Credit: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
Sneek-a-Peek

A Simple Space

Despite the lack of props, lighting and special effects this is the greatest spectacle at the Fringe. This show is perfect in it's simplicity.

Venue: Underbelly, Bristo Square (Venue 300) ​
For a full hour after A Simple Space I could feel my heart beating and it felt like I hadn’t just watched but had been a part of the most incredible gymnastics ever. Neither of us could stop talking about it, but walked down the Royal Mile excitedly saying 'do you remember...' or 'oh my god when...'

I don't care who heard us because we had every right to be excited. A Simple Space is nothing short of unreal: the gymnasts flip, build three person high towers, walk across each other's heads and perform incredible balances all with unbelievable speed and ease. The act is also inventive, staying away from creating a mediocre, surrounding narrative, and instead imbedding the comedy in the gymnastics themselves: one gymnast completes a rubix cube while standing on his head - it's fair to say some people are just too talented - another gymnast involves audience members as she jumps over their heads and the audience are invited to chuck coloured balls at the acrobats as they have a handstand competition.

The act is set apart by the intimate space and connection the acrobats make with the audience. They do not hide behind special effects, fancy lighting or props but perform in stripped back plain clothing which bares everything. Nor is the show completely faultless: the acrobats push and test each other competing to do the most backflips or the longest handstand till sweat is pouring down their faces and their arms are about to buckle. This is not just about creating a pretty show but about pushing the limits of what is possible; A Simple Space do not play it safe.

A Simple Space is unreally and unbelievably good; so good that half the time the audience is too stunned to clap. The only thing simple about this show is the space; the acrobats perform the most incredible feats of strength, agility and power all while making you laugh. Despite the lack of props, lighting and special effects this is the greatest spectacle at the Fringe. This show is perfect in it's simplicity.

By Laura Jeffrey



Underbelly, Bristo Square (Venue 300) ​
Bristo Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9AL
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