26-28 January 2015
Reviewed by Kayreen Di Folco
My husband and I went to see Cirque Berserk at the beautiful King’s Theatre in Glasgow. I was full of anticipation as I absolutely love a good circus act. The more death defying, the better! Cirque Berserk did not disappoint.
The show was held in the aptly named The King’s Theatre. It is grand, and beautifully traditional. It is a beautiful building inside and out. Situated on Bath Street, it is right in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Although on street parking is scarce, there are nearby multi-story car parks and an abundance of public transport option with the closest bus stop just outside the theatre itself. Train and underground stations are less than a 10 minute walk away. The entrance of the building is easy to locate with large open doors. The entrance foyer is beautiful, with red carpets and oak furniture. Lots of staff were on hand to direct us where to go. The box office was easy to locate as it was next to the doors. After receiving our tickets, we headed off to our seats. Again, these were easy to locate as there was visible signage to each seating area. Our seats were in the Grand Circle and the view was great. We were on the 1st floor of the building and we had a very good view of the stage as the rows of seats had a good height difference from the first making it easy for every row to see the performance. The seating was comfortable with plenty of leg room.
Onto the performance itself. The stage was set-up with various pieces of equipment, but the thing that really caught our eye was the huge, spherical, cage. We were very excited by it! Traditional circus music was playing in the background, which was pleasant and definitely set the mood for the evening. Before the show began an announcement welcomed us to the show and informed us that, instead of switching off our phones, we were able to take pictures and videos and share with our social media sites. Great! The show began and we were met by a troupe of what can only be described as supermen. The balancing abilities and strength of these men were amazing. The show moved along and different acts appeared on the stage, each giving us more jaw-dropping moves and abilities. I found myself sitting with my hands over my eyes at one point, looking through my fingers, as I couldn’t look away! The variety of acts was brilliant, the change up every few minutes held the attention of the audience for with whole show. I heard a few gasps and saw a few hands reaching up to mouths throughout the evening.
One recurring theme of the night was Tweedy, the unfortunately, clumsy clown. He was super, lots and lots of belly laughs watching him. Throughout his acts there were plenty of strategically placed noises, which alone had us laughing! The kids in the audience loved him, and towards the end of the show the audience were cheering and clapping when he arrived back on stage for another instalment of light-hearted silliness. He even had a couple of audience members up to assist at one point which had the rest of us howling with laughter.
The other acts included dancers, fire acts, acrobatics, aerobatics, contortionists, balancing acts, knife throwing, jumping through hoops, back flips, people being thrown in the air to name but a few. The knife throwing had me on the edge of my seat. With every knife that hit the board, I gained a grey hair. I was sure we would see blood at any moment! The show was full of expert showmanship, confidence and superhuman abilities.
The aforementioned spherical, metal cage was one of the most mind-boggling acts I have ever seen. ‘The Globe of Death’, as it is named, had everyone staring in amazement. At the peak of its performance, there were FOUR motorcyclists whizzing around inside the cage. The act also included a very glamorous assistant standing in the middle of the cage with two riders zooming all around her, proving how amazing the act really is. My eyes were darting everywhere trying to watch all participants at the same time. It was staggering!
To sum it up in three words (as one is just not enough), the show was a gripping, captivating and extraordinary show of pure superhuman talents. I think the fact that the end of the show was met by a standing ovation from the Glasgow crowd, young and old, proves how much everyone loved it. My recommendation would be to go and book your tickets now! I know the whole family will enjoy it.
Tickets cost from £21.90 to £44.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Cirque Berserk is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow until 28 January 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648