Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (theatre, physical theatre)

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  • Wee Red Bar - Wee Red Bar Main Space
  • 14:00
  • Aug 23
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Deficit Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Venue Age Restriction: Strictly 16+ after 23:00. Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Deficit, the debut work of new collective Deficit Theatre, is an incredible new piece of devised theatre that exposes the magical realism of our everyday lives. We follow five vibrant characters, Selkie, Kelpie, Wulver, Beira and Poltergeist, as they explore the many facets of the human condition. Through playful and intimate movement and dance, we watch them deconstruct their own metaphors. Incorporating original short film and groovy sound, join us as we push the boundaries of traditional physical theatre with profound self awareness and accessibility. Don’t worry, you’re allowed to laugh.

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Nic Amsterdam 109 days ago

Really great performances ..loved the mix of dance, physical and video. Well worth seeing.

Lewis Hann 114 days ago

This show was a great choice. 5 talented physical performers portray 5 contrasting characters each with their own stories that are performed in beautiful and impressive choreography. I won't lie, I did lose the story from time to time, but overall a fantastic piece to see.

Maximus McCabe-Abel 117 days ago

Deficit, dir. Maddie Flint [2019]

It is impossible to be a passive witness to Deficit’s primal and provocative depiction of human nature. From its abrupt beginning to its climactic dance sequences, this incredibly tactile performance by a young group of five vibrant characters sweeps you up and refuses to let go. Maddie Flint’s production of Deficit undoubtedly deserves merit for the performances of the lead characters, the meticulous choreography, and the very impressive original cinematography that serves as a backdrop for the action. All of the leads effectively tackled the various facets of human nature without much verbal expression – of particular mention was the performance of Beira (played by A. Chinnock-Schumann), whose contemporary style of ballet conveyed the power of her character; with no words was she able to hold us with an expressive and visually moving dance sequence.

With all the unspoken contemplation of a Virginia Woolf novel, Deficit provides an engaging hour of introspective magical realism, but this may be off-putting to those with a predilection for traditionalist theatre over ‘alternative’ genres and therefore it is a production that traditional theatre-goers should avoid – the virtual absence of dialogue proffers a base and stripped-back version of human emotion conveyed purely through primal dances and provocative displays of introspection. Whilst the minimal dialogue does shift the focus onto the physicality of the play, it makes for somewhat underdeveloped characters distant from the audience, despite the fact that the dance scenes occur so close that it feels as if you will be swept up within them. Although some of the themes of the play, such as insomnia, alcoholism and drowning were at times unpalatable, the tactile portrayal of primal human emotions may strongly resonate with alternative, introspective or non-traditional audiences. However, none of the central characters need to wave a stick to be noticed on stage – they admirably hold our attention for 60 minutes and deserve considerable merit for the commendable and original production they have put together.

4/5 stars

Scarlett McCabe-Abel 117 days ago

One giant leap for womankind!

If you were labouring under the misapprehension that the Edinburgh Fringe was full of arty-farty plays and delusional people who consider their work to be ‘art’, then prepare to be proved wrong, for the only words which spring to mind after watching director Maddie Flint’s, Deficit, are: stimulating, original and a party for the senses! Deficit proves itself to be a moving play whose characters are able to convey extreme emotions and thoughts through the medium of movement and dance. The play’s title may suggest Deficit will be a shortfall, but fear not! Instead, prepare to be moved like you’ve never been moved before and discover emotions you didn’t know you had! Anyone who is anyone will leave Deficit having loved at least one aspect of it – I promise you.

If ballet is your thing then be prepared to hold up your jaw while watching Beira (played by Amelia Chinnock-Schummann) in an attempt to not let it drop. She will dazzle, inspire and amaze you with the delicate beauty, power and precision her ballet creates. Now, I was no ballet fan before watching Deficit, but I am now! So, if you’re reading this and thinking, ‘Thank U, Next’ at the mention of ballet, think again! You may surprise yourself, so give ballet a chance!

Equally, Yann Davies (playing Selkie) and Daniele Silvan (playing Wolver) prove that power is not merely limited to physical strength, but instead, expression of the human body. Both Davies’ and Silvan’s performances are not far short of professional standard. Eyebrows will be raised, but not in confusion or disapproval, but in sheer amazement at their acrobatic skill – visually stunning.

The expression ‘one-trick-pony’ is not something director and writer Maddie Flint (playing Kelpie) will be familiar with, being able to write an exquisitely self-reflective play as well as express the emotions she wrote on paper, and translate them onto the stage. A woman of many talents who isn’t afraid to leap into the 21st century with her fresh take on modern theatre, Deficit places more emphasis on movement and expression rather than words. Truly inspiring! Now, if you love to laugh, Poltergeist (played by Fraser Kelsey) will certainly put a smile on your face with his instant likeability and irresistible laugh. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such passion and emotion in a performance than in Fraser’s. It is so raw, real and a clear demonstration of an actor who can really get inside the head of his character.

Anyone else a big film fan? Me too! Well, Deficit just keeps giving with Andrew Perry (Director of Photography) creating film shots similar to Hitchcock’s Vertigo with close-up shots and coloured lighting that makes you feel the tensions and anxieties that Wolver (Daniele), Poltergeist (Fraser), Beira (Chinnock-Schummann), Kelpie (Maddie Flint) and Selkie (Yann Davies) are going through. Maddie Flint makes you feel empathy through her writing.

Ever been to a play where scene changes are one jarring movement after another, and the actors give the tech manager a threatening look that could melt stone when they miss their cue? Well, prepare for a seamlessly executed play with Lewis Forman (producer and tech manager) taking control. Top job! So, now you’ve finished reading this review – what are you waiting for? Go and see Deficit. You won’t regret it!

5 stars

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 104 days ago

Everyone has different incarnations of themselves, different character traits that in Deficit are brought to life through physical theatre and dance. Each character is flawed, or has a flaw. There are thoughts of suicide, feelings of being out of control, inability to sleep and an exploration of relationships and the...

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