Big Sexy Circus Presents…

Hitch – Swing Circus – Wings
209 Fountainbridge
7th – 30th August
Multiple Showings per day per show
£10/£12 – £5 – £15/£20
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It was almost 8pm when I arrived at the preview of the Big Sexy Circus on Tuesday 4th August, and despite being almost half an hour late, the queue was backed up half way down the road.  It didn’t take long until unfortunate news of the gates being closed for the evening, due to full capacity, blew down wind to our ears ; turning our rain splattered faces a rather bitter shade of disappointment.  It was nice of them to put on a free show, but rather annoying that they hadn’t better organised how many people could arrive, as it seemed likely in the region of nearly 150 people whom had to be turned away.
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But, we didn’t make it out in the rain to be sent home at the gate, so in a truly brazen fashion, we snuck round the back, and climbed through the fence.  After all, it was free admission for this evening and we just had to be there for review purposes!  (Please don’t try this to a show you should be paying for.. that’s not big or clever obviously!)
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Once in, we met up with some more Mumblers at the queue to the Big Top, we discovered they had been waiting there for over an hour, and informed us of no news that anything would be happening any time soon.  People started to leave, including half of The Mumble crew.  I stayed because I was with a couple of friends who were still deciding where we should head for instead, and boy am I glad I did…!
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As we walked towards the exit, we overheard laughter coming form the smaller tent..(which we had missed noticing properly, due to our mission impossible entrance).. We looked at each other with intrigue and made a dash for a cheeky side entrance, only made visible by two spectators whom were sneaking out to the bar.
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We made it into a cosy wee circular space, warmed by giggling bodies and brilliantly lit by all the colours of the rainbow.  We arrived just in time to watch the preview of (what I later assumed to be) The Swing Circus and Big Sexy All Star Cabaret.  We were treated through the laws of gravity by the very Sexy Swing Twins as well as a compilation of juggling and acrobats performed by fresh and hot of the press talent; interluded by the excellent dancers and a compare who sings a bantering song with her dearest companion Colin, about boiling men and sleeping with bunny’s.  Chuckles were had.
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By now, my friends and I had completely forgotten about the trials of arriving and were well oiled up for more entertainment!  We headed outside just in time to hear the calls rounding everyone into the Big Top.  Rubbing our hands with delight, we power in to find a good seat.  This wasn’t difficult as the layout is a traditional big top set up and every seat allows for great viewing.  (Watch your feet though – rather bumpy! After a drink you may look more of clown than you anticipated!)
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In this preview, we were given tasters of scenes from both Wings and Hitch.  Wings is a transitional performance which tells the story of the curators daughter and her journey into womanhood.  Hitch as far as I could distinguish, has it’s own narrative, but without being told, I guessed it to be about a relationship of dominance and submission between a man and a woman, expressed with a lot of rope action!
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We saw a tap-dancer and drummer whom sequenced together an excellent portrayal of movement, light and sound in a raw and humble yet technically bounteous performance.
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This was followed by a music box doll who comes to life with all her music box friends, in an avante guarde act of the imaginary life, of which the daughter character of Wings, experiences to illustrate her being a child . Fantastic costume design and intriguing contortion style movements by the music box doll character.  An intriguing performance, and for some, maybe borderline creepy.
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The daughter character took was center stage next to perform an excellent metaphorical balancing masterpiece! At first the crowed seemed to bore slightly as the feather in which was being balanced on sticks, wasn’t getting very far, and the artist had to keep re-adjusting herself and the sticks before she could proceed. Only when the sticks began to themselves resemble a feather, did it dawn on me, that the mistakes were part of the choreography. A metaphor for life, and how problem solving will always be part of finding the balance, and the only mistake one can truly make, is to stop learning from the errors, and to give up entirely. The audience became awe struck in the finally of this performance, and in the style of a Mandela, her work ceased to be admired for long before she destroyed it… but what a final piece to behold! Absolutely worth the wait of the semblance. This physical story will tech you more than the potential abilities of the human body, for if you look for it, there are great lessons to be had for the spirit and the mind.
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In the final piece, which I later understood to be from the performance Hitch, we were tacked to the edge of our seat with a champion rope performance between a man and a woman. Lights highlighting and shading the extraordinary human form of both performers, while a story seemed to tell of enslavement bound by rope, unleashed by another, and then a mutual trust being born between the two, which leads into frolic and play, setting the hearts of the audience racing and will have your head bobbing up and down as though your neck were made of a cheese string.
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The organisers of the show did very well to cut the performance short, as being a preview indeed, they made sure to leave us gagging for more! The outdoor fire display had to be postponed due to weather conditions, by judging by the standard of what we saw, I am confident in assuring you, it is likely to be nothing short of spectacular.
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This event set the bar for what it means to be of five star calibre, in my opinion, and I would say that you’d be an absolute dafty to miss it!
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Reviewer : Bobbi Mckenzie
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