Preview: Circus: Beyond the big top
Thursday 16 October 1997
The Roundhouse, London
There will be no sad-eyed clowns, flopping over on the same jokes. Nor will there be heart-tugging circus animals who suffer for the audience. But not everything has changed - as the age-old tradition of suffering for your art is alive and well in the Circus of Horrors.
Its director, Pierrot Bidon, was the mastermind behind Archaos circus. "I was very tired of the traditional circus," he says. "It was very boring and only for children, so I wanted to reinvent it so that everyone else would find it exciting." Both Archaos and Circus of Horrors have brought traditional big top and animal tricks into the Nineties with combinations of dance, music and performance balanced precariously on tight-ropes, ramps and impossible contraptions.
Circus of Horrors is set in a disintegrating world presided over by the crazy Dr Haze who goes through various nasty experiences with the aid of Black and Deckers, infernos of flame, amputated limbs and flesh-eating orgies.
Horrors include the direct descendent of Vlad the Impaler (aka Dracula), who will hang upside down from her waist-length hair and Sakir, who has worn a corset for the past six months to reduce his waist from 32 to 18 inches. A girl who can fit herself into a bottle adds to the raw, uninhibited, sexually charged action, backed by a live rock soundtrack from The X-Factor and Psycho String Orchestra.
Forget the shlock-shock of tricksters Penn and Teller - this is real danger: Vlad's descendant has been told that her trick can only be done for three years, otherwise she risks going blind and Sakir's stomach and lungs have been displaced upwards (eek).
Circus of Horrors is swiftly becoming as popular as Archaos. "It is the fashion of the moment," says Boudin, and he's got plenty more tricks up his sleeve.
Chalk Farm Road, London NW1. Booking: 0171-267 0007
Life & Style blogs
Who is Teresa Fidalgo? Debunking the fake ghost story that's got Instagram spooked
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Ukip's official health spokesperson: 'Honestly, I have no experience in health whatsoever'
Deliberately urinating before sex can increase risk of urinary tract infections
Doctors to trial 29-point checklist for elderly patients facing 'unavoidable' death
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 Syrian refugee child beaten by Istanbul Burger King manager for eating customer’s leftover food
Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: OXFORD - REGIONAL FIRM - An excellent opportu...
Super Package: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL - SENIOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE - An outstan...
£15000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fantastic opportunities are ava...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Compute Engineer is required to join a globa...