NoShow, directed by Ellie Dubois and performed by five ludicrously talented circus performers, is being shown at Summerhall in an unassuming black box theatre as part of this year’s Fringe. It’s not the kind of razzle dazzle venue you might expect from a circus show – this is no spiegeltent or big top – but this clever contemporary circus piece may just change how you look at the genre.
The show begins with an upbeat choreographed routine full of acrobatics, leaps and plenty of smiles and sass; it’s the kind of routine you might see at a number of circus shows across the capital in the month of August. But No Show is not really like any other circus show as the audience are taken on a poignant exploration of the stories behind the smiles and a look at how women are represented in the world of circus.
The performers are a brilliant ensemble, working together to perform impressive tricks and illustrate important points about women and performance. We’re shown incredible feats but we’re also told just how dangerous they are; a slip or a wobble could result in broken toes or far worse. But do the audience appreciate the strength and precision these tricks require?
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