Blackpool Tower Circus ~ Review

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Blackpool Tower Circus

Star rating: ****

Circus has been a popular entertainment and art form for 250 years, now! What a revelation, and indeed a superb achievement. It deserves a few honks of a clown’s horn at the very least and perhaps a mammoth celebration, you might think? Well, Blackpool Tower Circus have produced that very celebration. It’s a spanking brand new show for 2018 and stars Blackpool Circus favourites, Mr Boo and Mooky.

With the two popular clowns at the helm, what could go wrong? Plenty, with Mooky mucking about and getting under Mr Boo’s feet, interrupting his pal’s attempts to play a full tune on the sax and of course, the age old mirror trick adding an extra dimension to their well established comedy act. It was a delight to follow the hilarious pair ‘around the world’ as we were treated to acrobatics, tricks and an astounding array of balancing acts. The talent within the troupe knows no bounds, from using a bike to increase the risk in a stunning balancing act, to using the whip in the most extraordinary fashion (and without any animals, I hasten to add). Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Storm Troopers appear and so do trampolines – mind blown! All of which is punctuated with Mooky and Mr Boo clowning around and engaging the audience in their madcap antics.

With a finale to beat all finales, the acts you’ll see will amaze, wow and astound you beyond belief. There’s never been a better time to go to see the Blackpool Tower Circus, it’s great family entertainment, although a few of the acts lost our little boy’s attention – but he is only 4 years old. If you’ve been to the Circus before, you’ll already know what a treat you’re in for and if you haven’t been to one yet, this is a fantastic one to start with. Make sure you have your photo taken in front of the green screen too!


The Little Mermaid ~ Malvern Theatres

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Star rating: ****

It was a first for me to see a Circus performance and definitely a first to be able to appreciate Little Mermaid performed this way. However, I hope this will be the first of many opportunities I will have, as I have witness something extraordinary in Metta Theatre’s production.

With book, lyrics and additional song melodies from Poppy Burton-Morgan, we were treated the tale of the mermaid’s quest to live on land which is mirrored by the Prince’s desire to be by the sea. A fateful storm throws them into one another’s path and so begins the classic love story, it’s a rollercoaster of dark magic from the Sea Witch, life-changing choices and the overall feeling that love will conquer all eventually.

The music was played on stage by the cast and they all possessed stunning singing voices, their musicality matched their physical abilities and made for quite the spectacle. The strength, trust and confidence that each one emulated was thrilling too.

With a set which was minimalistic yet represented the sea beautifully, with the sparse addition of relevant apparatus, the scene was set for a story of wonder. The talented ensemble demonstrated their abilities as acrobats, singers, musicians and story-tellers. I can honestly say this was the first time I’d ever seen an individual swinging upside down and simultaneously playing the violin! It looked as natural as the other stunning choreography and movement, though, the entire show was seamless.

It was unfortunate that my eyes were drawn to the wings as I was eager to watch the technicalities, this may have distracted me from the splendour unfolding on stage. However, there’s no denying that the production is flawless both on and off stage.

I’m delighted to have dipped into a different genre of live performance and Malvern Theatres provided a superb space to watch it in.

Photo Credits: Robert Day


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