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Review: The Hogwallops in Chapelfield Gardens

PUBLISHED: 14:52 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:52 19 July 2018

Norwich-based Lost in Translation Circus. Photo: Eoin Carey

Norwich-based Lost in Translation Circus. Photo: Eoin Carey

Eoin Carey

After more than two years touring the UK and Europe, Norwich’s own Lost In Translation circus troupe have finally brought their show The Hogwallops to the city – and what a treat we’ve been missing.

Packed with tightly-choreographed tumbling, clowning, and slapstick shenanigans this is a lip-smackingly entertaining show, with humour running at multiple levels to keep both children and adults amused.

The temporary big top in Chapelfield Gardens was kitted out with an inventive set: clothes lines transform into high-level swings, kitchen appliances get stacked up into elevated stages, and a zimmer frame takes on a central part in a sublime aerial piece.

The action is close and fast with several nail-biting moments as the cast fly through the air or climb ever higher on top of each other; the story is completely bananas (literally in the case of a plot line involving some missing fruit) yet still totally enjoyable.

The temporary stage could have been a little higher to help with visibility during some of the floor work, but that aside this was perfectly pitched frothy family fun.

James Goffin


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