Review: Little Top at Pleasance at EICC

Circus for babies? As far as Ellie Dubois is concerned, you’re never too young to enjoy the whirligig fun of bravura juggling, or the sight of grown-ups tumbling head over heels in acrobatic partnerships. Her Little Top show for the 0 to 18 months age range – a  SUPERFAN  production presented in cahoots with Starcatchers – offers a close encounter with some very accomplished skills, delivered in an intimate ‘circus ring’ designed by Beck Minto.

Now, because of the whizzing balls that Arron Sparks sends soaring – and catches again! – and the rushing-around of the other three performers, this is not initially a ‘joining-in’ show: that happens with playtime at the end. But before then, the tinies have gurgled at peek-a-boo acrobatic routines and young eyes have opened wide as glow-in-the-dark balls fly thrillingly high. Tots may well run away to the circus once they’ve mastered walking! 

Little Top, Pleasance at EICC, 1st-18th Aug (not 12) 10.30am/1.30pm

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