Circus in Hand (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

Circus in Hand

Hand made circus puppetry with a human touch

There can’t be many circuses at the Fringe where you can behold a ringmaster standing on a giraffe’s head or a tap-dancing zebra. But then there can’t be many circuses at all where the performers are made from neat slices of stretchy fabric, adorably animated by a team of puppeteers.

Hand Made Theatre’s neon-bright cloth circus also features tiny acrobats, a hula hooper, a snake dancer and lots of bouncing clowns. Perhaps because the stunts aren’t real they don’t have the same wow factor as they would in a conventional big top – it’s not quite so heart-stopping to see a finger puppet put his head in a sock lion’s mouth.

But the puppetry is seriously good, largely down to Hand Made’s observations of circus movement – wobbles included. The posturing strong man is delightfully characterful, you could easily forget the voluptuous acrobat in her silver hoop was made from shiny fabric, and the swinging trapeze artist (a wisp of silver cloth) swirls into balances with remarkable humanity.

Assembly Roxy, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 20), 11.50am, £8–£9.

Hand Made: Circus in Hand

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…