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NoFit State Circus , Hulme Park Manchester , June-30-04
Circus with heart is how NoFit State prefers to be known but as its name suggests this award-winning troupe also provides a different and vastly entertaining theatrical experience.

Currently on a nationwide tour with this new show directed with panache by Firenza Guidi, this unique and exciting multi-media experience is firmly rooted in circus skills. This promenade production is packed with an array of bewildering and breathtaking events happening around, above and within the audience.

Old fashioned shadow play exists in tandem with the most sophisticated multi-media techniques, angelic figures soar on high, spouting philosophical thoughts, while acrobats in swimming costumes and frilly hats pretend to swim down silken sheets. It is amusing, thought-provoking and totally mesmerising.

Providing the powerful background to this visual assault of the senses is a fantastic music score, performed by a first-rate band with some great choral singing masterminded by Peter Reynolds.

Excellent sound and lighting enhances the strong impact of the superb performance skills, while costume designer Sian Jenkins’ delightful array of retro costumes brings gasps, with two powerful images of brides in black and white spiralling down from above.

The trapeze and rope work is extraordinary and is performed with joy. The movement throughout coordinated by Jem Treays, is admirable and the crowd control, among the audience itself is also adroitly handled. In fact, it was difficult to get the crowd to leave this thoroughly enjoyable and intriguing experience.

Reviewed by: Natalie Anglesey – The Stage

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