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Super Sunday review at Roundhouse, London – ‘rare daredevil skill’

Race Horse Company's Super Sunday at the Roundhouse, London. Photo: David Levene Race Horse Company's Super Sunday at the Roundhouse, London. Photo: David Levene

The opening production of this year’s CircusFest is a thrilling concoction of cowboy hats and carnival atmosphere performed with tightly honed physical skill.

The Roundhouse stage is a funfair where fantasies of boyhood and the realities of manhood collide. The seven male performers play with conventions of sexuality and gender with the same ease as they do with their eclectic variety of live stunt equipment.

Race Horse Company’s Super Sunday is rousingly comic, charmingly human, and pertinently timed, coinciding as it does with the Easter holidays. Religious motifs permeate the revellers’ games. A Jesus figure (Mikko Karhu) is shaken from his crucifix-cum-Russian bar and tied instead to a dizzying Wheel of Death. But the real test of faith here is the one the performers have in each other.

While all the company members are skilled in the art of engaging the audience with a look or a wiggle, a precocious star-turn from Odilon Pindat – as the leather lingerie-clad flyer in a human catapult – soars toward the divine. The superbly synchronised and perfectly timed trampolining of Karhu and Rauli Kosonen, combined with the sound design of Sami Tammela, is another highlight.

This is the first show London has seen from the Finnish troupe since Petit Mal, and the biennial festival of contemporary circus must be applauded for giving a British audience another chance to appreciate the company’s madcap brilliance.

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Joyous circus show which embraces love, life, risk with rare daredevil skill