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Cirque Berserk! (Cirque Berserk!)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2022

Juggling, clowning, amazing aerials, gymnastics, knife throwing, contortion, limbo-dancing and whips: all your circus basics here. Plus motorbikes! This should be a five star but, experientially, it’s not. It’s hard to explain why. Everything is carried off with incredible aplomb and the athleticism, talent and derring-do of the performers are beyond reproach. But there’s a relentless rapidity and noise which makes it all quite hard to appreciate or, more importantly, enjoy. Everything feels rushed and the coincidence with a pre-recorded soundtrack, whilst technically impressive, undermines any sense of spontaneity or jeopardy which one should surely feel given all that’s going on. Still, if you haven’t seen five motorbikes speed round the inside of a giant snow globe, maybe now’s the time.

Pleasance at EICC, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]