Underbelly announces Circus Hub programme for 2019

This article is from 2019

Underbelly announces the 2019 programme of Underbelly's Circus Hub

Short Round Productions' 'Filament'

Underbelly's Circus Hub celebrates its fifth anniversary with circus companies from all over the world, including YUCK Circus, Company 2 and Les Foutoukours

This year's edition of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is just around the corner, and details about the shows making the pilgrimage to Edinburgh this August have started to surface. Figuring out what to see can be a daunting task when the entire city becomes covered in posters, flyers and programmes, but if circus, cabaret and burlesque are what you're after, then you can get it all in one place: Underbelly's Circus Hub.

Going into its fifth year, the Circus Hub has put together a programme filled with premieres and Fringe debuts, perfectly balanced with the return of several Festival favourites. Making its way to the greenery of the Meadows for the very first time is Scotland's own Danny MacAskill with his brand new show Drop and Roll Show Live, where he will be joined by another Scottish thrill seeker, Duncan Shaw, for what promises to be an action-packed, gravity-defying hour.

MacAskill will be joined in The Lafayette by Fringe newcomers Short Round Productions with Filament, a mash-up of circus and storytelling inspired by all your favourite 80s teen movies and Race Horse Company's Super Sunday. Returning to the Big Top by popular demand are Circa with Humans, where ten acrobats take audiences on a journey through what it means to be human, and Splash Test Dummies, which will surely prove itself a hit once more with children and adults alike.

The Beauty spiegeltent is not far behind with their own line-up, which features the female circus performers from Australia's YUCK Circus making their European debut, alongside the also Australian Company 2's 'late-night neo-vaudeville speakeasy' Le Coup. From the other side of the world, Canada offers up Kombini, Les Foutoukours' first show in the UK, blending modern theatricality with traditional Russian clowning. From closer to home, also making their Fringe debut, are Lost in Translation with their contemporary circus show Hotel Paradiso, which features a musical score by renowned composer Roger Eno. Returning acts to this tent include Bernie Dieter's Little Death Club and Rouge, by Highwire Entertainment, for the night owls of the Fringe.

In Lauren Eisinge (Festivals Programmer and Producer for Underbelly)'s own words, 'this year Underbelly's Circus Hub has a programme of shows you won't see anywhere else in the world – be prepared to be inspired, thrilled and totally amazed'. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has always been a melting pot of talent from all over the world, and Underbelly's Circus Hub is certainly proof of that. When August comes around, do make sure to stop by The Meadows and get a glimpse of what the world has to offer in the world of circus, cabaret and burlesque.

Underbelly's Circus Hub, The Meadows, Edinburgh, Fri 2–Sat 24 Aug. Tickets on sale now at underbellyedinburgh.co.uk

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