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Peepshow

“Slickly performed”
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Circa’s Peepshow provides an occasionally unusual viewing experience for its punters. It’s a circus show that gamely plays around with the voyeuristic expectations and objectification inherent in acrobatic (and erotic) display. Silver tinsel, red lights and a bass thrum invoke a sense of back-alley sleaze that’s frequently subverted into something strange or whimsical: an innocent juggling routine or a wild, flailing dance.

There are no nipple tassels here; the troupe of three men and four women all wear tight spangly hotpants and the straightforward suggestiveness of a slinky routine or controlled power of a tumbling act is often interrupted by juddering convulsions and falls. Attention is drawn to the tensile toughness of flesh as well as the quivering tension that racks the body of a man balancing a couple of other humans on his head. It’s as if a hernia could appear at any second from the hotpants.

Demonstrations of female strength are frequent and impressive, save for a short and tiresome sequence in which a woman has to show off her bendiness and coyly take off her bra.

The most extreme flexibility comes from Jarred Dewey, a human pretzel on the swinging trapeze capable of eye-popping torsion between chest and groin. Also slightly gag-inducing is his ability to unfurl metres of tissue paper from his mouth into the jaws of his colleagues.

Enhanced by dynamic lighting and a score that includes jazz violin and a languorous Eurythmics cover, Peepshow isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but it’s a generally progressive and enjoyable hour of circus.

 


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Production Details
Production namePeepshow
VenueUnderbelly
LocationLondon
StartsJune 21, 2018
EndsAugust 18, 2018
Running time1hr 10mins
DirectorYaron Lifschitz
Costume designerLibby Mcdonnell
Lighting designerJason Organ, Richard Clarke
CastJarred Dewey, Scott Grove, Billie Wilson-Coffey, David Trappes, Ela Bartilomo, Jessica Connell, Rowan Heydon-White
TechnicalJason Organ
ProducerCirca, Underbelly
VerdictSlickly-performed show from the Australian circus troupe that dabbles in stripping and strangeness
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