Review: Driftwood
Young Ambassador Ruby Pinner on dazzling stunts at Driftwood circus

Our Young Ambassador Ruby Pinner, from Hellesdon High School, reviews ‘Driftwood’ at Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.


One of the acts to inhabit the iconic Adnams Spiegeltent for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017 is the magical Driftwood Circus. Performed by the Australian circus company Casus, who have showcased their work internationally in over fifteen different countries, the show is an absolute must-see. Driftwood is one of the most astounding pieces of physical theatre that I have had the pleasure to wtness. I dare not blink and miss a second of this rich masterpiece; the action is unfaltering and every moment counts. Combining breathtaking and impressive stunts with delicate precision, the production explores the dangers of the human experience, our relationships with each other and what it means to connect emotionally with those around us.

an other-worldly theatrical experience

From the instant that the centerpiece of a single lamp hanging from the ceiling was switched on the whole room was sucked into a surreal and profound dream-scape. From then on the audience was lost in a world of impressive physicality. All company members stood out for their outstanding strength, flexibility and acrobatic agility. Scenes displaying harmonious teamwork between members as well as independent performances were equally gripping and awe-inspiring, showing an ability to make stunning physical art as an ensemble as well as the skill to hold the audience in their grip all alone.They made unfathomable acrobatics look effortless, conducting supersonic upside-down pirouettes and gravity defying headstands. The stunning art that the group created with their bodies combined with the ethereal setting of the Spiegeltent made for an other-worldly theatrical experience, one that I will not forget in a hurry. Inside the tent it felt like anything was possible, Driftwood Circus is a show that I would recommend to anyone who wants to escape into a world of magic and intrigue.


Our Young Ambassador programme, launched in 2016, aims for every school in Norfolk to have a UNESCO City of Literature champion. These ambassadors share a love of reading, writing and books in their schools and local communities and spread the word of Norwich as England’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

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