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Best circus shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

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Best of the Southside: Circus shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

What the Moon Saw / credit: Luke Evans

Highlights include Cirque Berserk!, Notorious Strumpet & Dangerous Girl and What the Moon Saw

High octane acrobatics and moving storytelling collide in the circus programme at this year's Fringe. Guaranteed to keep you at the edge of your seat, explore the heights of physicality, movement and artistry in this most physically demanding of art forms, located just south of Edinburgh's city centre.


Cirque Berserk! (Cirque Berserk!)
Cirque Berserk! celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of circus by bringing this jaw-dropping spectacular to the Fringe for the first time. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, the international troupe includes over thirty acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen, also featuring the world's most hair-raising circus act; the legendary motorcycle Globe of Death.
Cirque Beserk!, Pleasance @ EICC, Sat 4–Sun 26 Aug (not 22), 6pm (& 1.30pm Thu–Sun), £13–£19.50 (£10–£15). Preview Fri 3 Aug, £12.


Notorious Strumpet & Dangerous Girl (Love Is the Drug)
The latest solo work from award-winning circus virtuoso Jess Love tells a strikingly truthful tale of one woman's voyage to recovery through connection with her convict past. Step into this unassuming Alcoholics Anonymous meeting where twisted storytelling and spectacular circus skills are shaken and stirred. Notorious Strumpet won the New Original Circus Award at the Melbourne Fringe in 2016 and the Circus and Physical Theatre Award at last year's Adelaide Fringe.
Notorious Strumpet & Dangerous Girl, Summerhall, Sat 4–Sun 26 Aug (not 13, 20), 9.55pm, £14 (£12). Previews Wed 1 & Fri 3 Aug, £9.


What the Moon Saw (2Faced Dance Company)
A dance and circus performance for little ones and their families from the Hereford-based 2Faced Dance Company. Scared of the dark, young Jack opens his bedroom window to find a familiar friendly face, The Moon. The Moon shining bright, teaches Jack how to be brave by taking him on an amazing adventure of dragons, boats and rooftops; showing him all that he sees and teaching him all that he knows.
What the Moon Saw, ZOO Southside, Mon 13–Sun 26 Aug (not 15), 11am, £9 (£7). Preview Sun 12 Aug, £7.

A Pleasance @ EICC
Lennox 1 @ EICC, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE
B ZOO Southside
117 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9ER
C Summerhall
1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Southside, Summerhall is a multi-arts venue with a varying programme of events that take place all year round, from exhibitions and workshops to gigs and club nights. With a range of spaces including the TechCube, a…

What the Moon Saw

  • 4 stars

Alone in the world and scared of the dark, young Jack opens his bedroom curtains to find a familiar friendly face, The Moon, who teaches him to be brave and adventurous. A production, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen, by 2Faced Dance Company.

Cirque Berserk!

  • 4 stars

Contemporary cirque style artistry with jugglers, acrobats, dancers and drummers plus a legendary circus act with a motorcycle.

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…