Review: Tumble Circus presents Damn the Circus


Saturday, 20th October 2013 at Belmont Park, Belfast as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s

On a cold, clear Saturday night we were treated to a wonderful performance from a trio of talented artists comprising of two acrobats, Ken Fanning and Tina Segner, accompanied by harpist, Ursula Burns from Tumble Circus.

The show was a delightful mix of humour, theatre, slapstick, acrobatics and wonderful renditions of many popular songs by Ursula.  One highlight was Tina’s solo aerial silk performance with an enraptured audience on tenterhooks as she manoeuvred herself gracefully amongst the red silk whilst Ursula provided an evocative musical backdrop with Johnny Cash’s Hurt.

Ken’s tragic clown routine was both funny and sad at the same time and the slapstick was well played out to great effect.

What struck me was the trust the artists needed in each other to be able to carry off a lot of their routines and it is something that is very evident from the very beginning with all three performers working together in a very well oiled routine.  This is a performance that I would love to catch again and definitely look forward to future works by Tumble Circus.

One warning for those intending to take any young children – there is some light swearing (the four letter “S” word) and a touch of adult humour.

Damn the Circus will have shows in the Falls Park on 26th and 27th October 2013 at 7pm with a matinee on Sunday, 27th October 2013 at 3pm.  Tickets are £8 for adults, £4 for children.  There are family tickets available (2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and 3 children) for £18 and can be booked via the Belfast Festival at Queen’s website.

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