Celebrate the 250th anniversary of circus with some of the most jaw-dropping acts in town…

Circus

Cirque Berserk!

Making its Fringe debut this year, renowned circus extravaganza experts Cirque Berserk! are here to up the ante with a high stakes circus variety performance.

WHERE & WHEN

Pleasance at EICC, 3-26 August (not 22), times vary, from £12

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Circus

Barely Methodical Troupe: SHIFT

After last year’s smash hit, KIN, Barely Methodical Troupe are back with another hard-hitting dose of gut-wrenching acrobatics, impressive displays of strength and cyr wheel tricks.

WHERE & WHEN

Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 4-25 August (not 8, 13, 20), 4pm, from £10

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Cirque Alfonse: Tabarnak

Live electro-trad music sets the scene for this impressive performance by Quebecois troupe Cirque Alfonse. Their latest show is inspired by the community church of their childhood and amped up to the max by their trademark anarchist style, full of demanding stunts and high-energy impact.

WHERE & WHEN

Underbelly’s Circus Hub, 4-25 August (not 8, 13, 20), 7pm, £17.50

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Casus: You and I

Bringing a more intimate form of circus to the stage, Casus co-founders Jesse Scott and Lachlan McAuly perform a particularly personal two-hander, telling the story of their love and relationship through movement. Expect gasp-worthy acrobatics infused with a lot of heart.

WHERE & WHEN

Assembly Roxy, 2-26 August (not 13, 20), 3.10pm, from £10

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A Good Catch: Casting Off

Circus gets an intergenerational spin in Casting Off, where stereotypes are thrown to the wind and the performers take to the skies, too. Political yet funny, raunchy yet refined, this talented

troupe are here to prove you’re never too old or too young to have fun.

WHERE & WHEN

Assembly George Square Gardens, 2-26 August (not 13, 20), 5.15pm, from £10

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Universoul Circus

With over 25 years under their belts as legends of the American circus scene, UniverSoul make their Fringe debut with Hip-Hop Under the Big Top, a beat-based acrobatic spectacular. Ringmaster Lucky Malatsi comperes the show, bringing together clowns, contortionists, dancers, acrobats, and high-wire experts for the ultimate variety experience.

WHERE & WHEN

Underbelly’s Circus Hub, 4-25 August, 5pm, from £19.50

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FLIP FABRIQUE, RADIANT BELLEVUE, CALUIRE (69), 21-12-2016 © STEPHANE THABOURET

Flip Fabrique: Attrape Moi

Missed Flip FabriQue last year? Never fear, the sell-out favourites are back with ultra-modern show Attrape Moi, featuring adrenaline-filled tricks from trampoline wall stunts to gasp-worthy parkour. Extreme, fun, and truly unique, this troupe bring circus bang up to date.

WHERE & WHEN

Assembly Hall, 2-27 August (not 8, 13, 20), 5.30pm, from £15

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The 7 fingers: Réversible

Circus with a story is the order of the hour with the latest show from world renowned performers, The 7 Fingers. Taking inspiration from the relationships shared between generations, the emotive Réversible may blend acrobatics with theatre, but that’s not to say the physical performance is any less impressive in skill and drama.

WHERE & WHEN

Assembly Rooms, 2-26 August (not 8, 13, 20), 6.15pm, from £12

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