There really is no business like show business. This classic phrase could not be more apt to describe what visited Worcester Racecourse during the last days of September this year.
The Moscow State Circus graced our presence with three days and six shows of fun, family entertainment. It was especially great for young kids and babies who were astounded and laughed out loud throughout.
Ironically, the sketches in between the acts were rewarded with the most laughs. They featured the host and star of the show: an old, eccentric man. He was comical to say the least as he tripped, slipped and blundered his way into the hearts of all the children watching on.
However, the main acts of the show were by no means playing runners up. A man running on top of what can only be described as some sort of double-wheeled hamster apparatus impressed kids and adults alike.
“It was amazing”, said two siblings of 5 & 9 years of age.
Young adult members of the audience wanted more danger but for one parent, it was a different story: “I think that this all sufficiently exhilarating to be honest, especially for the kids who are having a fun time as it is”
There was a clear emphasis of modernising the traditional circus image and this came across in both the juggling and roller-skating acts. Neon lights lit up the stage as both acts moved to the stereotypical Euro hip-hop music. Skittles were flying across the arena, much to the pleasure of the crowd. The roller-skaters were on fine form too as they danced, glided and spun to the beat.
Gymnastics-styled acts played a heavy hand during the show and, despite a strangely themed Egyptian set piece at the end, it all seemed very typical and expected from a circus. Everyone had seen world-class gymnastics in Rio over the summer so to see a lower standard performed at the circus was underwhelming, however skilled or hard-working those routines may have been.
Unfortunately, there was another issue: ticket prices. A group of three of adults and two children used a half-price voucher to get their tickets and yet, they still had to pay £70.
“We’re not happy about that at all,” said one of the older members of the group, “But it’s nice that the kids are away from the TV,” she admitted.
Despite that predicament, overall, the circus was a success. Yes, at times, it may have been cheesy and cringey but nowadays, fun honest and innocent entertainment for all the family is a rarity. It’s events like these which pull us away from Instagramming everything in sight or ignoring parents at the dinner table because you’re so worried about someone’s Snapchat story. Things like these will probably die out sooner than we wish to admit and when they do go, everything we have will involve some kind of light projecting from a rectangular shaped object. Perfection? I think not.