International circus stars demonstrate their superpowers at the Fringe, with feats of endurance not for the faint-hearted

Words Anna Rieser

Black Blues Brothers

Combining the classic tunes of The Blues Brothers with the virtuosity of five Kenyan acrobats, this is a daring tribute to the cult comedy classic. Energetic and fun, fusing the vibrancy of Africa with a rhythm and blues sound, this is the perfect circus for all the family.


Assembly Rooms – Music Hall, 1-25 Aug, 4.30pm from £10


Flip Fabrique bring us the premiere of Blizzard all the way from Quebec. Get carried away on a poetic journey through a wintery landscape, with some of the finest performers working today. 


Assembly Main Hall,
1-26 Aug, 4.45pm from £12   


Montreal’s masters of clowning Les Foutoukours bring us their premiere show. Follow the hilarious emotional and acrobatic journey of two clowns trying to find their big break in international showbiz. Expect plenty of traditional clowning as well as emotional depth as we follow their story and mop up the odd tear.


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows – The Beauty, 2pm, 3-24 Aug (not 13, 20), from £15,

Bromance by Barely Methodical

After huge success with KIN and Shift, Barely Methodical circus troupe return with Bromance. The show explores friendship through handshakes that become handstands, and backslaps that become backflips. This look at male companionship is audacious, touching, showstopping and exhilarating.


Assembly Rooms – Music Hall,
1-25 Aug (not 7, 12, 19), 3pm from £10

Hotel Paradiso

A run-down hotel becomes a physical playground as a multinational cast of six acrobats, clowns and jugglers battle to save their home and livelihood. Heart-stopping aerial skills, stunning floor acrobatics, laugh-out-loud clowning and physical comedy combine to deliver thrills, action and a fun-filled family show.


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows – The Beauty, 12:10 pm, 13-24 Aug (not 19), from £14.50,


Touching exploration of a modern affair told through breathtaking acrobatics and dance. Physically exhilarating and poignant, Knot, from internationally acclaimed circus and dance team Nikki & JD, dwells on love and the cost of being honest.


Assembly Roxy – Upstairs, 1-25 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 2.45pm, from £10


This is late-night circus for grown- ups, combining acrobatics, opera, cabaret and burlesque. The award-winning circus company deliver a decadent treat; filthy, gorgeous and guaranteed to make you blush.


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows – The Beauty, times vary, 3-24 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), from £15.50

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Cirque Berserk!

Roll up, roll up! Following its sell-out Fringe debut in 2018, Cirque Beserk returns with a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre with more than 30 acrobats, aerialists, dancers and drummers. It also features the legendary motorcycle Globe of Death stuntman, who would put Evel Knievel to shame.


Pleasance at EICC, 2-20, 22-25 Aug, times vary, from £12,

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