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Somewhere you should go… Postcards 2013: A Festival of Circus & Cabaret at Jacksons Lane

Back for a third year of incredible and artistic performances, Jackson Lane’s Postcards Festival is a chaotic and colourful display of performance art at its most extraordinary.  From the 13th to 29th June the remodelled gothic church that is The Jackson Lane multi-arts venue will host a range of vibrant and fantastical performances that could never be seen anywhere else. Included will be stunning examples of comedy, dance, theatre, song and of course the festival’s staple – circus and cabaret.

Postcards 2013

Highlights of the festival include the masters of cabaret, The Double R Club, creators of dark and edgy burlesque-inspired performances, Piff The Magic Dragon, renowned juggler Matt Ricardo – half comedian, half circus performer and all showman, and the (literally) unbelievable Cluen Family Dynasty – a completely fictional family of circus performers brought to life by London based artist Flora Bradwell.

However, this isn’t a festival that’s all about big names. Jackson Lane keeps true to its passion for supporting emerging artists, with Postcards including up-and-coming artists such as contemporary circus acts Inverted and Bike & Rabbits, whose double-billed performances will shatter your conceptions of what ‘circus’ truly means.

Postcards 2013

This year’s Postcards Festival is a more condensed version of its predecessors. But while the programme may be shorter, there is by no means any shortage of talent on display. As artistic director Adrian Berry says, the festival matches the name ‘Postcards’, “short, international, summery, colourful… even a little bit saucy.”

Whether or not circus and cabaret is “your thing”, I challenge anyone to say that the Postcards Festival is anything less than a luminous display of the surreal, innovative and completely unique. (Words: Conori Bell-Bhuiyan)

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