Part of This Is Cabaret's coverage of the 2012 Edinburgh Festival FringeWondrous exploits and feats of dexterity await you in the circus programme of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. From scary freaks to family fun, in rings or stages, you’ll find no shortage of amazing tricks that prove how overrated gravity is.

Take your pick from This Is Cabaret’s selection of circus shows and get ready to see the impossible happen before your eyes.

Square Peg  at The Roundhouse

Square Peg brings Rime to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe after touring the UK



1-14, 16-27 August, 23:15. Underbelly Bristo Square (Venue 300, Edinburgh EH8 9AL). £8-15 (£9-14 concessions)
The Australian hunks returns to the Fringe with their mix of circus, comedy and boylesque.


Edinburgh International Circus Festival
3-14, 16-19, 21-26 August (check website for times). Ocean Terminal Big Top (Venue 105, Leith EH6 6JJ). £8-24 (£7-18 concessions)
The biggest circus bill in the Fringe, parading an international cast of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and other speciality acts. Confirmed artists include Equivokee, Donald Grant and the United African Warriors.


Freedom Family Circus
4-11, 13-18, 20-25 August, 13:40. Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel (Venue 189, Edinburgh EH3 9AF). £5-7 (£3-5 concessions, £12-20 families)
Clowns, juggling, dance and music combine into a show for all ages. From the team behind Xtreme Sideshow.


3-15 August, 17:30 (also 12:00 on 10-12 August). Summerhall (Venue 26, Edinburgh EH9 1QH). £10-14 (£9-12 concessions)
Square Peg adapts The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner through the medium of circus and physical theatre.


Tumble Circus: This Is What We Do For a Living
2-12, 14-27 August, 15:40. Underbelly Bristo Square (Venue 300, Edinburgh EH8 9AL). £6-14 (£10-12 concessions)
The Irish acrobat duo makes their Edinburgh Fringe debut after an award-winning Adelaide run.


Vaudeville Schmuck
1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26 August, 17:45. Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68a, Edinburgh EH2 2AA). £5-6
Gentleman juggler Mat Ricardo brings his newest one-man show to the Fringe, featuring his distinctive style of comedy and juggling.


Xtreme Sideshow
4-11, 13-18, 20-25, 27 August, 22:15. Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel (Venue 109, Edinburgh EH3 9AF). £7-12 (£5-10 concessions)
Modern freak show with spikes, sledgehammers, electricity, fire and other stunts. From the team behind Freedom Family Circus.



Photos courtesy of the performers