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REVIEW: Cirque Beserk at the Wycombe Swan

Cheryl Chapman

Cheryl Chapman

REVIEW: Cirque Beserk at the Wycombe Swan

If the draw of the local park isn’t doing it for the kids this half term, why not run away to the circus?

Because it’s come to High Wycombe in an explosion of tumblers, contortionists and knife throwers who quite literally set the stage alight!

This is contemporary circus along the lines of its big brother Cirque du Soleil, but thankfully with none of the lengthy story-telling scenes linking the adrenaline-fuelled stunt action.

Billing itself as ‘real circus for theatre’, the acts work within the confines of the small stage space with devastatingly thrilling effect.

The international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, death-defying stunt men and of course the hapless clown, Tweedy.

First up is a troupe of dreadlocked Peaky Blinders-clad tumblers who use a skipping rope in ways you won’t have seen in the playground.

There’s a contortionist who uses her feet to fire a bow and arrow; an otherworldly dance-gymnastics routine where a couple entwine around one another and perform incredible balancing feats; knife throwing; foot juggling and all kinds of aerial work.

Plus, there’s physically GORGEOUS men catapulting each other into the air.

And a clown who – wait for it – IS funny and ISN’T terrifying.

What’s great is that the action is continuous.

One act helps the other clear scenery and set up the others’ props to the point where you’re not quite sure where one act ends and another begins.

The finale is jaw-dropping, nerve-wracking, incredible and justifies its top billing.

The Globe of Terror sees four motorcyclists riding at dizzying speed inside a steel cage, crossing and intersecting one another.

Thankfully they made it out alive...

It’s adrenaline packed action for all ages, so don’t miss out.

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