Freedom Family Circus
- Lucy Ribchester
- 10 August 2012
This article is from 2012
Straight-up circus makes up for wobbles with warmth
This sunny-demeanoured circus troupe hail from various parts of the USA and Chile, and have apparently only been performing as a complete line-up for around six days. Which could explain a few of the hiccups in their acts: juggling balls and skittles are dropped more than once.
It doesn’t seem to matter though because the cast’s easy-going manner means the balls are picked up, the act continues and the children in the audience are just as rapt as if nothing had happened.
Their warm rapport forms the backbone of this engaging show, which features in turn a rainbow-costumed juggler, a balloon-bending clown, two unicyclists, a man who puts things up his nose to gleeful cries of ‘eww’ from the audience and, best of all, a singing saw player in the circus’ live band.
Hermee the clown in particular hits the perfect note when interacting with children, making them the stars and the heroes of his act. There’s nothing particularly fresh or original here but the show is genuinely accessible to everyone from babies to great-grandparents.
Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 07531 392 327, until 25 Aug (not 12 & 19), 1.40pm, £7 (£5).