REVIEW: Cirque Berserk!@King’s Theatre

imgID51450668There is one thing guaranteed to make everyone feel like a saucer-eyed child again- the circus, when on blazing form.

Zippo’s, one of Britain’s best-loved circus families, present this freewheeling, relentless show with many moods.

The traditional merges with more outre modern acts: Tweedy, the clown from Aberdeen channels the innocent lunacy of Buster Keaton (little wonder Paul Merton is a fan) and Odka the Mongolian human contortionist and archer is the epitome of grace- whereas Bolas Argentinas’ high-camp double act Gabriel and Germaine throw weapons around freely and whip fire in a bizarre, frenzied display of percussion.

Billy, a giant fire-breathing robot, also has a habit of popping up uninvited to mess with the performers.5391

More otherwordly shapes are created by Duo Ramona and Matti from Finland, who have the phrasing of contemporary dance combined with acrobatic skills. But visually, the Mad Max aesthetic is what gets the blood pumping, with Cubans Tropicana Troupe, who recklessly catapault themselves into the air and land softly- mostly. Topping off the cyberpunk vibe are heart-in-mouth stunts of four motorcyclists riding in the (in)famous Globe of Terror.c1

The constant action is so slickly produced, that two hours are as nothing, and all to a thumping soundtrack of techno and gypsy folk.

(Lorna Irvine)


King’s Theatre, Glasgow 0844 871 7648 22nd- 24th JanuaryKing’s Theatre, Glasgow 0844 871 7648 22nd- 24th January


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