Pants Down Circus: Rock, Assembly George Square, Review

Rating (out of 5)
Show info
Pants Down Circus
Devised and created by the performers
Joshua Phillips (acrobat), Hannah Cryle (strong woman), Idris Stanton (clown), Caz Walsh (aerialist).
Running time

A fine balance of flair and farce makes Pants Down Circus: Rock, an hour of frolicking fun for all the family.

As the title suggests, rock music set the theme for this lively, laughter-filled show, and classics from across the rock spectrum - from Queen to Run DMC – provided the ambient soundtrack. The four talented performers - two of each sex – between them brought along a variety of circus skills and a finely-tuned sense of humour. They also rocked the rock look, with one of the male performers in shorts and mullet-wig paying his own tribute to Scottish-born Australian guitarist, Angus Young of AC/DC fame, and leather jackets and cool shades playing an important role throughout.

The hour raced by with an entertaining mix of juggling, balancing and acrobatics, with a trapeze-act to finish. The skill of these performers was evident, but it was the staging and narrative that really turned this show into an event. Often, a display of circus skills has something in common with fireworks – the shock and surprise of the first ‘wow’ rapidly repeats until you reach the point of ‘seen one seen them all, take it or leave it’. These days, circuses need a little extra to make an impact – and Pants Down did just that.

Their unique selling point was definitely their humour, and they had one group of women, and later a group of men, literally crying with laughter, physically shaking with tears rolling down their cheeks. And this was really infectious. One routine in particular, set to Bohemian Rhapsody, was inspired – as was a sunglasses and leaf-blower routine (no spoilers here, if you want to know more you will have to go see it!)

All the way from Australia, this team are self-funded and, in the interests of maintaining standards at the Fringe, they really should be encouraged. So go and support them – they’ll be ripped and you’ll be rocked!

Runs until 25th August (not Mondays) at 5.30pm