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A Day at the Fringe - Circus

15th Aug 2018

Year-on-year Underbelly’s Circus Hub delights audiences and defies expectations with shows which moo-ve beyond the flips and tumbles, showcasing show-stopping stunts, heart-in-your-throat moments, live music, slapstick character comedy, powerful breath-taking beauty work and late-night cabaret glamour. Plus, you can graze on the best chips on earth (tossed in rosemary), grab a box of popcorn, get stuck into some candy floss and enjoy a drink (alcohol or not) all day from 10am til late.

Arr We There Yet? | 12:00 (13:00) | 04 - 25 August

A scallywag pirate, a muscular sailor and a chef with a seafood allergy make for a hopeless crew as they fight for the title of Captain aboard the ship. These acrobatic pirates turn ship life upside down! Walking the plank becomes the high-flying teeterboard, cooking for the crew involves juggling knives and steering the ship spinning upside down in the roue cyr!


Splash Test Dummies | 13:00 (14:00) | 04 - 25 August

Splash Test Dummies are here, ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into a brand-new hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family. See a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy for which the Dummies are famous.


Circa: Wolfgang | 14:00 (15:00) | 04 - 25 August

Straight from the score and onto the stage, the man known as Mozart appears amidst a puff of powder, wigged and ready to throw musical madness into a crescendo of dives, swoops and twirls. Featuring mischievous acrobats and musicians, Wolfgang reinvents the composer's magical music with circus twists. Experience the latest family-friendly production from Circa, featuring a fusion of circus, movement and music.


Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams | 15:00 (16:00) | 04 - 25 August

An unashamedly joyful mix of astonishing stunts and enchanted adventure, Circus Abyssinia follows the journey of two Ethiopian brothers whose dream of joining the circus became a reality. Plunged into a world of daredevil wonders, they encounter a host of other circus dreamers: dancing, contorting, gravity-defying figures, all weaving tales of their own.


Shift | 16:00 (17:00) | 04 - 25 August

The UK’s hottest circus company, BMT, repeat the success of their international smash-hits Bromance and Kin in this red-hot, five-star piece of circus, combining show-stopping acrobatics with the emotional punch of theatre. Shift is an astonishing gravity-defying show featuring cyr wheel, hand to hand, acrobatics and circus, using apparatus in ways you didn't think possible! 


Universoul Circus: Hip Hop Under The Big Top | 17:00 (18:00) | 04 - 25 August

After electrifying US audiences for 25 years, America's 'coolest show on earth' (Newsweek) comes to the UK for the first time. It's Hip-Hop Under the Big Top, combining edge-of-your-seat performances, stunning spectacle, hilarious audience participation and a soundtrack that will blow the roof off the tent. If you were one of the millions of people who loved The Greatest Showman then this is the musical circus extravaganza you need in your life.


Tabarnak | 19:00 (20:00) | 04 - 25 August 

A celebration of Heaven and Hell and everything in between! Cirque Alfonse, the creators that brought you the five-star, Fringe 2015 sell-out hit Barbu, return with a brand-new show. Daring, raucous, eccentric and downright fun, Tabarnak combines edge-of-your seat circus with crazy cabaret acts and a heart-thumping live score.


Circolombia | 21:00 (22:00) | 03 - 25 August

Witness the explosive power of 14 performers, showcasing mind-boggling circus skills whilst taking terrifying risks live on stage. Coupled with live music and singers, Circolombia delivers world-class, gravity-defying performances that you'll never forget. Circolombia is no ordinary circus; celebrating diversity, voices, dance and spectacular circus, live!


Circus-Cision | 22:00 (23:00) | 03 - 25 August

Those that made the cut – featuring some of the best circus acts on the Fringe. A raucous late-night variety show hosted by the incredible Head First Acrobats (creators of smash hit Elixir). Featuring a mash-up of Spiegeltent legends, home-grown favourites, and the freshest and hottest circus superstars of this year's festival. If you want to see the best, and only the best, of this year's Fringe, Circus-Cision is for you.

Posted by Becky Leary