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Saturday, September 1, 2018

‘A stunning display of acrobatics combined with a refreshing playfulness’: BACKBONE – Royal Festival Hall by Katharine Kavanagh

Backbone, from the Australian company Gravity And Other Myths, is a stunning display of acrobatics, combined with a refreshing playfulness that has me feeling upbeat and strangely emboldened.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

‘Told almost exclusively through acrobatic & aerial techniques’: You & I – Edinburgh Fringe by Katharine Kavanagh

Go see You & I if you like: high-level circus technique, Disney films, romance, stage shows, men who aren’t afraid to show vulnerability.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

‘The combination of mesmerising manipulation & dry comedy left me wanting more’: GIBBON – Edinburgh Fringe by Katharine Kavanagh

It is a pleasure to watch this skilful duo deconstruct their performance in front of us and the combination of mesmerising manipulation and dry comedy left me wanting more.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

‘More than just great music’: 8 Songs – Edinburgh Fringe by Katharine Kavanagh

This response was produced as part of the #CircusVoices scheme for developing critical practice around circus arts. Review from: Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 14t…

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

‘Mixing playful games with deconstructing stereotypes’: CASTING OFF – Edinburgh Fringe by Katharine Kavanagh

It is uplifting to see these three performers relate to each other authentically on stage in Casting Off, and it’s a nice reminder of the richness that can come from having a diverse range…

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‘The beauty lies in the honesty of its story & the emotion that it evokes’: EGG – Edinburgh Fringe by Katharine Kavanagh

The beauty of Egg is not necessarily in the circus performances – although they are beautiful. The beauty in Egg lies in the honesty of its story and the emotion that it evokes in the audi…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

‘Impenetrable looking mathematics has never been so entertaining’: WHAT DOES STUFF DO? – Appleby by Katharine Kavanagh

Robin Boon Dale graduated from Circomedia two years ago, and already his impressive debut solo show, What Does Stuff Do?, has garnered him two awards.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

CIRCUS DIARIES on EdFringe: Mark Watson – Man of Mischief by Katharine Kavanagh

Playing cards, hidden predictions, juggling balls and knives all make an appearance and, during a cups and balls routine, I find myself laughing along with everyone else as the hilariously b…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

‘A world of gorgeous production values padding out some solid circus skills’: THE EXPLODED CIRCUS – Touring by Katharine Kavanagh

The Exploded Circus is a world of gorgeous production values padding out some solid circus skills. It’s not the world the poster suggests, but it is an intriguing one, if frustrating at ti…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

‘A strong addition to the Circa canon’: PEEPSHOW – Underbelly Festival by Katharine Kavanagh

Peepshow is more adult, a shade darker than other productions that I’ve seen before but without losing the overall Circa feel. Atmospheric and exciting, with all the technical prowess expe…

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

‘Keeps tradition alive but also innovates’: CIRCUS SALLAI – Touring by Katharine Kavanagh

This is a circus that is keen to impress, to keep tradition alive but also to innovate and exceed expectations. I would recommend catching Circus Sallai where you can.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Aerialist by Rebecca Truman by Katharine Kavanagh

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Rebecca Truman’s book. Part confession, part auto-narration, not unlike Nell Stroud’s Josser, it gives a very personal insight into our aerial profession –…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

‘Absolutely flies by’: CIRCOLOMBIA – Underbelly Festival by Katharine Kavanagh

Circolombia regularly put on an exciting and entertaining show and, true to form, this year at the Underbelly Festival their self-titled offering is exhilarating, fun and family friendly.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

‘Energising & thoroughly entertaining evening out’: SOAP – Underbelly Festival by Katharine Kavanagh

The long-running German production Soap makes a splash on the UK scene this year, performing in the round for the first time, and filling the Underbelly’s stylish Spiegeltent with bathtubs…

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Friday, May 25, 2018

‘A push into new areas demonstrates their versatility as artists’: SHIFT – Norfolk & Norwich Festival by Katharine Kavanagh

Shift is an interesting development for Barely Methodical and, while those seeking the cheeky and laddish lightheartedness of previous shows may be left a little wanting, there is no doubt t…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

