A non-stop celebration of the astonishing, surprising, subversive and the supremely sexy – Rouge is heading for the Edinburgh Fringe with its outrageous brand of adult circus.

A decadent blend of sensational acrobatics, operatic cabaret and tongue-in-cheek burlesque the show has earned a host of ★★★★ and ★★★★★ reviews – delighting audiences and critics (see below) alike across Australia.

Its UK premiere takes place at the Underbelly Circus Hub (Venue 360) from 3 to 24 August it was won the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award for Best Circus and Physical Theatre.

Elena Kirschbaum, the show’s director, said: “Rouge loves to break conventions and smash gender stereotypes, so it’s much, much more than simply sexy circus – it’s delightfully subversive, highly inclusive and has quite a few surprises.”

The show has been described as “circus for a new age” (Weekend Notes) – empowering as well as being a supremely entertaining, fun, funny and unforgettable night out.

Rouge is presented by the Highwire Entertainment production house that specialises in circus and multi-artform performances and events worldwide. Two years ago Smut Buttons awarded it ★★★★★ saying “if you aren’t turned on by this you might want to consult a physician, because you’re probably clinically dead”.

In 2018 In Daily (awarding ★★★★) called it “a burst of energy with rippling muscles and plenty of tongue-in-cheek antics” while Great Scott (giving ★★★★) called it “impishly playful with sexuality and gender, with performers living up to and subverting our expectations at every turn”. 

Reviewers are welcome from 5 August.

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For more see http://www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk/whats-on/rouge#calendar-08-2019 and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rougetheshow/

Listings Details

  • Venue: Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (Venue 360)
  • Dates: Aug 3-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-24
  • Time: 21:50
  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Ticket prices: £14.50 and £15.50
  • Box office: 0844 5458282 www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk
  • Advisory: Ages 18+

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