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Run away with a circus at the Black-E

City girl brings Aussie band of high-flyers home for rare UK show

Published on November 6th 2013.

Run away with a circus at the Black-E

WITH its high celiing, balcony, and seating style, the Black-E is a natural big top when it comes to watching trapeze and other aerial acts.

And this week the Great George Street venue has bagged something of a coup with Casus, one of Australia's finest circus companies, in residency there for the whole week.

They are limbering up with lithe and lissom young people at the Black-E all this week, in skills workshops. However, the lardier among us will get the chance to see them in action this Thursday and Friday when they present the premier of Knee Deep, one of only three UK dates.

Knee Deep, they say, is a show in which "four performers explore the boundaries of strength and tenderness. Bodies are pushed and pulled, weighed and tested, probing the limits of both physicality and feeling."

A bit like getting on the stopper to Manchester in the rush hour.

Casus combines the talents of former Circa and The Flying Fruit-Fly Circus performers Emma Serjeant, Jesse Scott and Lachlan McAulay, with Polytoxic’s Natano Fa’anana to create "a bold and captivating performance style of breath-taking and beautiful displays of skill".

Having already wowed the crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the gig is extra special for Casus director Serjeant who is from Liverpool. She says: "I am completely thrilled to be able to present Knee Deep in my native town of Liverpool. When I was growing up in the 80s, Liverpool was a rough and ready type of place and I know it has changed a lot! To be able to perform and engage with the youth of Liverpool is an honour and a dream of mine." 

*Casus present Knee Deep, The Black-E, The Black-E, Great George Street, Liverpool, L1 5EW,  Thu 7th - Fri 8th November 2013. Doors 6.30pm, Show 7.30pm. Tickets: £8 for adults, £6 concs, £20 for a family of 4 and £10 for balcony standing In person via Philharmonic Hall Box Officecall 0151 709 3789 or go online 

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