The circus has arrived in town and not just any circus, it's Zippos Circus! They're celebrating their current show 'The Magnificent Top Hat' with 21 years of the world's greatest ringmaster, Norman Barrett MBE. We were invited along to the show in Dundee this week and couldn't wait to see what magic was in store for us.
Arriving at the circus 30 minutes before show time meant there was ample parking and time to collect our tickets before joining the queue to take our seats. We were only waiting 5 minutes before we got taken in ready for the show to start. There was an opportunity to grab popcorn, juice and candy floss as well as flashy light toys for the kids. These were kindly gifted so the kids were mega happy.
We were so lucky to have front viewing ring side seats, right at the very front of the show where all the action would be taking place. The good thing with the circus though is that no matter where you sit you're still going to see everything that's going on. Some acts stay on the ground whereas some are twirling through the air!
The show opened with the fabulous Paulo dos Santos, a brazilian native of 3'6 tall with bags of personality and character. He's the perfect comic, acrobat and all round showman. His boundless enthusiasm and energy kept the crowd engaged and entertained throughout the 2 hour show. I honestly don't know how he does it, the kids loved him.
Throughout the show there's visits from the Timbuktu Tumblers who feature some high speed tumbling, pyramids, hoop jumping and fire limbo! There's Elbernel Ebby the gorgeous contortion artist who does some amazing things with her body. I wish I was that bendy! Toni & Nikol the knife throwing duo who left me holding my breath for far too long. I don't know how Nikol keeps her cool but I was slightly jealous of Toni throwing knives at his wife, I wish I could do that to the other half some times ha ha.
The Lucius Team had to be Logan's favourites. As soon as 'The Globe of Terror' was mentioned he was pretty much sold. There are 5 incredible motorbike riders in the Lucius Team who risk life and limb whizzing around inside the globe of terror to show you their death defying talents. They get up to 60 miles per hour in such a tiny space. Honestly amazing but at some points I couldn't watch. Hats off to them.
The Revolution Troupe were one of my favs. I loved their zest for life, their little dancing in between stunts and of course their ace rope skipping and acrobatics. Well done guys. And not forgetting the lovely Norman Barrett MBE who was the perfect ringmaster and gentleman. He did a good job of keeping that cheeky Paulo in check and walked the crowd during the 15 minutes half time. He was happy to chat to the audience and even take some photos. Thank you so much.
There's loads more acts in the show and it was literally jam packed. You 100% get your monies worth but most importantly no matter what your age you'll have an amazing time. Like Norman Barrett MBE says "Your're never too old, never too young, never too cool, to go to the circus..." and he's totally right. It's an experience not to be missed.
I wasn't too sure what to expect from Zippos Circus but whatever it was I definitely wasn't disappointed. They really did put on a cracking show with so many impressive performances from the many different acts, it left me in suspense peaking through my fingers a few times. It's clear to see that everyone from Zippos works together in harmony, like one big happy family. Everyone has a job to do and they are very professional when it comes to executing the task at hand.
The family and I had loads of fun. It's a show I'd definitely recommend and we've been telling everyone about it. Zippos Circus has their last show in Dundee this Sunday 30th June at 3pm then they move onto Arbroath then Peterhead, Inverness, Eglin etc. Check out their website for more details, dates and times. You'll be thankful you did!
I was gifted tickets to the show in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.