This review could have been, by far, the shortest that I have ever written; in fact, it could have consisted of merely two words: ‘Just go’
However, some background and context are in order – especially if it convinces others to do so.
We get to see some beautifully integrated examples of high-level ‘human circus’ performances
Upon entering the massive hall, the (three-quarter) auditorium seemed to open into another world: singers were dressed as phonograms: mimes were dressed as accordions: and violinists were dressed as nothing previously witnessed.
There were aerialists overhead, aliens on the ground-level stage and a bridge between our worlds, connecting two.
If audience members get in line and on time, they can go backstage in order to cross the bridge onto the stage. Once the performance commenced, we were introduced to ‘The Seeker’; a mad professor who – by believing in an invisible world, just beyond the comprehension of most – sets off in search of it.
In this way, we see some beautifully integrated examples of high-level ‘human circus’ performances: trapeze artists, acrobatic troupes, invisible circus acts, an incredible contortionist quartet, and an extraordinary mime artist/clown. The list is long and entertaining, but not exhausting.
The running time is almost 2.5. hours but – with a 20-minute interval – there are enough perfectly-timed and choreographed wonders to keep kids of all ages entertained.
The live music choreographed ‘business, costumes, lighting, sound design… even the audience interplay – it’s all top-notch.
There are enough perfectly-timed and choreographed wonders to keep kids of all ages entertained.
The stage design utilises a ‘live video-cam projector + 3D projection – giving everyone a superb opportunity to become immersed in the show. Indeed, it is possibly one of the few times the raked upper tiers might arguably be a better bet than the (much closer) stall seats.
However, this reviewer was too transfixed to do much complaining – so good was the show.
To say all that… if you can get tickets to see the show… JUST GO.
If you can buy a programme… please DO.
IF YOU CAN TAKE A CHILD… Make it SO.