Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 5 family-friendly circus acts
Featuring The Little Big Show, Freedom Family Circus and Comedy Allsorts
This article is from 2014.
No longer do they feature blindfolded elephants balancing on a tennis ball (while trying to light a cigar). This year’s bunch of circus acts are all about the love
A global assortment of clowning and comedy promising ‘ginormous laughs’ in a small space. For ‘kids and very big kids’. That’s you lot.
Assembly George Square Gardens, George Square, 0131 623 3030, 31 Jul–24 Aug, 10.45am, £10 (£6).
London’s premier youth circus group started out in the parks of Hammersmith just over 30 years ago. At the Botanics, Albert & Friends Instant Circus will be doing their highly skilled, innovative thing.
Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith Row, 0131 226 0000, 17–24 Aug, 1pm, free.
Hopefully the FFC won’t get their stable acts mixed up and send in the Xtreme Sideshow. Assuming it all works out as planned, you should get a glimpse of unpredictable jugglers, dancers and clowns.
Gryphon, Bread Street, 07599 903210, 4–23 Aug (not 10, 17), noon, £7 (£5; family ticket £20). Previews 1–3 Aug, £5 (£3).
Martin Mor aka Martin Bigpig, otherwise known as the big Northern Irishman with the tattoos and hair, is on call for an hour of comedy, circus, poetry, storytelling and, here’s the intriguing bit, ‘stupid science’.
Stand in the Square, St Andrew Square, 0131 558 7272, 1–24 Aug (not 11, 18–21), 11am, £8 (£7).
A rotating bill of acts here, but with one common denominator: madcap clowning antics are assured. And there is a strong likelihood of audience participation, for those who like to be pre-warned about that kind of thing.
Assembly George Square Gardens, George Square, 0131 623 3030, 31 Jul–24 Aug (not 18–22), 2pm, £10 (£6).