For me Circus is a reflection of your childhood. As long as I remember myself my mum took me almost every year to see different shows. I don't remember what I liked or disliked about circus as a child, but if you ask me now I will say I don't like clowns and certain animals involved in shows.
Couple of days ago I was contacted by a representative of Billy Smart's Circus with an offer to visit their show in exchange for a review, as you can imagine I couldn't say "No" as the show is in Midlands (close to where I live) and I don't recall when was the last time I have been to a circus.
"The BillySmart's Circus UK tour is brimming with a dazzling combination of theatre, music and dance. Our amazing international artistes bring you a sensational mix of acrobatics, comedy, juggling, illusion and aerial feats. There are no animals and quality and innovation are at the top of the agenda for this sensational company of performers".
I quickly picked the day and off we went to see the show. Out of 4 of us (myself, husband and in laws) I was the only one who had an idea of what to expect from the show as I had a sneaky peek of a show on the website.
It took us around 30 minutes to get to Warwick Racecource and you can't get lost as you can see the circus dome lit up from a far. When we arrived a lovely staff member showed us where to park and where we can find a box office. Box office itself was a lit up trailer with a big Smart's sign.
I don't know about others but I was wowed by the entrance into the dome with dressed up staff, sweet carts, pictures from the show..it had a Moulen Rogue feel to it or maybe just something French..
As we arrived few minutes before the show started we had some time to look around and to buy raffle tickets- the winner gets one of the cute teddies. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take any pictures during the show, but if you would like to Circus charges £1 for a camera ticket, which allows you to take pictures, no recordings are allowed though.
This year's artistes include:
The FLYING ACES from Australia - five exciting youngsters on the flying trapeze (We liked them a lot)
The ASADULLIN TROUPE from Russia bring their spectacular Springboard and Russian Bar acts to the UK for the first time (They were quite good as well, but not as good as X-treme brothers or the Flying aces)
The X-TREME BROTHERS, a trio of handsome and talented acrobats from Romania are sure to be a talking point of the show (Wow, wow, wow)
Italian clown JONNY BOGINO brings his whimsical comedy style to the UK audiences for the first time (I'm not a big fan of clowns but I did giggle I little)
Argentinian bolas drumming from GABRIEL CARMONA and partner liven up the proceedings together with the foot juggling skills of GERMAINE DELBOSQ from France (This is for us was the least interesting part of the show, especially we were very appalled to see Germaine wearing a thong, as the show is not just for adults but for kids as well I don't think this outfit is appropriate, but I'm sure men enjoyed the view though)
Caroline, she is the envy of a generation of school children as she swings, plunges and twists with panache and elegance high above the circus ring
A LIVE BAND, the only one in a British touring Circus, complements the action
Overall, we enjoyed the show and I would certainly recommend to see it, look out for X-treme brothers, The Flying aces and lovely Caroline!
In the end of the show we were given vouchers, which allow us to see the next show in Wolverhampton or Haydock Park Racecourse for a half price. if any of you are interested I am happy to post these vouchers by 1st class post or alternatively you can purchase tickets here.
Disclaimer: I was sent 4 complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinion are my own. Description of the show and few pictures were taken from Billy Smart's Circus website.