REVIEW – Blizzard, Assembly Hall

*****

Let it snow It’s said that Inuits have fifty different words for snow. On the basis of this standout physical circus from FLIPFabrique, it would seem Canadians have fifty different backflips for it. The ice cold weather loosely connects each of the routines performed by the members of this accomplished and family-friendly troupe. Whether engaged […]

REVIEW: Cabaret at Le Monde

*****

Cabaret at Le Monde is a lucky bag of Fringe variety entertainment put together by one of the best connected promoters in the business. With a different lineup every night, you won’t know who you’ll be treated to until they are up there on stage spurting glittering cabaret goodness all over the front few rows, […]

REVIEW: The Five-Thirty Cabaret, The Stand’s New Town Theatre

*****

Filling the gap between afternoon and evening, The Five-Thirty Cabaret is a perfectly timed selection box of delights to set you up for yet another night on the Fringe. With a different lineup each show, you pay your money and let Five Thirty Cabaret make it’s choice of the Fringe for you. This afternoon, for […]

REVIEW: Ivy Paige – Queen of the Swingers, Le Monde

*****

The cocktail VIP I had a strange dream last night. I was in a Vegas cocktail lounge whilst a flame-haired showgirl sang a swing version of Smells Like Teen Spirit accompanied on the piano by the keyboard player from Dexy’s Midnight Runners. I dreamed that Ivy Paige — the showgirl — had such a seductively […]

REVIEW: xoxo moongirl, Assembly Checkpoint

*****

One giant leap for womankind Where can you escape when life gets too much? When your parents are as dysfunctional as your relationships, and your hopes and dreams seem as unreachable as the stars in the sky? For Nicole Burgio, the engaging and dynamic performer of this impressive one-hander from Fringe newcomers Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, there is only […]

REVIEW: Frisky & Mannish’s PopLab, Assembly George Square Gardens

*****

Blinding us with science Since first bubbling over from their test tube onto the Fringe ten years ago, Frisky & Mannish have become firm festival faves, with their concoction of comedy, musicianship and downright fabulousness consistently winning over audiences wherever they pitched their poptastic tent. After a break of a few years, they are back: and happily just […]

REVIEW: Rouge, Underbelly’s Circus Hub

*****

Electric circus Billing itself as a decadent circus for adults, Rouge delivers on nearly all fronts (and rears), where the gasps come as much from the ‘did I really just see that?’ moments as they do from the impressive acrobatic feats on offer. A gloriously camp Frank N Furter style ringmaster-of-sorts gets things off with […]

REVIEW: La Galerie, Assembly Rooms

*****

Art for art’s sake Framed as it is around visitors to a modern art gallery, Machine de Cirque’s playful and innovative circus show is a masterpiece. From sardonically exposing the pretentions of gallery visitors to a spellbinding sequence where portraits literally crawl from the canvases, this loose narrative device links a series of ever-more impressive […]

REVIEW: Elements of Freestyle, EICC

*****

Marrying urban sports with contemporary dance, ISH Dance Collective create an enjoyably high-energy spectacle in the cavernous space of the EICC’s Lennox Suite. The all-male ensemble employ skateboards, rollerskates, BMX bikes and more to half-pipe themselves into the air whilst their colleagues breakdance, perform acrobatics and free-run over the adaptable set. Live music is provided […]

REVIEW: 360 Allstars, Assembly George Square Theatre

*****

A celebration of the street, 360 Allstars brings together some youthful masters of the scene in an enjoyable high-energy hour that – based on the age of the audience yesterday – will likely inspire many to follow in their footsteps. BMX tricks, breakdancing, basketball wizardry and acrobatics explode like a burst of graffiti on the […]