Best circus at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015
From acrobatics to aerial, it looks to be a vintage year for those in the festival ring
This article is from 2015.
Following the unveiling of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme, we've rounded-up some of the best circus shows on offer.
Following the success of Wunderkammer and Beyond, Australian circus troupe Circa returns to the Fringe, with this intimate look at what the human body can do.
Underbelly George Square, 5–31 Aug (not 12, 18, 25), 8pm
If it spins, it’s here. From the wheels of a BMX bike to a basketball spinning through the air, this dynamic circus show celebrates all things rotational.
Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug (not 17), 4.15pm
Brisbane-based Casus Circus, the team behind last year’s popular show, Knee Deep, return to the Fringe with this one-woman show, where storytelling and circus skills meet.
Assembly Checkpoint, 6–30 Aug (not 12, 17–18, 24–25), 6pm
Stuck inside a make-shift shelter, with who knows what awaiting them outside, seven circus artistes from Les 7 Doigts de la Main leap, tumble, fly through the air and skateboard to stay happy.
Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug (not 17, 24), 6pm
La Meute (The Wolf Pack)
Six men dressed only in over-sized nappies put themselves through a series of wince-worthy challenges, in this celebration of daft machismo and tomfoolery.
Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 7–29 Aug (not 11–12, 18, 25), 5.25pm
Fire breathing, sword swallowing, contortionism, Chinese pole, illusions, crazy instrumentalists, acrobatics and more from this seemingly rag-tag, but wholly slick outfit.
Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 7–29 Aug (not 12, 17, 24), 7.25pm
Ockham’s Razor: Arc and Every Action …
A double-bill from this acclaimed UK-based aerial theatre company. Arc finds three people stranded on an aluminium raft high off the ground, while Every Action features four strangers thrown together with 25 metres of suspended rope.
Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 7–26 Aug (not 13, 20), 1.25pm
The Elephant in the Room
French company Cirque Le Roux take two unlikely bedfellows – circus skills and film noir – and make them work in this intriguing new show.
Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 7–29 Aug (not 12, 17, 24), 8.30pm
Mixing physical comedy, clowning, juggling, storytelling and slapstick, this family-friendly show from Lost in Translation Circus is inspired by Roald Dahl’s The Misfits.
Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 7–29 Aug (not 17, 24), 11.25am
BARBU Electro Trad Cabaret
This new show from Montreal-based Cirque Alfonse is described as an ‘off-the-wall, rollicking extravaganza’ – and looking at their bare bellies, big beards and bonkers balancing, it’s hard to disagree.
Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 7–29 Aug (not 12, 18, 26), 9.50pm