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Review: Circus Double Bill

Georgia Petkovic

WireDo and Simple Cypher Review at Déda- ‘a daring and exciting evening’


Déda presented a fun avant-garde show for all to enjoy. Déda’s theatre seats up to 124 audience members and offers something for everyone. Situated on Chapel Street in the Cathedral Quarter the theatre displays performances ranging from contemporary dance, to circus, to aerial- just to name a few.

On Saturday 28 October, Déda welcomed a Circus Double Bill as part of their Family Arts Festival.

Hanna Moisala, a daring tightwire artist presented WireDo and Simple Cypher: Kieran Warner and Christopher Thomas combined Hip Hop and circus.

Hanna Moisala opened the show with her brave and intense performance of WireDo. Hanna incorporated body, tightwire and physical composition that drew on the Japanese rope art Shibari.

Every step of the way the tightwire artist kept the audience fixated with her daring moves on the wire.The intimate theatre allowed all to see Hanna’s feelings throughout the performance by her facial expressions.


Her breathing patterns were also clear meaning that as an audience member you could feel involved at every moment during the performance. The audience members also said that they were impressed by Hanna making her own harness for the tightwire, center stage, using ropes.

National Centre of Circus Arts graduates, Kieran Warner and Christopher Thomas then used a Cyr Wheel, juggling and Hip Hop dance to show their originality and unity as a duo.


Simple Cypher used the whole stage to present a fun and cheeky performance that had the whole audience cheering along the way. The quick outfit changes made for a fast paced and exciting 20 minutes. The use of the Cyr Wheel showed the talent and skill of the duo and left everyone wanting more.

At £12 a ticket (£10 concession) this show was great value for money and certainly an entertaining way to spend Saturday night with friends or family. The theatre itself is also well suited for these type of performances as you can engage with the performers and feel a part of the whole production.

Hanna said, “the seating is so close you can actually feel everything that happens.” and Simple Cypher described it as a “beautiful space.”

Overall, an exhilarating, impressive and intense show incorporating something for everyone to enjoy!

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