‘Cleverly written & colourful’: CIRCUSY CATERPILLAR – Underbelly Festival by Katharine Kavanagh

The wonderful circus-theatre production of Circusy Caterpillar is cleverly written and colourful, with a vibrant soundtrack of rock, pop and disco songs that keep the room alive alongside th…

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

CIRCUS DIARIES – May’s Circus Scoop by Katharine Kavanagh

This month’s UK circus guide was filmed from Toronto, giving it a unique DIY aesthetic! You can also follow my adventures in Audio Description for circus which led me to Canada on The Circ…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

‘Clever, lighthearted & visually stimulating’: NATALIE INSIDE OUT – Jacksons Lane by Katharine Kavanagh

Technology is so often blamed for our woes in modern life, but in Natalie Inside Out it helps to bridge the gap between performers and spectators.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

‘A treat for the next generation of circus-goers’: PAULOS CIRCUS – York by Katharine Kavanagh

In a world of phones, tablets and games consoles, the next generation of circus-goers need live entertainment on their doorstep, and Paulos Circus delivers…candy floss or no candy floss!

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

‘These women are role models who celebrate individuality’: NO SHOW – Roundhouse by Katharine Kavanagh

No Show draws on themes of ignorance: of not knowing what circus is or how its done, and on patriarchy. The content comes from autobiographical examples but relate to much wider societal pro…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

‘Honest, heartfelt & emotional narrative’: KNOT – The Place by Katharine Kavanagh

Ultimately, Knot can be seen as a triumph of what can be achieved within contemporary circus when it refuses to bow to expectations, or to take the easy way out.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

‘What passes for normal when safety and ease are ripped away’: SARAB – Jacksons Lane by Katharine Kavanagh

Perhaps the show is preaching to the converted among a largely liberal theatre crowd at Jackson’s Lane, but Sarab is a show that should be programmed to visit every small town where people…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

‘Had me wishing the performance would never end’: HYENA – The Albany by Katharine Kavanagh

Hyena is an exciting, vibrant and honest exploration of a complex female bond. The show is a celebration of the power of womanhood and highlights how our abilities as individuals can benefit…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

‘Brave & beautiful adventure’: SPRING – ArtsDepot by Katharine Kavanagh

Spring is a brave and beautiful adventure, a trip to the light fantastic. But, if you like a bit more meat on your bone, then the Gandini’s previous show Sigma offers much more depth and, …

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Circus in the UK has much to learn from other countries by Katharine Kavanagh

While the circus world is a truly global affair, many countries also boast national advocacy organisations that promote the art form and

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

CIRCUS DIARIES: ‘Breaking Point’, by Weibel Weibel Co by Katharine Kavanagh

In the middle of a studio floor, marked with tape into audience safe zones, Alexander Weibel Weibel is playing violin as we enter the space for Breaking Point.

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‘Poetry, cynicism & the right amount of innuendo’: HEAD – Jacksons Lane by Katharine Kavanagh

Head is a mixture of poetry, cynicism and the right amount of innuendo and crude humour to keep you entertained, created and performed by John-Paul Zaccarini.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

‘Not yet cooked to perfection’: RELENTLESS UNSTOPPABLE HUMAN MACHINE – Roundhouse by Katharine Kavanagh

It’s a significant feat for a young company of this scale to succeed at making new work in the UK funding climate and, if Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine is not yet cooked to perfecti…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

‘Strangely life-affirming’: Fram & Dunt – Roundhouse by Katharine Kavanagh

Fram and Dunt, directed by Ellie Dubois for Collectif paints the fragility and unpredictably of life and death in a refreshing, light-hearted and strangely life-affirming manner.

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Why UK circus artists are lining up to train at Belgium’s Ecole Superieure des Arts du Cirque by Katharine Kavanagh

As circus takes an increasingly international outlook, UK practitioners are looking to train in Europe and beyond. Katharine Kavanagh explains how a

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

How circus training has expanded in the UK by Katharine Kavanagh

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…

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