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Culture Fringe Theatre

Fringe Reflections

Flyers are pushed into my hand as I weave in and out of the crowds on the Royal Mile, dodging children stunned by magicians’ tricks, a juggler miraculously keeping five swords in the air, a man dressed up as a Victorian dame, and a musician playing their guitar upside down. It’s all hustle, and bustle, […]

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Burlesque and Cabaret Circus Fringe

Fringe 2022: Blunderland Review

Nothing will prepare you for the trip that is Blunderland, an insane mix of circus, burlesque, drag and acrobatics that will transport you out of the mirrored circus tent on the meadows and into a world of unhinged madness for an hour. Blunderland’s host Eric Schmalenberger is the perfect guide throughout the night, emerging out […]

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Burlesque and Cabaret Circus Fringe Variety

Fringe 2022: La Clique Review

‘La Clique’ is, in a word, enthralling. Having been to see one or two other circus-type cabaret shows at the Fringe, which were slightly disappointing, my expectations weren’t high upon arrival to the ‘La Clique’ Spiegeltent, and I didn’t expect to leave feeling particularly impressed. However, I was mistaken; born at the Fringe in 2004, […]

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Burlesque and Cabaret Circus Fringe

Fringe 2022: Rouge Review

Rouge promises to be a ‘circus for adults’, and it certainly delivers. Circus acrobatics are the focus, though they are appropriately sexed-up and accompanied by the occasional burlesque act. The acrobatics are for the most part very impressive. I was particularly wowed by the trapeze and Cyr wheel acts, though the fire-eating could have done […]

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Dance Fringe

Fringe 2022: BOOM Review

Young performers from Cirk La Putyka in Prague and the Kyiv Municipal Academy of Variety and Circus Arts come together for this mesmerising and deeply personal show which explores their own lives, commonalities and differences, and their ways of relating to one another through movement and creative expression. 

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Culture Film

Nightmare Alley Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ “Nightmare Alley” is a feast for the senses, a visually delectable film filled with some rather unsavoury content. In simple terms, it could be called a retelling of the story of Icarus, as the protagonist, Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), flies too close to the sun in his attempts to con dangerous people out […]

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Fringe Variety

‘Gasp-worthy’: Backbone review

Circus performance and improvisation are not normally concepts that go hand-in-hand. Somehow, Backbone manages to pair them together in a show full of gasp-worthy moments, beautiful acrobatics and laughter.  From the start of the show, Gravity & Other Myths appears to be a group of twenty-somethings,  friends who are just having a laugh together. Except, […]

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Dance Fringe Variety

Havana After Dark

Havana After Dark is an exhilarating musical journey through Havana’s history. The show, a celebration of Havana’s 500th birthday, directed by Toby Gough, demonstrates a political message- despite sanctions on the country, Cubans are strong and resilient. Interwoven with a narration on the history and politics of Cuba, Havana After Dark offers an escape, transporting […]