Fringe children's puppet shows Circus in Hand and Time For Fun

This article is from 2012

Fringe children's puppet shows Circus in Hand and Time For Fun

Russian puppeteers who have it all in hand

St Petersburg’s Hand Made Theatre make exactly that: theatre with their hands. The company’s actors all trained in puppetry at Russia’s State Theatre Arts Academy, and are about to make their Edinburgh Fringe debut. They bring with them two shows: Time for Fun, an upbeat physical theatre show, and Circus in Hand, which has been created especially for children but promises fun for everyone.

‘Both our shows will be interesting for adults and children of all ages,’ explains art director, Svetlana Ozerskaya. ‘There is an illusion that characters appear out of thin air, from nowhere. It’s like a 3D graphic but alive, warm and made of hands.’

Circus in Hand recreates the euphoria of visiting the circus as a young child, through hand movements and a few colourful props. It’s been performed many times before, but new elements and characters have been added for the Fringe run.

‘This show is an illustration of a child’s delight,’ says Ozerskaya, ‘to give you a feeling of visiting a circus, about a dream that appears deep within child’s heart. Is it possible to train a giraffe? Can you become friends with a zebra? When we were young, we knew answers to all these questions. This show will take you back to your childhood.’

Assembly Roxy, 623 3030, 4–27 Aug (not 13, 20), 11.50am, £8–£9. Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £6.

Circus In Hand

  • 3 stars

Circus in Hand is a cute show in which doll-trainers and animals, acrobats, jugglers and clowns appear from the bright patches of a circus tent. You'll step into your childhood: every object is alive and has its own character. Every act has a storyline and an unexpected outcome. Great for children and their parents! Ages…

Time for Fun

  • 3 stars

This unique troupe from St Petersburg create an exceptionally beautiful and upbeat show using only their hands. You'll be surprised how rich a show could be without decor, properties or costumes. Hundreds of images will catch your imagination: landscapes, wilful heroes, funny situations, ballets of birds and parades of…