Review: Circus of Horrors, Royal Concert Hall
I HADN'T watched their 2011 Britain's Got Talent appearance so I didn't quite know what to expect from Circus Of Horrors.
But I can definitely say I wasn't expecting a glam-rock fest of sword-swallowing and contortionism with some nudity and slapstick elements thrown in for comedy value.
The acrobatics and tricks are undeniably good and also included fire eating and knife throwing.
There was also an incident with a Henry vacuum cleaner and a dwarf that you won't be reading about in a family newspaper.
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Conceived in 1995 at the Glastonbury Festival, Circus Of Horrors has a legion of loyal fans and is without a doubt entertaining – if a little dated.
Certain sketches went on for too long and the narrative was by and large pretty pointless, as it could barely be understood over the music.
But overall I was kept amused until the end.
The second half was much better than the first – they seemed to have saved the best until last.
Particularly impressive were the Sinister Sisters' aerial contortions and the balancing acts featuring a lady with swords in her mouth and a man standing on slippery metal pipes.
I thought that less cheese and more frights would have made the show more current and kept the audience on the edge of their seats a bit more.
But the freakish acts alone kept me happy until the next one.
It was a fun – if slightly unlikely – Valentine's night out.