The Circus of Horrors: Voodoo at The Hawth Crawley Review

10 January 2018

2009

Reviewed by Emma Booth

Me and my friend went to see The Circus of Horrors Voodoo at The Hawth theatre in Crawley. I saw them at The Hawth last year so knew what sort of thing to expect but this year was all about voodoo and entwines elements of voodoo into their acts with voodoo dolls and creepy creatures.

The Circus of Horrors became famous when they got into the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent and were loved by the likes of Simon Cowel. The show starts with the Ouija board that awakens a voodoo curse bringing alive a creature that haunts the underworld at night. The show has performers from all over the world and brings the extreme to the theatre that is definitely not for the squeamish or faint hearted. The creator of the show does all the singing with a live band playing to a rock and roll beat that is loud, accompanied by a fantastic display of lights. The acts are hardcore. There’s a mixture of aerial acrobatics while being suspended in the air by her hair and a knife swallower who’s had his top rib either side permanently broken to allow him to swallow curved knifes, you can barely watch but on the other hand you can’t take your eyes of him. There’s some brilliant magic tricks, which I think baffled the entire audience. The stand out act for me was this bloke who managed to put a chain up through his nose and out though his throat he also pushed a sharp instrument through his neck and cheek, now you could say it was an illusion but they brought on an audience member to pull it out and they you could see a trickle of blood roll down his chest. There was slight disappointment in the hula hooper who managed to drop the hoops three times (obviously having a bad day). There’s also nudity in the form of a completely naked man being thrown in the air baring all to the audience.

This show is definitely adults only and anyone easily offended should stay well clear. There’s plenty of rude and crude humour with camp Dracula, who is hilarious, I think he was my favourite character, this is a show you will not forget in a hurry and is great fun, there’s so much going on with fabulous acts. The Hawth theatre is a great venue, it’s easy to find with ample free parking and reasonably priced food and drinks. I don’t think this show was as good as the one I saw last year but still an entertaining fun evening.

Rating: 4/5

The Circus of Horrors are currently on tour around the UK with Voodoo, for more information and tour dates visit www.circusofhorrors.co.uk.

For other shows at The Hawth in Crawley visit hawth.co.uk or call the box office on 01293 553636.

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ | 01293 553636

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