FRINGE 2018 – CIRCUS – The Displaced – Tandanya – 4K

By Julia Cudsi

In the interests of full disclosure, I was extremely confused at the beginning of this show – I had intended, and prepared to attend, an improv show and was mightily confused when (what I had assumed to be a brief warm-up act of gymnastics) went on for more than 15 minutes. This was around the time where I concluded that I had sat in the wrong theatre (whoops) and decided to settle in for the ride.

And boy, am I glad that I did. “The Displaced” is that most modern type of circus, featuring no animals or even any dialogue, but instead displaying feats of mesmerising physicality.

Including breath-taking displays of aerial gymnastics, thoroughly entrancing dance routines, incredibly skilled tumbling and floor work and even the entrance of some bumbling clowns, “The Displaced” is a fantastic show.

Put on by a young group of circus performers, the show is dystopian in style but not frightening (as demonstrated by the large number of young kids who seemed as mesmerised and engaged as I was). Although there seemed to be a few minor technical difficulties at the beginning of the performance, these were swiftly swept up in the flawless acrobatics and gymnastics on display throughout the performance.

This is a show I would happily watch over and over again, and I feel like I would be newly impressed each time I saw it. To me, this is what the Fringe is really about.

And for what it’s worth, Juliet’s sangria at the front of house is divine. Leave the car at home if you plan to have more than one, though!

“The Displaced” runs until 4 March.


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