Billy Smarts Circus Wolverhampton : Review
Tonight I attended my first ever circus show, with my husband and children we headed off to West Park, Wolverhampton to see Billy Smart’s Circus.
Previously when I’ve thought about going to a circus I’d been put off with the thought of animals, I just don’t think the use of animals in circus performances is at all fair on the creature so had shied away from going. That was until I’d heard that Billy Smart’s Circus are an altogether different type of circus, thriving to entertain people with performances of acrobatics, comedy, juggling, illusions and aerial feats. All I can say is that not only did they manage to do what they thrived to do but there is a major WOW factor!
The show started at 4.45pm of which we were guaranteed 2 hours of fun and excitement with a short interval during the show.
I need to also point out to you all that photography during the performances is not allowed unless you purchase a camera pass for £1 and under no circumstances is there to be any video recording.
Firstly we were introduced to Caroline from Britain, a solo-trapeze artist and YES she is hanging by the back of her head… she was brilliant!
Secondly we were introduced to Germaine who is a French foot-juggler. Lying on the back of her motorcycle she juggled with a thick baton, hoops, balls and then a small pallet with fire sticks attached.
Then we were introduced to Silks who with grace danced with 2 framed cubes and also hung from the elevated frame by her jaw using a mouthpiece.
Lastly before the interval we watched Team Fonz, a brilliant trampoline act with a “Grease” theme. Lewis has now told me he wants to join the circus to be a trampolinist!
During the interval there were opportunities to meet the actors/actresses of the show and have photo’s taken with them. Leah wasn’t too keen on having her photo taken and opted to hide on my shoulder. We also took the chance to raid the popcorn and candy floss stalls.
After the interval is was the turn of the Flying Aces, and blimey do they live up to their name! Due to the nature of this act I spent most of this time sat in awe rather than taking photos. The Flying Aces are Flying Trapeze artists from Australia, you really need to watch this act to fully understand how brilliant they are!
Next we were marvelled by Indian Spirit joined by Germaine together they performed with drums. Also bolas were used to the rhythm of the drums prior to be set alight to complete another quick performance.
Next was the turn of the Asadullin Troupe, from Russia they are springboard acrobats. Using a specially constructed seesaw they hurl each other into the aim whilst using gymnastic skills before being caught by other members of the team.
Lastly was the turn of The X-treme Brothers, and wow are these guys X-TREME! I’ll honestly let the pictures do the speaking!
Inbetween performances there were short breaks where we were entertained by Jonny Bogino, no circus is complete without a clown! He did really well at keeping all guests of all ages mesmerised.
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office at a cost of £12-£26 per adult and £10-£18 per child (aged 2-12) depending on seating location. Under 2’s are free and there is an online discount. At the end of the show visitors are given tickets to get 50% off their next visit. These tickets can either be used by yourself of passed onto family/friends so that they can also see the magic of the Billy Smart’s Circus.
I really would recommend visiting, especially if you would like to see a circus of amazing feats and no animals! Even children of around 2 years of age will not be disappointed.
Billy Smarts Circus will also be visiting;
West Park, Wolverhampton – 1st-6th April 2014
Haydock Park Racecourse, Merseyside – 8th-13th April 2014
Sefton Park, Liverpool – 15th-21st April 2014
Kings Parade, New Brighton – 23rd-27 April 2014