Best circus shows to see at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

Best circus shows to see at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

Cirque Alfonse's Tabarnak / credit: Guillaume Morin

There's no shortage of high-octane acrobatics and high-stakes storytelling in this year's circus programme

Contemporary circus is fast becoming one of the most popular artforms at the Fringe – and it's easy to see why. In a sea of talent, skill and bravery we pick ten of the shows we're most excited about seeing this year.

Casus: You and I
Australia's Casus circus company has brought some real Fringe goodies in the past, including Knee Deep and Driftwood. This new two-hander, starring Jesse Scot and Lachlan McAulay, uses acrobatics and trapeze to celebrate the love between two men.
Assembly Roxy, 2–26 (not 13, 20) Aug

Circolombia
In an increasingly busy market, this incredible circus company from Bogota emerged as the best in town (in our humble opinion) at the 2017 Fringe – so we're thrilled to see this show back for another viewing. Check out our five-star review last year.
Underbelly's Circus Hub in the Meadows, 3–25 (not 8, 13, 20) Aug

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams
The real-life story of two juggling brothers from Ethiopia, who rose to the top of the circus tree, is woven into some truly remarkable feats by the massively talented and hard-working Konjowoch Troupe.
Underbelly's Circus Hub in the Meadows, 4–25 (not 13, 20) Aug

Best circus shows to see at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams
Cirque Berserk!
With talented artists hailing from across the world, this fast-paced show is packed
with wall-to-wall skill in acrobatics, juggling, aerial work and stunts – while the 'Globe
of Death' act at the end almost defies belief.

8 Songs
Nobody could have predicted how well juggling and movement go together, or how theatrical it can be – but the Gandini company has made an artform of it. After the success of Smashed and 4x4 Ephemeral Architectures, the juggling masters are back at the Fringe with two new shows.
Assembly Roxy, 1–27 (not 7–9, 15, 21) Aug

My Land
Following the hot and steamy Paris de Nuit last year, Budapest company Recirquel returns with this blend of graceful movement and top notch circus skills, exploring personal stories of tradition, freedom and love.
Assembly Roxy, 1–26 (not 8, 13, 20) Aug

Notorious Strumpet and Dangerous Girl
Trained at Melbourne's National Institute of Circus Arts, Jess Love has performed with some of the best: Circa, Circus Oz, La Clique. Now she's going it alone with this solo mix of dark storytelling, circus skills and brutal honesty set in an AA meeting.
Summerhall, 1–26 (not 2, 13, 20) Aug

Best circus shows to see at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

Casus / credit: Shannon Vitali
Réversible
Montreal's 7 Fingers collective have built up a reputation on the circus scene for their mix of acrobatic skill and theatrical flair. This new show finds eight performers looking back at what life was like when their grandparents were young.
Assembly Rooms, 2–26 (not 8, 13, 20) Aug

Sediment
Inspired by Dostoyevsky's novella Notes from Underground, this three-hander from Australia's Company 2 is as far removed from the showy big top as possible, and it's got us intrigued.
Assembly Roxy, 2–26 (not 8, 13, 20) Aug

Tabarnak
We still haven't recovered from the 5-star brilliance of Canadian company Cirque Alfonse's 2015 hit, Barbu. So imagine our excitement when we heard they're back in Edinburgh with another helping of skill, live music and witty mayhem. Check out our preview of their new show.
Underbelly's Circus Hub in the Meadows, 4–25 (not 8, 13, 20) Aug

Universoul Circus: Hip Hop Under the Big Top
Circus and hip hop – what's not to like? The American company makes its UK debut with hire-wire artists, contortionists, fire dancers and, of course, a whole lot of hip hop.
Underbelly's Circus Hub in the Meadows, 4–25 Aug

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8 Songs

  • 4 stars

Gandini Juggling Gandini present the gig of a lifetime. Wild juggling skills combine with cult rock and roll in this tribute to the mythical landscape of popular music. From Dylan's stream-of-consciousness realms to the Velvet Underground's troubling landscapes, from David Bowie's soulful escapades to the rocking…

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Wed 22 Aug

Central

£12 / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

Central

£12 / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 24 Aug

Central

£14 / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 27 Aug

Casus: You & I

  • 3 stars

Casus Circus Poets spend their lives writing about it, everyone thinks about it, but when love is between two men some people turn a blind eye. This transparent journey of love, circus and friendship celebrates the importance of being visible in a world of closed doors. This empowering explosion of skill and identity…

