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Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine, CircusFest 2018 at the Roundhouse – Review

Credit: Ollie Millington

Pros: A concept that is highly technical and inventive. The show features gorgeous live music with a multi-talented, engaging cast. Cons: There is something not quite right about the narrative pacing. Some of the acts don’t build the sense of anticipation that you expect from circus. The Roundhouse is a breath-taking venue. Being the first to arrive in the cavernous auditorium is something quite special. On this occasion, the house lights are a dull red and with the industrial scaffolding that makes up ...

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Slava’s Snow Show, Royal Festival Hall – Review

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Pros: You’re unlikely to see anything quite like this anywhere else. happily its uniquely irresistible Cons: Anyone looking for any kind of clear narrative or thematic structure will be left bewildered, and probably pretty disappointed Standing in the auditorium of the Royal Festival Hall, dodging the massive inflatable balls being hurled around by the audience, I began to wonder what the hell was going on. It was 9pm on a cold December evening, I was playing an elaborate game of ...

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Last Clown On Earth, Pleasance Courtyard – Review

Credit: Derevo

Pros: Arresting images and dark humour. Cons: A clown in existential crisis inevitably produces a show light on belly laughs.~ For the first half an hour I was baffled. I’ll admit that I had been expecting more of a twinkly eyed, red nosed, falling-over kind of clown. This was a challenging work with striking visual images, but some of the staging was shabby and it didn’t hang together well. Russian actor Adasinsky’s company Derevo (it means tree) made their Fringe ...

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Slapstick, Assembly George Square Theatre – Review

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Pros: Charming, hilarious clowns, who also happen to be virtuoso musicians. Cons: The section with the projection didn’t work well, and made the energy drop. The children in the audience are part of what makes a clown show, and this performance featured the rambunctious laughter of a little boy somewhere at the back, whose timing was perfect and brought the house down twice. The five clowns of Netherlands-based Wëreldbänd reacted with ready charm; in fact, the audience was part of ...

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