Circus

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The Rest of Our Lives review – a blueprint for happiness
Dancer Jo Fong larks about with clown and circus director George Orange in a manic affront to middle age that swings from absurd to tender to life-affirming

Lyndsey Winship

21, Aug, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Circa: Humans 2.0 review – next-gen acrobatics
Using their own bodies as gymnastic apparatus, the Australian troupe perform an immensely skilful and physical show about trust and control

David Jays

18, Aug, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Runners review – the treadmill of time, made flesh
The Cirk La Putyka troupe interact on and around a giant treadmill through dance, music, acrobatics and dialogue in a moving exploration of time

Róisín O'Brien

11, Aug, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Boom review – powerful, humane circus collaboration
Two young companies share acrobatic skills and stories, taking in Gen Z life and the impact of war

Róisín O'Brien

07, Aug, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Black Sheep review – circus-song memoir of Black experience
Livia Kojo Alour’s compellingly performed map of her life is part-poetry, part-musical, part-circus, but it doesn’t hang together

Anya Ryan

06, Aug, 2022 @4:00 PM

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‘I put my trauma on display’ – Keala Settle on hating her signature song This Is Me
Her rendition of the bearded lady’s number from The Greatest Showman caused a sensation. But, as the Hawaiian-born star joins Sister Act, she reveals how the reaction may have contributed to her mini-stroke

Lyndsey Winship

19, Jul, 2022 @12:49 PM

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Edinburgh fringe 2022: 20 theatre, comedy and dance shows you shouldn’t miss
In the first of our festival previews, we round up some of the best offerings we’ve already reviewed – including Tim Key, Liz Kingsman, La Clique and Hungry

Brian Logan, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher, Anya Ryan, Rachael Healy, Kate Wyver, Claire Armitstead, Arifa Akbar and Lyndsey Winship

08, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘Shake it and see what happens’: the confounding world of James Thierrée
The circus star turns singer in his new show, Room, which is designed to embrace chaos. He talks about the mystery of theatre and his movie missions

Chris Wiegand

25, May, 2022 @8:49 AM

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Circa: Sacre review – an original and awesome Stravinsky reboot
Australian circus group Circa debuts a beautifully detailed interpretation of The Rite of Spring

Lyndsey Winship

24, May, 2022 @11:58 AM

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High hoops: how two brothers became Africa’s biggest circus duo
Bibi and Bichu Tesfamariam went from juggling at school in Ethiopia to dazzling audiences with their circus skills around the world. So what’s next?

Lyndsey Winship

19, May, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Ringling Bros circus returns after five years – without animals
Famous circus ended 146-year-run in January 2017 after customer sales declined in wake of criticism over animal acts

Staff and agencies

18, May, 2022 @3:43 PM

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‘It’s hard to find a teacher for sword-swallowing’: the thrilling skills of circus showwomen
Pioneering female entertainers, including a 1930s clown and a Wall of Death stunt rider, are celebrated in a show by a fearless group of performers

Kate Wyver

09, May, 2022 @7:00 PM

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