World renowned production company Underbelly are preparing to conquer the EdFringe Festival once again this year as they gear up to return to Circus Hub on the Meadows at the EdFringe Festival with 11 incredible shows spanning circus, cabaret, comedy, variety and more. Covering two alluring venues – The Lafayette Big Top and The Beauty Spiegeltent – as well as an outdoor bar, Underbelly’s Circus Hub is unrivalled, there really is no place like it – it is the true home of Circus at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Audiences can escape the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile with this incredible raft of shows that promise to delight, inspire and entertain EdFringe goers all day and night. There is something for everyone on this incredible programme of Circus Hub shows – showcasing the most awe-inspiring acts from the UK and across the globe, Underbelly’s Circus Hub plays host to an incredibly diverse line-up with performers hailing from the UK, USA, Canada, Belgium, Australia and Ethiopia. See below for more info on each: 


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (The Beauty) | 5.15pm (60mins)

Dates: 5th-13th, 15th-20th, 22nd-26th August (£15.00)

Genre: Circus, Cabaret, (12+)

A punk-rock underground circus cabaret open to all. Always changing and always amazing, Sanctuary Cabaret sees a revolving line-up of internationally renowned circus performers join together to showcase their most personal and prized acts in a gorgeous environment. Brought direct from Chicago by Aloft, the creators of the stunning 2022 Fringe hit Brave Space, this is cabaret excellence everyone can enjoy.


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (The Beauty) | 11:00am (60mins)

Dates: 5th-13th, 15th-20th, 22nd-26th August (£14.50)

Genre: Circus, Immersive, all ages

Brave Space is the building of a blanket fort, sneaking under a hoop skirt, an impulsive congregation in the tiniest of tents. Starting as a puddle of fabric on the floor, it grows to encompass a wondrous world of circus. Intimate and low tech, the audience sits nose-to-nose with an all-female cast of bold physical artists to build the world we want to live in, even for only a few shared moments. ‘Brave Space imagines a kind of dystopian utopia, in which peril is made present but survivable, even beautiful. Its living, beating heart remains constant’ (Chicago Tribune). 


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (The Lafayette) | 6.20pm (60mins)

Dates: Aug 4th-8th, 10th-13th, 15th-20th, 22nd-26th August (£15.50)

Genre: Cabaret, Circus, Music, (12+)

Circa’s smash-hit Peepshow has astonished audiences worldwide. On this seductive circus thrill-ride, flashes of cheeky cabaret, grinding nightclub and raw humanity explode into view before disappearing into darkness.
Now the team from Circa has created Peepshow (Club Remix). Joined by a live DJ and featuring some of the best acrobatic talent on the planet under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, this remix is outrageously skilled, delightfully funny and razor sharp. This is one hot hour of big beats, playful acts and thrilling acrobatics.


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (The Lafayette) | 2.05pm (60mins)

Dates: Aug 5th-13th, 15th-20th, 22nd-26th August (£16)

Genre: Circus, International, all ages

Returning after a dazzling Circus Hub season in 2022, ‘Tulu’ celebrates the true tale of an Ethiopian icon, Derartu Tulu, the first African woman to win Olympic gold. This unmissable showcase of superhuman strength blends breathtaking contortion, awe-inspiring acrobatics and mesmerising fire-juggling with a rocking, exuberant soundtrack. Circus Abyssinia have toured all around the world, including a sell-out run in New York and have been featured on the Royal Variety Performance. They are thrilled to return with this display of speed, skill and flight fit for the whole family. 


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (The Beauty) | 7.20pm (70mins)

Dates: Aug 4th-13th, 15th-20th, 22nd-26th August (£19)

Genre: Cabaret & Variety, Comedy, Circus, (16+)

After a sell out run in 2022, the multi award-winning, cabaret spectacular La Clique returns, featuring the best of circus, comedy and cabaret. Born at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004 and subsequently gaining international acclaim touring the globe, this is the original and trailblazing Spiegeltent cabaret show, bringing you a magnificent new collection of extraordinary new artists and unmissable favourites. The Olivier Award winning, international sensation promises to be a night of laughs, gasps and can’t believe your eyes moments from the best acts around the world.


