Review: Driftwood at the Adnams Spiegeltent

NNF17: Casus Circus - Driftwood. Photo: Katie Bennett

NNF17: Casus Circus - Driftwood. Photo: Katie Bennett - Credit: Katie Bennett

Driftwood is an exhilarating acrobatic-fuelled performance peppered with heart-in-mouth moments as the performers mould themselves together into positions not thought to be humanly possible, and all with incredible fluidity.

The cast approach their routines with endearing playfulness, engaging with each other like life-long friends as they chuck each other around like elegant rag-dolls. A talk with the cast afterwards confirms that most of them have trained together since they were teenagers, spending their days experimenting with movements – no show is ever exactly the same.

The performance would benefit from some literature to explain to ideas behind the routines, although impressive – the imagery was somewhat unclear in places and I found the most enchanting part of the performance was a stripped back routine with fewer acrobatics, instead concentrating on the stunning arm and leg elongations that had an almost balletic quality. Still: a thrilling an enjoyable show.

Zoë Jones


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Driftwood is at the Adnams Spiegeltent until Sunday, May 28.

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