Reviewed by Rosemary Knight
I took my seven-year-old granddaughter, Heidi, to The Lowry theatre in Salford Quays, Manchester to watch the internationally acclaimed Slava’s Snow Show. This performance had been highly recommended to me as my daughter had previously seen the show and raved about how magical it was. I have never been a great fan of clowns before as I have always found them rather freaky, but I was prepared to be persuaded otherwise.
The performance starts off with a clown dressed in a yellow suit silently pulling a rope across the stage. He is then joined by another clown dressed in green, who takes hold of the other end of the rope pulling it towards him. This is the start of the most bizarre, surreal, but tremendously entertaining show I have ever seen.
At one point during the show the clown pulled out a small cobweb, which stretched and stretched until it covered the entire audience. We all had our arms in the air, pulling the web over us. There were many more magic moments during the show, when bubbles blew from the stage covering the entire theatre, artificial snow cascaded down, and clowns came out into the audience soaking us with water. There are no words spoken during the show, just loud music played throughout. At one point all the clowns balanced on the backs of the chairs and walked the entire length of the theatre, amazing us all with their tremendous acrobatic skills. One part which my granddaughter loved was when the clowns captured two young girls from the front row, bundled them onto the stage and made them part of the act, chasing them up and down the stage. The most magical moment for me was the blizzard snowstorm finale when the entire audience was engulfed in artificial snow, whilst lights and booming music blasted out. It was absolutely amazing.
At the end of the performance, huge inflatable balls were hurled into the audience for us all to play with, reaching up and batting them around. Everyone had huge smiles on their faces, playing along with the clowns and acting like children. This was a wonderful end to a wonderful show.
This is a visually stunning, truly magical, feel good performance and we loved every second. I don’t find clowns freaky anymore and actually find them endearingly funny now. If you get the chance to take your family to just one show this year, then make Slava’s Snow Show the one to see as this is absolutely spectacular.
Tickets cost from £13.50 to £41.50 (booking fees may apply).
Slava’s Snow Show is at The Lowry in Manchester from 24-29 October 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000