It’s fair to say that when you’re a child a trip to the circus is a rite of passage. But it turns out that when you’re an adult you can still enjoy the show and this time round they are bigger and better. Cirque Berserk theatre troop combines a group of all singing all dancing theatre acts from across the world and thankfully there are no animals, bearded women or scary clowns to be seen. I would say its more of a talent show experience than a traditional circus as you would know it.
That’s not to say it’s not action packed, far from it- it has everything you expect and then some. Combining skills and traditions from Cuba, Brazil and Kenya it has acrobatic displays, knife throwing, and the globe of death which is probably my favourite part. There’s plenty for the younger members of the family with Tweedy the clown playing the fool incredibly well and a pretty impressive robot who thrills the children with his fire throwing ability and the skilful aerial ballet displaying a softer side if they need a break in between all the action.
Running in Belfast’s Grand Opera House, which on paper I thought wouldn’t work as I assumed this show would be too flamboyant for this grand dame of theatres, but in reality this was not the case. It actually gave it a touch of class and the opportunity for the audience to sit back and relax in its decadent surroundings.
The show length is right, the mix of action and skill is right and the standing ovation at the end showed that the performance is right. I guess the best way to enjoy it is to go and see it for yourself. It’s only running until this Sunday (March 5th) so if you want to enjoy a real spectacular in the true sense of the word this is the show for you.
Contact Grand Opera House box office on 02890 241919 or book online .