This summer Mark Robson and his camera took another visit to Edinburgh Festival Fringe to capture as much circus as possible. Here are some peeks at the shows he saw…
Friday 4th August 2023:
Insomniac’s Fable, by Agit-Cirk at Summerhall
A dancer, a juggler and some nice projections take us into a world of fables.
#Since1994, by Eye Catching Circus at Assembly Roxy
Part of the Taiwan Season at the fringe. It was skilled, captivating and thought provoking. One of my highlights of this year.
N.Ormes, by Agathe & Adrien at Assembly Roxy
A small woman and large man is almost a stereotype for an acro show, but this was no stereotypical acro show. A really beautiful and wonderful show that I would happily watch again.
Rise of the Olive, by Laser Kiwi at Assembly Roxy
Sketch comedy meets circus in this ode to the humble olive. At times I was laughing so much it was hard to keep the camera still enough to take photos.
Saturday 5th August 2023
A Spectacle of Herself, by Laura Murphy at Summerhall
Laura Murphy’s new show is great, another highlight of this year for me. I don’t think I will see the coke advert the same ever again.
YUCK Circus at Assembly George Square Gardens
Yuck Circus are an all female Australian circus company and the show is one that I think only an all female Australian circus company could make. Just great.
Sunday 6th August 2023
Brave Space, by Aloft Circus Arts at Underbelly Circus Hub
Returning to the fringe for a second year, Brave Space is just as wonderful as it was last year.
Monday 7th August 2023
Cartoooon!!, by WittyLook at Assembly Roxy
A kids show from Japanese street performers and unicyclists extraordinaire.
Party Ghost, by Olivia Porter & Jarred Dewey at Assembly Checkpoint
I would love to know how they came up with the idea for this show. Completely bonkers show with a wake, ghosts, laughs and good circus.
Afrique en Cirque, by Cirque Kalabanté at Assembly Hall
The live music really stood out for me in this show which gives a lot of what I’d expect from an African circus show including an incredible contortionist / bone breaker.
Wednesday 9th August 2023
Lucky Pigeons, by BrainFools at Underbelly Circus Hub
A family show that is based around a city office worker and their interactions with some pigeons.
Aloft presents Sanctuary at Underbelly Circus Hub
Aloft Circus Arts from Chicago, who also had Brave Space at the fringe, brought their regular Chicago cabaret along as well this year. An opportunity to see some of the incredible Brave Space performers doing their own acts in a cabaret setting with live music.
Thursday 10th August 2023
Schërzo, by Släpstick at Pleasance Courtyard
This is what you get when the musicians are clowns and the clowns are musicians and then you leave them to it to make a show based around music. They all played so many instruments.
Friday 11th August 2023
Chevalier – Hobbyhorse Circus, by Race Horse Company at Assembly George Square Studios
Coming from Race Horse Company I had high expectations. It wasn’t exactly what I expected but it was a lovely quirky kids shows based around hobby horses and some short silent films.
Sophie’s Surprise 29th, by Three Legged Race Productions at Underbelly Circus Hub
A good fun cabaret with a nice theme linking the great acts together, with some nice things I wasn’t expecting thrown in as well.