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Monday, October 23, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: As a Tiger in the Jungle by Katharine Kavanagh

A girl sits huddled inside an aerial cage, a sphere suspended in space, tethered to the figure of Aman Tamang, glittering in the darkness behind a sail-like rigging structure, which combines…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The other comic relief: how clowns bring joy to war zones by Katharine Kavanagh

There’s more to clowning than red noses and big tops – Katharine Kavanagh looks at the groups using their circus skills to

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Monday, August 7, 2017

How a Budapest circus brings Paris nightlife to Edinburgh by Katharine Kavanagh

On his return to Edinburgh, Bence Vagi tells Katharine Kavanagh how seeing a variety of contemporary circus performers in the Scottish capital

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

THE CIRCUS DIARIES: Uncle Sam’s Great American Circus by Katharine Kavanagh

A big red, white ‘n’ blue tent sits in the corner of the park, surrounded by big American style trucks to match, all emblazoned with circus imagery for Uncle Sam’s Great American Circu…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

THE CIRCUS DIARIES: Aceleré by Katharine Kavanagh

Stalking in with a whisper and out with a boom, Circolombia are on a Welsh stage for the first time, bringing their urban energy and Latin rhythms to Bangor’s purpose built circus centre w…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

THE CIRCUS DIARIES: Close Encounters by Katharine Kavanagh

Watch our video review of Briefs' latest show, straight from London and featuring our own close encounter with guest critic Laura Kressly.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

THE CIRCUS DIARIES: Lunatique by Katharine Kavanagh

A white circus tent with strings of fairy lights and goblin-sculpture guardians sits under the trees in the University of Muenster’s campus grounds. During the day it has been home to an i…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Circus Scoop July 2017 by Katharine Kavanagh

The UK towns and countryside look busy as ever with festivals and free events adding to the circus fare this month. Anything else we should be looking out for or reporting on?

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Friday, June 16, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Big Top Typewriter by Katharine Kavanagh

Here is a book that hits all my buttons: It’s a book about circus; it’s a book about writing; most importantly, it’s a book about writing about circus! David Lewis Hammarstrom wrote hi…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Hyena by Katharine Kavanagh

Beautiful singing from Lil Rice and the compositions of Ollie Clark, which warm us with percussion-conjured cicadas, bullfrogs and buried tribal memories, are as enveloping as I remember. Th…

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CIRCUS DIARIES: The Band by Katharine Kavanagh

Inside the art warehouse space of the Invisible Wind Factory, the smell of incense, free glitter and revolving ceiling decor have already set the scene for the height of Bruno & Sandy…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Three reviews by Katharine Kavanagh

Watch our vlog reviews of: Circa in a graveyard, with students from the National Centre of Circus Arts; Jay Millers Circus in a country fair, with a series of circus model makers.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: June 2017 Circus News by Katharine Kavanagh

The months move quickly, and with them the touring, tenting and special-eventing circuses of the world. Here’s what’s going down in the UK this June.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

THE CIRCUS DIARIES: Our birthday vlog by Katharine Kavanagh

Yes, The Circus Diaries is 4 years old this week and, this year, our birthday milestone is the creation of a new vlog feature on YouTube. What have we learnt from attempt number one?

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Gostinitsa by Katharine Kavanagh

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 outst…

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CIRCUS DIARIES: Any Port In A Storm by Katharine Kavanagh

Dressing up boxes, jewels, and the English countryside are three of the prominent phrases that stick in my mind from the Giffords Circus website. And, as if by magic, they have all been brou…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Circus Zyair by Katharine Kavanagh

Circus Zyair was one of the first classic tenting companies I ever saw, back in 2014. I remember loving the show, and the review I wrote has been consistently one of the most visited pages o…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Mooky & Mr Boo’s Circus Spectacular by Katharine Kavanagh

Mooky, as interpreted by Laci Endresz Jr, is the third-generational incarnation of the clown, and the show is built around his character and the teasing interactions played out with his brot…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: May circus scoop by Katharine Kavanagh

May’s circus forecast is here! Third time’s the charm, they say, let us know if we’ve got it right… what are we missing?

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Friday, April 28, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: It’s Not Yet Midnight by Katharine Kavanagh

The first time I saw Cie XY in their latest show, It’s Not Yet Midnight (or, as it was then, titled in its original French, Il N’est Pas Encore Minuit), I knew nothing of what to expect,…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Circus Evolution: Propelling top acts around the world by Katharine Kavanagh

Creative producer Crying Out Loud has spent 15 years crossing borders with high-quality visual performance, presenting international artists to UK venues and

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How Blackpool Tower Circus has stayed at the top for 100 years by Katharine Kavanagh

Every spring for more than a century, the Blackpool Tower Circus has opened its doors to present a new season to locals

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: The future is circus at Canvas 2017 by Katharine Kavanagh

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 profe…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Taival by Company Nuua by Katharine Kavanagh

The second show from Company Nuua is a poetic sideshow philosophy of beauty, life, and pain. There is dark. There is bright. There is flesh. There are hugs, and struggles (which, themselves,…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Romeo & Juliet by Omidaze by Katharine Kavanagh

The promenade production is set, for the most part, in the backstage area of Ffwrnes, Carmarthenshire’s newly designated circus-theatre centre. We begin, however, in the foyer, where tele…

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Friday, March 31, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: April’s Circus Scoop by Katharine Kavanagh

The second of our monthly what’s on where videos for circus in the UK.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: The New American Circus by Ernest Albrecht by Katharine Kavanagh

Ernest Albrecht is the foremost circus writer in the US and, although this book is now over 20 years old, it still holds a wealth of information that’s relevant to circus companies today.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Anyday by Katharine Kavanagh

Max likes birds. Max really likes birds. Max also likes setting the scene… really really well. Something Max doesn’t seem to like is risk. Unfortunately for this show.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: March Circus News by Katharine Kavanagh

This month we made a pilot for a monthly ‘What’s On’ guide for circus in the UK. Let us know what you think!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Betwixt & Between, by CirqOn The Seam by Katharine Kavanagh

The show is an exploration of connection between the two women in an abstract world. I don’t know who they are, or why they’re here (I imagine some unspoken Godot), but I recognise the i…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

TEN – Bristol by Katharine Kavanagh

Circomedia’s third year students show us what they’ve learnt in their final ensemble project, Ten. Made in only a few weeks, and to be taken on tour around South of England and Wales, l…

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