Circus in a theatre, I know it sounds weird and the question of ‘how does that work?’ pop into your head. It certainly did when I first saw that Cirque Berserk was coming to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. The Mayflower Theatre is a old historic building filled with character and I was wondering if the circus would adapt to its soundings while still putting on a show to remember.
When I entered the Mayflower and took my seat the stage didn’t have a curtain so you could see lots of contraptions that sent your imagination wild with what you were in store for in the coming two hours. There was a metal cage of death, long draped curtains coming from the roof and a spinning turntable. Walking down the aisles where merchandise sellers with bright colourful flash light toys for the younger audience.
As the lights dim there was an announcement from the sound system, the man told the audience that Circus Berserk was a interactive performance and that they encouraged the audience to take photos and videos for the show. They told the audience to Tweet, Instagram and Facebook about the show. After hearing the shocking news that phones were allowed to be switched on and photos and video was encouraged, the show began.
The show began with a group of acrobatics that used their core body strength to create amazing shapes and objects by jumping, holding and standing on each others arms, legs and heads. As the show went on we were introduced to a range of different acts. Each act had a different set of characters and each had their own unique personalities and ways of getting the audience involved with the show. The crowd were encouraged to clap along, cheer and applaud the acts throughout.
The first half of the show was full of acrobatics and bendy bodies that made your jaw drop with shock. The audience couldn’t believe what there were seeing with ‘oos‘ and ‘awwws‘ every few minutes from different people in the crowd. During the midpoint of the first half a giant transformer like robot that shot out sparks for the kids to be amazed at.
The second part of the show began with a kick and fast pace to match the excitement in the audience. The sound system was booming with a fast paced soundtrack to accompany the speed of the performances. The show was filled with dangerous stunts, which cause shocks and had the audience on the edge of their seats throughout. The show was a mixture of dance, acrobatics, and dangerous stunts. It was filled with smoke, fire and pure adrenaline.
The show came to a conclusion with a daring and unbelievable last stunt that I wont give away, but what I can say is it had me and the rest of the audience in pure shock at what we had seen. I heard someone behind me say “That’s not even possible” which I think says it all. The Circus Berserk had it all, for young and old it is a definite must see if you are in Southampton and want a thrill.
Circus Berserk finishes on the 2nd of March so make sure your quick and grab your seat before they are sold out.