Best circus shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

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  • 16 July 2019

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Best circus shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

Staged / credit: Alex Brenner

Highlights include Cirque Berserk!, Everything I See I Swallow and Staged

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!
Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! combine contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, bringing this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date. The international troupe includes over 30 acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen, alongside the world's most hair-raising circus act; the legendary motorcycle Globe of Death.
Cirque Berserk!, Pleasance at EICC – Lennox Theatre, Sat 3–Tue 6 Aug, 6.30pm, Wed 7–Sun 25 Aug (not 21), 1.30pm & 6.30pm, £17.50–£19.50 (£13–£15). Preview Fri 2 Aug, £12.


Everything I See I Swallow
Shasha and Taylor Productions
A provocative examination of a mother/daughter relationship, set against a backdrop of shifting attitudes to empowerment, feminism and sexuality. How does a woman defend the objectification of her own body and the gaze from those around her? Fusing theatre and aerial rope work with the erotic art of Japanese rope bondage, shibari, Swallow is an unusual and compelling encounter.
Everything I See I Swallow, Summerhall – Demonstration Room, Sat 3–Sat 25 Aug (not 12, 19), 6pm, £13 (£11). Previews Wed 31 Jul, £5 & Fri 2 Aug, £8.


Join Circumference for their latest theatrical spectacle, Staged. Featuring three performers on an aerial platform as precarious as our perceptions – a single action changes everything, but everything is not always what it seems.
Staged, ZOO Southside, Thu 15–Sun 25 Aug, 7pm, £12 (£10). Previews Tue 13 & Wed 14 Aug, £8.

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…

Cirque Berserk!

  • 4 stars

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

Everything I See I Swallow

  • 4 stars

Female empowerment, shifting attitudes to sex and feminism and shibari – the erotic art of Japanese rope bondage “I’m not just an object. I’ve made a choice. To be here, to be tied, and…not to deny my sexuality.” Where does freedom of expression end and exploitation begin? And what is the difference? Everything I See I…


  • 4 stars

Circumference Employing stunning aerial acrobatics in a calculated game of chance, Staged features three performers hanging in the abyss on a platform, which swings, tips and balances as they move. A breathtaking test of their physical limits in a world of increasing uncertainty, Staged is 'not the usual circus adrenaline…

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