Fringe Q&A: Cirque Berserk!

Britain’s biggest theatre-circus spectacular returns following its smash hit sell-out Fringe debut in 2018.

Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre.

Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over 30 acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen. 

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

Last year (2018) was the first time Cirque Berserk appeared at the Fringe although the parent company, Zippos Circus, was at the Fringe in 1993.

Cirque Berserk broke all box office records for ticket sales last year, playing mainly to Scottish families from Edinburgh and the surrounding districts, so it seemed sensible to come back in 2019 with a revised show, some stunning new acts for 2019 like “4 hands 2 wheels” and the favourite acts from 2018.

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?

Cirque Berserk showcases the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills and brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang-up-to-date with a jaw-dropping spectacular created specially for the theatre.

The show includes over 30 acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntment – I am not one of them!

How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

We have been preparing for this year’s Fringe for over a year.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Not so much, but this year at the Fringe, Cirque Berserk has new technical challenges with live projection screens being used, so I am concerned that the technical aspects all work well, the performers are experienced and the show itself ALWAYS goes well.

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

Because there is only one Cirque Berserk. Real Circus made for Theatre. Where else will you see motorbikes racing inside a steel globe upside down at 60mph?

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

Personally I am looking forward to Mr Men and Basil Brush!

What’s on your hit-list to see?

I shall definitely be starting with Mr Men and Basil Brush!

What are you planning to do on your days off?

To see as much live performance as I can absorb, plus I will absorb some whiskey!

Sell your show in no more than ten words…

Britain’s biggest theatre-circus spectacular – and Fringe 2018 smash-hit – is back!

Cirque Berserk! will be at the EICC as part of the Pleasance programme for the month of August for tickets go to www.edfringe.com

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