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The Circus of Terror (Young Actors Company / Engineerium)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

Circuses are generally visual spectacles, so it is rather unusual for the audience to be blindfolded. But it is a wonderful ploy by ‘The Circus of Terror’, which unleashes a wild, energetic assault on the audience’s remaining senses to create a compelling, tickling interactive experience. The journey through the dark recesses of the circus’s grotesque past, led by an unsettlingly suave ringmaster, is not always coherent; a few sketches grow too frenetic and are lost in the noise, leaving the unseeing audience unable to discern the story. Nevertheless, it is surprisingly liberating to be blindfolded, and the ‘Circus’ fills the silence with an exciting, refreshing ride that keeps the audience on the edge of the seat.

Greenside, until 24 Aug (not 11, 18), 5.10pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Elaine Teng]