You may remember that last year, a few members of our family discovered what goes on in Blackpool Tower. Well, a couple of weeks ago, we got the chance to test The Tower out on the rest of the family. There’s no bigger challenge than a teenager and a man who would rather be doing open-water swimming is there?
Blackpool Tower Circus is celebrating is Silver Jubilee – Mooky & MR Boo (The Circus’ resident funny man & straight man) have been performing at Blackpool for 25 years. We chose a rare Sunday afternoon when there was no synchro training and trooped off to Blackpool for the 1PM showing. I was surprised that it was not fuller – Seems that not many people decide to go to the circus in April. I did wonder whether this would make for a more quieter atmosphere but needed have worried – The performers are ultimate professionals and we were soon as loud as if it were a packed audience. When it is a smaller audience, everyone is seated in the lower tier of seats so this definitely helps it not to feel too empty too.
The shows starts with a video recording of Mooky & Mr Boo talking about their childhood. This is a pair that were always destined to become circus performers. There was footage of Mooky juggling on the Paul Daniels Magic Show as a tiny tot and an insight into their families and life in the circus as they were growing up. I expected this to be the boring bit but actually it was fascinating.
The kids were enjoying the video but it was soon time for the actual show to go on. Again I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that is planning to go but all the usual acts you would expect to see in a circus are there. The motorbike on a high wire (with a lady dangling from it!) is really quite terrifying but the highlight for all of us was the trapeze acts. I didn’t remember there being a net to catch the performers previously and was surprised wondering if they were being forced to become safety conscious. Err, there was nothing ‘safe’ about that act – They were sooo high!
The dancers are as slick and perfectly timed as usual – I’d just really like it if they smiled a bit more! What is nice to see is that during the short break, all the performers help out with preparations for the next part.
So what did the teen and the husband make of the Blackpool Tower Circus? They loved it! I’d told them it was going to be better than they were expecting and they both agreed it definitely was. Mr C couldn’t get over the knife throwing – It was purely terrifying. The team that you can just about see, waiting at the sides in case anything goes wrong is all you need to see to know its the real thing.
The event finished with strong men acrobats – The things they can do on a teeny chair is breath taking. This act went slightly wrong and had to be started again. I think one of the performers hurt his back slightly which was worrying to see but just brings it back to how amazing these acts are.
Disclosure: We were invited to see The Blackpool Tower Jubilee Circus Show in exchange for a fair review. The Silver Jubilee show runs throughout 2016 until November 2016. Details of show dates, tickets prices and time can be found on the Tower Website