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (The Beauty) | 1.05pm (60mins)

Dates: Aug 5th-13th, 15th-20th, 22nd-26th August (£14.50)

Genre: Circus, Comedy, acrobatics, (3+)

A treat for the whole family, Brainfools’ Fringe debut defies gravity to conjure a surreal world where a flock of energetic, curious pigeons dwell. Boldly tumbling and gracefully leaping through the air, these mischievous creatures are eager to invite everyone to join in on their fun. With a dynamic display of acrobatics and juggling skills, this tale of one lonely person’s journey to friendship and connection is heart-warming for all ages. From an exciting new company who explore social issues through the thrills and spills of live performance, this colourful and uplifting show is not to be missed.


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (The Beauty) | 3.10pm (60mins)

Dates: 6th–9th, 11th-13th, 15th-20th, 22nd-26th August (£14.50)

Genre: Circus, Live Music, (12+)

RECLAIM is not a show, but a collective experience inspired by the Ko’ch ritual as an act of resistance. An opera singer, two cellists, five circus performers and the spectators will share that ritual in a disturbing closeness. After years of distancing from each other, this powerful collective experience allows us to recover and reclaim what our world needs urgently – humanity. Presented by acclaimed and innovative Belgian company T1J, this is circus which pushes your expectations to the limit.


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (The Lafayette) | 8.30pm (60mins)

Dates: Aug 4th-8th, 10th-13th, 15th-20th, 22nd-26th August (£18)

Genre: Circus, acrobatics, theatre, (8+)

This is circus on a whole new theatrical level. The World Premiere of Duel Reality bursts into Circus Hub from The 7 Fingers, the company who created the hit show Passagers (wondrous acrobatics from Cirque du Soleil spinoff **** Guardian).Star crossed lovers. Two opposing teams. The stage is an arena. Competition can be playful at times, but also dangerously serious. Which side will you choose?


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (The Lafayette) | 4.10pm (60mins)

Dates: 5th-13th, 15th-20th, 22nd-26th August (£15.50)

Genre: Circus, all ages

Balancing atop a giant wheel, courageously diving from 15ft in the air, and somersaulting out of the path of a swinging chainsaw, join The Revel Puck Circus for their exhilarating Edinburgh Fringe debut this August. Bringing a heartfelt, hilarious and dangerous edge, the brightest young talent of the East London circus scene showcase incredible acrobatics, ridiculous physical comedy and the dizzying heights of the UK’s only teeterboard trio. Jam-packed with riotous and mind-blowing moments, this alternative homegrown circus company are a must-see for thrill-seekers young and old.


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (The Beauty) | 9.45pm (60mins)

Dates: Aug 4th-13th, 15th-20th, 22nd-26th August (£16.50)

Genre: Interactive, circus, cabaret, (16+)

Sophie is turning 29 and we’re celebrating!
Imagine if Take That never broke up, Cirque du Soleil had sunstroke and No. 10 had actually known how to throw a party. This interactive circus & cabaret show is stumbling into Circus Hub with its Fringe debut, featuring world-class performers from Cirque du Soleil, Britain’s Got Talent, Gogglebox, and more. Expect twilight fan fiction, unicycling drug dealers and death-defying feats.


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (The Lafayette) | 12.05pm (60mins)

Dates: Aug 5th-13th, 15th-20th, 22nd-26th August (£12.50)

Genre: Comedy, circus, all ages

Everyone put your rubbish out, tonight’s bin night and the Trash Test Dummies are on duty! This award winning, sidesplitting, slapstick comedy-circus routine takes the household wheelie bin to new heights and delivers a dump truck full of hilarity! Winners of the best Children’s presentation at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016 and 2015, and runners up for the Edinburgh Fringe Children’s Choice Award 2016, the Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises.

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