The Circus of Horrors
Saturday 29th November 2014
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Are you prepared for a spectacle unlike any other? For a night of the bizarre, the strange and the wickedly beautiful? Are you ready for the Night of the Zombie?
That’s exactly what we got when the Circus of Horrors visited Llandudno recently.
The Circus of Horrors is a mutation of live music, daredevil performers, freak show and burlesque. This touring Frankenstein regularly travels across the UK bringing a touch of good old fashioned weirdness to many an unsuspecting, sedate town.
Dr Haze is the ring master, and his duties as compere are augmented by leading the live rock band through their pretty much non stop attack. It’s a full on, guitar driven heavy rock attack that features both original numbers and some covers. All delivered by a well honed band who constantly deliver an energetic set.
The acts themselves are varied, including awe inspiring trapeze work and gravity defying gymnastics. The Kenyan Warriors leap about, creating shapes with a precision that seems unbelievable. There’s a girl in a bottle (who reveals herself as a saucy nun on this occasion); performers hanging and twisting from ropes without any net what so ever; fire eating and (my personal favourite) knife throwing.
Hannibal Helmurto is a mohawked sword swallower, amazing the audience with his skills. Of course, the good Doktor Haze barks out his commentary, explaining how Hannibal will attempt the impossible. I found myself not believing that Helmurto would be able to accomplish what he did; and I was relieved when he succeeded without slicing himself open. There are some moments when the audience really doubt that the acts will be able to accomplish their feats – making the whole experience more vivid.
There are beautiful women on stage, not just as set dressing but belting out lead vocals or performing incredibly nimble contortions. Then of course there’s the Mongolian Laughing Boy, occupying the opposite end of the eye candy spectrum, bringing gross out humour to the proceedings.
There are many acts, far too many to list here. Suffice to say that though this is the second time I’ve seen the Circus of Horrors, there has been more than enough variety (and different acts) to keep the viewer intrigued (or shocked!).
My only criticism this time would be that the Night of the Zombie theme could’ve been fleshed out (!) a little more, but this didn’t distract from the show.
A fantastic evening – full of amazement, laughs and chills. You literally won’t believe your eyes. Keep those peepers peeled though, the Circus of Horrors picks up the tour again in the New Year – and you really don’t want to miss it!
Now I’m off to practice my knife throwing skills…