9 September 2016
Reviewed by Sharon Mongey
It was my pleasure to go to see The Chinese State Circus on Friday night at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury with my 13 year old daughter. We loved it.
Aylesbury is a modern style theatre, it is very impressive looking from the outside and the inside did not disappoint. I loved the ambience in this theatre. There was a car park opposite with a small fee to pay (there is a charge until 9pm).
The staff were very welcoming and helpful. Without needing to even ask, a gentleman directed us to the toilets as he had overheard us talking about attending, we found these were clean and plentiful. We did find it a little warm in the auditorium but not unbearable.
The Chinese State Circus gave a breathtaking visually entertaining show with Dynasty. A show full of 30 world class Chinese aerial artistes, acrobats and jugglers. I would not like to go into too much detail about the contents of each of the individual acts, as this would spoil it for the next audience but if you are interested in a show that thrills and excites the audience with a huge variety of acrobatic and juggling skills, not only to juggle with their hands but a great use of their feet too, using props including chairs, hoops, parasols, swords, ribbons and each other, but to name a few then this is a definite must. The acts were accompanied by beautiful music, a great drummer and a piece played on a Chinese zither, simply outstanding. There were magnificent costumes and amazing lighting just continuing to add to this superb show.
The show started at a fast pace and that continued throughout, at times when there was a stage set change you would be entertained by dancers (the butterflies) or the cheeky monkey character that interacted so well with the audience bringing humour to the show. If you are in the front row, you may even be lucky enough and be chosen to take part! This really made the show flow; you were not waiting for the next act to start at any time. We found it very difficult to pick a favourite finding them all amazing, we were enthralled by lady juggling the parasols, amazed at the strength of the acrobat with the pole and watched in apprehension as the was artist balancing and performing skills on the chairs. Lots of gasps and wows were heard throughout, one tiny part of one the juggling acts did not go to plan first time and was repeated, this did not take anything away from the performance, it simply added to the audiences respect for performer when they got it right and was greeted with an even bigger round of applause, this is live!
My daughter and I would both really recommend The Chinese State Circus, it is suitable for both young and old and entertaining from start to finish, this show catered for all.
The Chinese State Circus is touring the UK with their new production Dynasty until December 2016. For more information and tour dates visit www.chinesestatecircus.com.
For other shows at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury visit www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury.
Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UG | 0844 871 7607