Russells Circus Big Top Spectacular in Sheringham

Russells International Circus delivered the thrills and laughter last night in a display of big top style entertainment. The show which does not use animals, returned to Cookie’s car boot site for the eighth year and will run between Monday April 7 – Monday April 21.

The International spectacular oozes talent from around the globe, bringing together polished performances by talented artistes. The old familiar atmosphere of a traditional circus remains intact with the addition of up to date lighting and music.

The clowns have a modern feel, doing away with whitewashed faces of bygone days, replaced with a more subtle appearance but keeping the slapstick we all know and love.

Mexican clown Chico Rico was in fine form offering a mixture of well timed gags, mimes and audience participation, featuring a Rocky Balboa routine with makeshift boxing ring, using masking tape that had everyone rolling about with laughter.

The comedy was complete with Clown Alex Morley, 24, who grew up in Watton but joined Russells four years ago. Alex was fired from a canon and landed in the audience at one stage.

The clowns have a modern feel, doing away with whitewashed faces of bygone days, replaced with a more subtle appearance but keeping the slapstick we all know and love.

Alex explained “I think all those clowns that are being portrayed as scary are over the top – if people come to the circus now you don’t see clowns like that any more” He added it takes a gifted clown to create the laughter and that unlike clowns in films such as Funny-man and Zombieland, today’s modern clown has very little make-up on.

Local Razz the Clown and Auntie Pearl were also present, entertaining people as they arrived at the show with their blend of music and mirth.

Daniel Chirita, performed a breathtaking juggling routine with fire that had David Pritchard, Mayor of Cromer, at the edge of his seat when he timely moved in with a stunt inches away from him. The speed of the juggling was world class.

Troupe Corina silenced the audience with a unique Russian bar act throwing acrobats into the air with double back somersault while simultaneously jumping through a loop. The Troupe originate from Romania and it’s their début appearance with Russell’s Circus.

Globe-walking act Las Chicas Morales had the audience gasping in a daring climb up a ramp on giant balls, timing had to be precise and they received a deserved standing ovation at the end.

Other acts included Richard Virgo as the human slinky, Miss Amanda with her aerial net routine and Miss Dolly’s hula-hoops.

There is a 3pm and 6pm show each day, except Bank Holiday Monday when there will be a 2pm show.

Tickets cost from £12-£18 and can be bought by calling the ticket-line on 07752 218805.

Tickets for all Wednesday shows cost £5.99 per person.

Russells will be taking the tour to Fakenham, Clipbush Lane, between April 23-27; Taverham Garden Nursery between April 30-May 5.

For more information about the show visit www.russellscircus.co.uk.

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