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Sydney, Australia - ellaslist; ellaslist reviews the spectacular Circus Oz
18th January 2016
Circus Oz is under the Big Top in Sydney featuring spectacular feats and non-stop awe-inspiring performances! It’s an incredible mix of diverse performances that pleases all.
A real treat for the whole family
Looking for an activity the whole family can enjoy these school holidays? Then Circus Oz is the show for you.
Circus Oz truly is a whole-family experience – the audience ranged from toddlers to grandparents, and everyone was swept away by the funny, talented and very flexible performers.
It was a spectacular and mesmerising experience, for once my three kids (aged 5, 6 and 9 years) weren’t asking to go to the toilet or for more snacks. They were captured for the entire duration of the show – although the 20 minute interval was a welcome break in the middle of the 2 hour-long show.
Exciting and fast-paced
The show is made up of adrenaline-filled short snippets from a range of performers, like strong women, innovative jugglers, hilariously funny flying trapeze artists and their ‘belly-flops’, an extraordinary hula hoop routine, clowns in barcode rompers, amazing strength in rope acrobatics at great heights and talented artists who seem to be experts in music and acrobatics alike
The performers legitimately look like they’re having a ball on stage and it’s easy to get swept up in the hilarity and excitement with them. There were quite a few ‘ooh ahh’ moments too.
Some stand-out moments include an acrobatic balancing act between April Dawson and Kyle Raftery atop a unicycle and Matt Wilson’s amazing balancing act atop 5 small wooden children’s chairs which sit on a table and four small ornaments.
There is some audience participation too. Mums and Dads, don’t be scared – this one’s just for the kids. They are invited on stage to dance during the ‘Lion’ song.
There are some great acts including the entire ensemble of group tricks on the side-by-side Chinese poles and the barcode clowns finale.
My three daughters thought the funniest part was the beginning of Matt Wilson’s chair balancing act. He ends up in his underwear with no back so you can imagine the giggling coming from the three girls, not to mention the rest of the audience.
When asked what their favourite part was, it was a hard choice between the flying trapeze act and the hula hoop.
Overall, a great family day out and an experience that can be shared with all ages.
Photographer: Rob Blackburn