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Tue 21 Aug

Central

£10.50 / 0131 623 3030

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

Central

£10.50 / 0131 623 3030

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

Central

£10.50 / 0131 623 3030

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 26 Aug

Circolombia

Underbelly and Circolombia After taking Edinburgh by storm in 2017, smash-hit Circolombia returns with their critically acclaimed show. Witness the explosive power of 14 performers, showcasing mind-boggling circus skills whilst taking terrifying risks live on stage. Coupled with live music and singers, Circolombia…

Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 21 Aug

The Lafayette

£17.50 (£16.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

The Lafayette

£17.50 (£16.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

The Lafayette

£17.50 (£16.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams

Underbelly and Bibi and Bichu The smash hit of 2017 returns! An unashamedly joyful mix of astonishing stunts and enchanted adventure, Circus Abyssinia follows the journey of two Ethiopian brothers whose dream of joining the circus became a reality. Plunged into a world of daredevil wonders, they encounter a host of…

Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 21 Aug

The Lafayette

£14 (£13)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

The Lafayette

£14 (£13)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

The Lafayette

£16 (£15)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Cirque Berserk

  • 4 stars

A large-scale family circus show with jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and stuntmen.

Pleasance @ EICC, Edinburgh

Tue 21 Aug

Lennox Theatre

£15.50 (£10)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

Lennox Theatre

£17.50 (£13)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 24 Aug

Lennox Theatre

£19.50 (£15)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 26 Aug

My Land

  • 5 stars

Recirquel Company The creators of last year’s Fringe hit Paris de Nuit present their new creation, a vision of light and shadow crafted by six stunning circus artists fusing mind-blowing skills and raw talent. For dust we are… Join the performers in an unforgettable dream where their personal stories unfold into…

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Tue 21 Aug

Central

£12 (£11) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

Central

£12 (£11) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

Central

£12 (£11) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 26 Aug

Notorious Strumpet & Dangerous Girl

Love Is the Drug Winner: New Original Circus Award Melbourne Fringe 2016. Winner: Circus and Physical Theatre Award Adelaide Fringe 2017. 'This show is in your face dirty, gritty and bares all. Love does not hold back and the audience loves her for it' (Australian Times). Step into this unassuming Alcoholics Anonymous…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Tue 21 Aug

Main Hall

£14 (£12) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

Main Hall

£14 (£12) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

Main Hall

£14 (£12) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 26 Aug

Réversible

Assembly Festival and The 7 Fingers Internationally renowned The 7 Fingers return with this unique, riveting mix of theatre, circus, dance, music and acrobatics. A reversible world where everyday life is turned upside down into new, spectacular universes filled with beauty, emotion and yes, hope. Imagine your…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Tue 21 Aug

Music Hall

£18 (£15) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

Music Hall

£18 (£15) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

Music Hall

£18 (£15) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 26 Aug

Sediment

  • 4 stars

Company 2 Inspired by excerpts from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground, Sediment is an abstract expedition through the layers of human desires and motives. A look at what lies beneath, at what really drives us, in the search for truth. Extending the limits of physicality, attempting the impossible, looking…

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Tue 21 Aug

Central

£13 (£11) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

Central

£13 (£11) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

Central

£13 (£11) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 26 Aug

Tabarnak

  • 4 stars

Underbelly and Cirque Alfonse A celebration of Heaven and Hell and everything in between! Cirque Alfonse, the creators that brought you the five-star, Fringe 2015 sell-out hit Barbu, return with a brand-new show. Daring, raucous, eccentric and downright fun, Tabarnak combines edge-of-your-seat circus with crazy cabaret…

Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 21 Aug

The Lafayette

£17.50 (£16.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

The Lafayette

£17.50 (£16.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

The Lafayette

£17.50 (£16.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Universoul Circus: Hip Hop Under the Big Top

Underbelly and UniverSoul Circus After electrifying US audiences for 25 years, America's 'coolest show on earth' (Newsweek) comes to the UK for the first time. It's Hip-Hop Under the Big Top, combining edge-of-your-seat performances, stunning spectacle, hilarious audience participation and a soundtrack that will blow…

Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 21 Aug

The Lafayette

£19.50 (£18.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

The Lafayette

£19.50 (£18.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

The Lafayette

£19.50 (£18.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

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