of an international tour to Tenerife, Edinburgh, the USA and Quebec Canada. For seventy-five minutes, performers Christophe Hamel, Bruno Gagnon, Hugo Ouellet Côté, Jérémie Arsenault, Camila Comin and Yann Leblanc, showcase a range of skills that are, (if a little tenuously at times), threaded together by a loose theme of travelling with friends.

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

Last time I saw circus mixed with flapper era razzle-dazzle and golden-age Hollywood themes, it was in the Broadway musical debut of Cirque Du Soleil, Paramour. Now, Gostinitsa – the outstanding new show from Moscow State Circus – takes the same glamorous aesthetic but eschews attempts at plot, setting its high-skill acts within the comings and goings of a fantasy hotel.

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In Circus, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

Outside it’s damp, and dark by 5pm, making the coloured lights and vibrant temptations inside the Gandey’s tent even more enticing. This is a traditional show (sans animals, as is the current fashion) and, after passing through the foyer tent with its hot and cold concessions stand, my first thrill comes from heading down the blue canvas corridor, sides crossed with bunting, to emerge into the main arena filled with feel-good modern pop music.

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John Lawson’s Circus – Halloween 2015

In Circus, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

The half-term holidays signal the return of John Lawson’s Circus to the West Hagley garden centre and, this year, I’m off work so I get to visit. I am expecting a show for children with the hour-long running time – to fit in three shows a day – and am pleased to discover that this doesn’t mean a half-hearted entertainment as it sometimes can.

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360 ALLSTARS – Edinburgh Fringe

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

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 9th August 2015 Even without the projected dictionary definitions that start the show, it’s understood that the 360 of the title is all about revolutions of a circular sense; within a very short while, it’s also clear that this Australian show revolutionises the traditional circus form for a youth culture of today, […]