Cirque Berserk at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh Review

20-24 February 2018

Reviewed by Emily Crombie

Cirque Berserk opened at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh on 20 February 2018, where it runs for five days until the 24th February. An evening performance starts at 7.30pm from Tuesday till Friday and there are three performances on Saturday at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm.

The show is interactive, encouraging photos and social media posts and is suitable for all the family although the minimum age is recommended to be 5 years old. Unlike most theatre shows, tickets are half price for under 16-year olds (2 child tickets per adult).

Cirque Berserk is fast moving and high octane keeping you on the edge of the seat throughout. We were treated to 1 hour 45 minutes (including a 20-minute interval) of the very best of circus performances set within the plush surrounds of the Festival Theatre.

Performers from across the globe show off their skills… the African Timbuktu Tumblers are fast and agile, but their limbo act is something else! Ariel acrobatics, knife throwers, contortionist, jugglers and dancers all give spectacular performances. Tweedy the Clown (from Scotland) dishes up the expected slapstick humour filling in the gaps between performers but billed as “a petrol-fuelled hair-raiser: The Motorcycle Globe of Death” is certainly the most dangerous performance with 4 motorbikes racing around a spherical cage at 60 miles per hour… it must be seen to be believed!

Timbuktu Tumblers: Human Pyramid
Photographer Piet Hein-Out

Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre is managed by the charity Festival City Theatres Trust in partnership with Edinburgh City Council bringing a wide range of performing arts to Edinburgh. Located on Nicolson Street the Festival Theatre is a short walk from Waverley Train Station and Princes Street. There is some parking in the area as well. The Theatre has a modern glass facade and foyer, but the auditorium is traditional in style.  With the largest stage in Scotland it is an ideal venue for performances such as Cirque Berserk.

Rating: 4/5

Tickets cost from £20.50 to £30.50 (booking fees may apply).

Cirque Berserk is at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh from 20-24 February 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.edtheatres.com or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.

Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT | 0131 529 6000

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