- Mark Brown
- 8 August 2012
This article is from 2012.
Square Peg astonish with daring and precision in riveting Coleridge circus
Contemporary circus, or nouveau cirque – a genre which combines circus acrobatics with a narrative or theme – is a genre more established in continental Europe than here in the UK. It is fascinating, therefore, to see London-based company Square Peg Contemporary Circus turn their attentions to that most English of Romantic poets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
In The Rime of the Ancient Mariner they have chosen a poem that is ripe for their brand of highly physical storytelling. What better than a late 18th-century ship, with its masts and sails, for a demonstration of the astonishing skills of Square Peg’s young performers?
Whether they are evoking the excitement of setting sail, thirst, hunger, or the terror of shipwreck, the company astonish, both individually and collectively, with their daring and their precision.
It’s just a pity, therefore, that the poor acoustics of their venue, the Summerhall Dissection Room, prevent the audience from hearing many of Coleridge’s lines. And why is one performer out of costume?
Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, until 15 Aug, times vary, £11--£14 (£9--£12).