Review: ★★★★ Knot (Circusfest), The Place

Circusfest 2018 has got off to a cracking start – if you don’t believe me, check out our reviews of ‘Even When I Fall’ and ‘Hyena’. Happily, ‘Knot’ keeps up the momentum to deliver a hilarious, moving and bloody impressive evening of acrobatics.

Nikki and JD’s latest project, ‘Knot’, is a vulnerable and very genuine exploration of human relationships – love, betrayal, friendship and everything that binds us in between. Interspersed with sections of breathtaking choreography, the two performers take it in turns to deliver monologues about their relationships, lives and romantic histories. The acrobatics are sensational and outrageously talented; the spoken sections are very human and very funny – particularly JD’s sharp observations.

Nikki and JD carry the evening on their ridiculously strong shoulders, quite literally, and both juggle fluid, elegant dance with an engaging honesty that has the audience on their side within minutes. It’s just a shame that the show is so short – running at under an hour – and that it runs at the Place at part of a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it quick tour. But for those of you in Newbury, Ipswich and Wandsworth – whatever your opinions on love and acrobatics, it’s well worth a watch.

Beth Pratt
Beth Pratt

Beth Pratt is a huge fan of theatre who fell into stage managing after studying English at the University of Exeter. She has been working in theatres across London and the UK for the past year. In her spare time she sings loudly in the shower, tries out fad exercises and tells people about her new puppy.


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