22-24 January 2016
Reviewed by Katrina Gelderbloem
Being a mum of an 8 year old with Autism, non-verbal and a sensory disorder. We rarely go anywhere we haven’t researched, printed out pictures for to add into his daily routine plan, we took a chance that he would just love it when we arrived. My husband, 7 and 5 year old arrived with our 8 year old and I came through the side entrance in with his disabled buggy and was greeted, tickets issued to see and taken to our seats where we were able to transfer him directly to a seat and the disabled buggy taken away for storage.
The King’s Theatre was not only beautiful with old features with the plush deep red velvet seats and the smell of dry ice in the air. It was exciting. The show started and not expecting to see live people and not a cinema screen, he was taken aback and held me tight, while our other 2 sat with huge eyes, big excited grins tapping along to the music. After 15 minutes we had to go and get his buggy back and sat in one of the wheelchair spaces at the back in his buggy, which he felt safe and secure in and watched in amazement. A few moments it was too much and we came out into the corridor for a few minutes just listening to sounds and then returned back in.
The show itself covered so many acts, laced together with perfection, non-stop from start to finish that kept us on our seats throughout, the nearly 2 hour show flew by and left us wanting more, with tumblers flying through the air, fire poi’s being held in mouths, bows and arrows being used with feet to hit the targets whilst in a hand stand. Acrobatic skills in mid-air held up by ribbons. Dice and fire foot juggling going on, beautiful aerial ballet, with an entertaining clown “Tweedy” a Glasgow award-winning comic performer. The gasps of the crowd with the knife throwing, giant robots with fireworks and the globe of terror, defiantly deserved the standing ovation they got at the end of the night. All fantastically staged and made for stage perfectly.
Being a special needs family, means going out as a family is never easy and experience ranges from “never ever again”, to “when can we come again”. The Kings Theatre in Glasgow with the wonderful helpful and accommodating staff left us feeling that we want to return again soon and experience more as a family. Access was fantastic, we parked directly outside, access into the building and inside was spacious and easy to get around.
A wonderful production, all ages would enjoy this entertaining bang up-to-date production.
Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, death-defying stunt men. A 100% jaw-dropping spectacular – created especially for the theatre.
FIVE STAR all round from performance, to the theatre, to the dedicated and helpful staff.
Cirque Berserk is currently on tour around the UK, for more information or to book tickets at a venue near you visit www.cirqueberserk.co.uk.
For other shows at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow visit www.atgtickets.com/kings.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648