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  • Writer's pictureJenna Cockburn

REVIEW: Sophie's Surprise 29th | Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023

"Brilliant physical artistry and jaw-dropping routines."

Debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe this year is the first ever show from Three Legged Race Productions, Sophie’s Surprise 29th.

Featuring world-class performers from Cirque du Soleil and Britain’s Got Talent, this interactive show of cabaret and circus swing into town to celebrate Sophie (an unsuspecting volunteer from the audience) turning 29.

Brilliant physical artistry and jaw-dropping routines coupled with laughs and fun interaction makes for many gasps and cheers from the audience.

With aerial acrobatics, unicycle riding, roller skate spinning, and a good dollop of 90s teenage angst, Sophie’s Surprise 29th is one wild party. Just don’t tell Sophie!




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