Reviewed by Jo Francklow
Wow, wow, wow, wow!!!
I absolutely LOVED it!
If you’re looking for a show which will completely engage your attention, keep you holding your breath in amazement and create an adrenalin rush through your body just from watching, this is the show for you.
I have wanted to see a Cirque Du Soleil show for several years as I have friends and family who have been fortunate to see them previously who have all raved about how amazing they are. I did fear that my expectations might be too high and I may be disappointed. I am very glad to say this was not the case. The costumes were amazing, the singers sang beautifully, the set was perfect and the performers were out of this world. If you were wondering what the human body was capable of you will know after watching this show.
The performers were faultless and displayed tremendous strength and agility and what ‘teamwork’ is all about. The trust they put in one another for not only ensuring their safety (a lot of the acts did not involve harnesses or safety nets adding to the thrill of what you are observing), but also ensuring their performance was exciting, thrilling and overall amazing.
The story of ‘Kooza’ is about a loner trying to find his place in the world and along his journey meets a King, a trickster, slapstick clowns and an obnoxious tourist and his dog. The show explores the themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. I certainly felt fear for the performers while watching some of their acts, yet they all breezed through each performance so effortlessly, professionally and elegantly. My most enjoyable parts of the show would definitely be the ‘Wheel of Death’, ‘Contortion’ and the ‘High Wire’, however all acts were amazing. I don’t think I have ever spoken the word “wow” so much and there was certainly an echo of this in the seats surrounding me.
‘Kooza’ is a fabulous evening of entertainment and thrills not to be missed. The setting of the Royal Albert Hall made it even more special as did the ease of the pre-ordered Espresso Martinis at ‘Verdi’ restaurant (located on site) waiting for us in the interval. Even getting to the Royal Albert Hall was easy as taking the number 10 bus from bus stop ‘M’ at Hyde Park Corner tube dropped you off right at the door.
You know you have witnessed something amazing when you leave a theatre filled with thrill, excitement and a beaming smile across your face! This is a show I would highly recommend and I can’t wait to have an opportunity to see another Cirque Du Soleil production. My overall rating for this show would without a doubt be 5 out of 5.
Tickets cost from £12.75 to £75 (plus £2.50 booking fee and a 2% handling fee).
Cirque Du Soleil: Kooza is at the Royal Albert Hall in London until 19 February 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0845 401 5045.
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP | 0845 401 5045