Soap! The Show
- Claire Sawers
- 10 August 2010
This article is from 2010.
Water-logged circus show leaves the crowd open-mouthed
This bathtub-themed circus show comes to Edinburgh after a two-year run in Berlin. The German production team, Circle of Eleven, has assembled a very bendy cast of performers – Masha Terentieva contorts herself seductively around a trapeze, Nata Galkina shows off the weirdly hypnotic art of foot juggling, and Michael Lanphear (who performed with Britney’s Circus tour before doing this) does impressive things while suspended upside-down by leather straps.
It’s a staggering show, which leaves the crowd catching flies for the most part, as we stare slack-jawed at finely honed acrobats back-flipping and hand-standing over bathtubs. Fernando Dudka’s rubbery water acrobatics, in particular, are a perfect balance of strength, precision, and wet muscles.
A goofy clown character (Marie-Andrée Lemaire) adds mime and comedy interludes, which will no doubt keep kids entertained, but for adults who prefer an edgier, more louche cabaret tone, it adds a sickly-sweet slapstick edge to the show.
Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 30 Aug (not 16, 23), 7.15pm, £15–£20 (£14–£16).