Immortal (3 stars)

  • 14 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Enter the tent of Nofit State Circus and you enter a world of surreal ‘roof people’. Performers who have plundered their dressing-up box to create a wardrobe where Peter Pan meets the Goths, in a place that has a futuristic feel tinged with ghostly otherworldliness.

High up in the rooftops lies a no-man’s land, a place between life and death where people go before moving on to the unknown world beyond. An awesome set moves to accommodate the acts who weave through an audience which is left to roam freely around the stage.

High-heeled tight rope walkers, ‘baby-doll’ aerial hoop dancers, hand balancers, trapeze artists, trampete and hula hoop freaks swoop, swing and balance above, below and across the stage. Set to a live musical score, the story tells of ‘the angel in charge’, preparing the motley crew for whatever lies ahead. Text, dialogue and song illustrate the tale and stunning visual images stay with you long after the final ‘cloud swing’ and impressive rope work. But it is difficult to believe this is anything more than just a circus - albeit rather a good one. (Claire Griffiths)

The Spaceship@ Out of the Blue Tramworks, 0870 126 1771, 17-21 & 23-27 Aug, 7.50pm; 19, 23 & 26 Aug, 2.50pm, £15 (£12).

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