Cirque Berserk at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

by Julie Wallis twitter.com/NiceNic63

Cirque Berserk at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Cirque Berserk is at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, this week you can see the Timbuktu Tumblers limbo under flaming poles and doing all manner of acrobatics. Or if you prefer your flaming entertainment to be in the form of great balls of fire, there is the Bolas Argentinas who have a whole routine around the Bolas which are the balls on rope weapon favoured by the Argentinian Gauchos.

Maybe the Tropicana Troupe is more your cup of tea. This Cuban act catapult through the air performing all sorts of somersaults from the seesaw springboard in their act. Their final routine really was spectacular and the only part of their act which was performed using a safety wire.

The Dragon Slayer Procession Photo by Piet Hein-Out
The Dragon Slayer Procession Photo by Piet Hein-Out

Also included last night was a giant robot that breathes fire, a knife throwing act, a tower of chairs, Aerial Ballet and of course no circus is complete without the clowns.

Normally I really dislike clowns. I don’t have a phobia of them, but I would say I hate their creepy painted on smiles and ridiculous outfits with oversized shoes, so luckily for me, last nights clowns are much more in the Chuckle Brothers style of slapstick humour.

Odka Mongolian Contorsionist Photo by Piet Hein-Out
The Dragon Slayer Procession Photo by Piet Hein-Out

The first clown arrives on stage wearing a caretakers style brown coat and wielding his broom, he manages to knock the power out to the illuminated sign on stage and after being joined by his colleague they perform a very visual routine involving a ladder. The clowns return to the stage a few more times throughout and as well as being funny they have a great soundtrack with lots of really good sound effects which did add a lot to their act.

The Aerial Silk act is also worth mentioning, not just because of the skill in the act but because every time the girls dropped down my husband gave a sharp intake of breath and I ended up nudging him and telling him “nobody is going to die tonight” so it did have an element of suspense as well as skill.

Photo by Piet Hein-Out
Photo by Piet Hein-Out

I did enjoy my night at Cirque Berserk, it was certainly more comfortable to see from the warmth and comfort of a theatre seat with the option of a glass of wine during the interval rather than from a draughty tent sitting on a wooden bench. My only regret is that I couldn’t take my grandchildren as i know they would have really loved it.

The grand finale was performed by the Lucius Team and the motorcycle Globe of Death. The Globe of Death had been onstage earlier in the show, but they had saved the best until last. The finale had four motorcycles in the Globe, which is not very big, so the choreography has to be exact. Then once all four bikes were going full speed, they were plunged into darkness and we were left watching as 4 small lights didn’t crash!

Photo by Piet Hein-Out
Photo by Piet Hein-Out

Surprisingly, last nights audience was predominantly adults, I was expecting there to be more children, maybe because it was a school night. The only thing that was missing was popcorn and candy floss. Otherwise, the night was Berserkus!

See Cirque Berserk at New Alexandra Theatre until Sunday 18th March. Book tickets here: atgtickets.com/shows/cirque-berserk/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham


This isn’t a sponsored post. Julie was invited to see Cirque Berserk for #BrumHour by the New Alexandra Theatre.

Julie blogs as RedandGoldWeb here: redandgoldweb.wordpress.com