Reviewed by Louise Edwards
Cirque Berserk isn’t a circus it’s a Berserkus the programme tells us. And indeed, it is not your average circus! Seeing circus type acts in the theatre is quite a different experience to the big top.
The beautiful Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield is host this week to Cirque Berserk on a national tour and we were thrilled to be invited along. I went with my nine-year-old son who is a huge fan of the circus. The theatre is located in the town centre. It has a bar selling snacks and there is car parking close by.
We entered the theatre to the sound of old-fashioned fairground music transporting us to a bygone era but setting the scene for such a memorable show. It was quite novel as the loudspeaker at the beginning of the show encouraged us to keep our phone on, take photos and share them on social media.
As soon as the first performers hit the stage you could see this was a much more professional act than your average circus show. There are amazing acrobats, tribal gymnastics, bola twirling cowboys, Parisian showgirls, and jugglers to name just a few of the talented acts we saw risking life and limb to entertain.
Only having the audience in one direction means that you don’t feel like you are missing out on every bit of the actions like you can do in a traditional big top environment.
We were both mesmerised by a woman who climbed out of a bottle she had bent herself double into and then shot an arrow with her foot and hit the target!
There is lots of dancing and music with plenty of fire tricks and lights to dazzle and impress. It is certainly not lacking in drama and theatre with comedy and slapstick action to intersperse the high adrenaline performances of flaming knife throwing, foot jugglers, and aerial shows. The drama is fast paced, action packed with never a dull moment!
I had thought that the Globe of Death would be the best highlight. This is where motorcycles spin around a metal ball at ferocious speeds ducking and weaving between each other, and this was indeed very impressive. In actual fact, although these were amazing there were so many quality acts that it is hard to pick a particular favourite.
With the popularity of The Greatest Showman and Britain’s Got Talent this is sure to be hit with all the family old and young alike. It is recommended from age 6 years and above and it definitely got the thumbs up from us. The show runs for one hour and 50 minutes including an interval.
A giant step beyond your average circus performance. Miss it and miss out!
Tickets cost from £15.70 to £28.70 (includes booking fee).
Cirque Berserk is at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield from 16-19 May 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk or call the box office on 01246 345 222.
Pomegranate Theatre, Corporation Street, Chesterfield, S41 7TX | 01246 345 222