Circus Zyair, I said I'd review it but I don't think I can remember all the acts!
First of all, the ticket office had just one woman working on it, which meant we had to queue for about 25 minutes to get in. They had about 4 people checking for tickets when we got in. Um, maybe move one of them into the ticket office?
The show started about 20 minutes late. Standard. And people were still queuing until then.
First act was a handstand act. It was a good act but I would've liked more progression. He did a one hander (both sides) pretty early on and then for me, failed to progress from that. Good act though.
Second act was a good tightrope act. That was good and it had progression. I'm pretty sure when he fell off, the guy who leapfrogged his partner, it was staged because the music stopped about a second after he fell. I've seen an acted with a staged fall before. But the guy had a lot of personality.
From here on I'm probably going to forget a few acts. Just one female act, which is rare. She did aerial rope and she was really good. She did a neck spin (it was an aerial rope with a cord attached for extra tricks). The handstand guy did an aerial straps act, which is where you have two cords and the guy wraps them round his hands and gets hoisted up to various heights in the air.The last act that I can think of of the first half was the diabolo guy, who was really good. It's also nice to have some non-aerial acts as if you get a whole show of them they sort of blend into one a bit and you get bored.
The second half started with a juggler. He was we think the diaboloist from the first half. He wasn't that impressive. He dropped about 4 times. I was sat next to Jon Peat who could probably do that act dropless. The last trick was a 7 ring pulldown which is a hard trick but I've seen 9 done in person.
The aerial rope lady did an aerial swing act. It was a good act and she had a good personality. It's more important than you might think to be able to engage with an audience.
The second-to-last act was the wheel of death. It's basically two very large hollow metal wheels on an axel. It's genuinely dangerous, I've read stories of people dying during practice sessions. He was the tightrope guy and he was amazing. I was genuinely nervous when he did it blindfolded. He did wear a safety wire but you can't, really! Wearing a wire inside a moving metal apparatus that big could be extremely dangerous. Like fatal.
The final act was a motorbike act. The wall of death (or whatever it's called). I've never seen a motorbike act in a circus (apart from on YouTube) and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. They got three of them inside the ball which for the size of it was incredible.
The clown was good. He did nothing unusual or out of the ordinary but he was funny and he didn't take ages between the acts. My pet peeve is clowns that take ages when its not needed. And everyone either seemed to be in the show twice or be in one act and do the setup for the other acts. There were only about six performers even though there were 9 acts.
Also, the music was REALLY loud. Like a rave with a circus attached.