The last time I went to the circus; clowns were scary, trapeze had nets underneath and I was 12. Needless to say, it was an experience that I didn’t want to replicate.
However, Cirque Berserk at New Alexandra Theatre went above and beyond my expectations. A mix of old-fashioned Big Top circus tomfoolery and some amazing feats of human prowess, I was kept entertained for the entire sitting of the hour and a half show.
Watching Cirque Berserk, you can see straight away why it has been a hit on the West End. As the auditorium lights go down the Timbuktu Tumblers immediately entertains the crowd with high octane gymnastics, captivating everyone.
Be prepared, for this is not for the faint-hearted; combining fast-paced stunts with no harnesses or safety nets, I found myself immediately questioning how this has been allowed past UK health and safety laws.
The audience was then catapulted into edge-of-the-seat, death-defying stunts with escalating tempo.
If I thought the opening act was ridiculous, what followed was downright spellbinding; knife-throwing, death-defying acrobatics, unimaginable stunts, fireworks motorbikes and more, all accompanied by soundtrack that would get the most frigid on their feet.
Believe me when I say, the globe of death will leave your jaw thoroughly dropped.
One thing that was clear, old-school clowning antics do not translate to a modern audience, but it was clear that they were there to give the performers a chance to catch their (well deserved) breath.
Be prepared for a show that you can’t look away from. If you want to escape the daily grind to somewhere truly awe-inspiring… Go Berserk.