Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2014
A devised, immersive and downright bonkers piece by my company Chimaera. We did a week of R&D and workshops for children, culminating in a sharing in Somerset. We then took 'Snooze' to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Trumpets sound, lions roar, feathers flutter and sequins line the floor. Roll up, roll up to the circus of dreams. But at what point will consciousness intervene?
Follow three souls who have found home in the travelling circus: Ringmaster rules the roost, Ariel clambers the rafters and Dolly soaks in the spotlight.
Chimaera Theatre invite you on an intimate adventure into the colourful and twisted universe of their vaudeville dream circus. Explore the spaces the mind inhabits when consciousness isn’t watching. Dreams collected from a workshop series inform the storytelling, with original music, movement, language and playful interactivity.
Four Stars from ThreeWeeks
“The Circus of Dreams is surreal, mysterious yet strangely magnetic. The Ringmaster, Dolly and Ariel invite you into the Circus as both a spectator and an employee. Interestingly the action is informed by actual dreams collected in a series of workshops, adding an element of truth, importance and intrigue to the action. Following this vein, the show takes on the form of a dream: confusing, ever ungraspable yet enthralling and all-consuming. The acting is truly brilliant with sincere, believable improvisation and playful interaction with the audience. Chimaera Theatre have combined those two essentials- an intriguing concept and a spectacular cast- into one wonderful show. The Circus of Dreams awaits your arrival.”
FringeReview’s Recommended Show
“Snooze offers something different from a traditional format play. Prepare to watch, to be included and involved, to interact, to promenade and to be disturbed …
Recommended for the energy, the invention and the heartfelt oomph of the trio of performers and their supporting musicians.”