Review: Gerry Cottle's Circus - 50 Acts in 100 MinutesBy Becky Barnes
May 10, 2012
Circus legend Gerry Cottle brings his new show to Bracknell this week.
Despite a last-minute venue change, rain and a new site with no parking or water, the showman of 50 years yesterday announced: "The show must go on."
And that it did - for in a career spanning 50 years, Gerry has only called off three performances.
Last night's performance of 50 Acts in 100 Minutes was a nail-biting, exhilarating and entertaining show that had the audience clinging to their seats.
From music and dancing to clowning and magic - the show has something for everyone and the big top was filled with cheering and laughter from adults and children alike.
The show celebrates 50 years since Gerry ran away with the circus at the age of 18 and demonstrates 50 circus acts - one for each year.
His children and grandchildren feature in the show alongside 40 other performers.
Of course, there are the usual favourites - juggling, acrobatics and unicycles - and then two cheeky clowns to keep you entertained but the skill and strength shown by the performers is breathtaking.
The combination of international acts combined with young performers from Wookey Hole Circus School gives the show a really vibrant and unpredictable flavour.
Highlights include the High Wire, the Wheel of Death and the African Acrobats - but you'll have to go to the show to find out what these entail.
The circus is in Calfridus Way Playing Fields, off Ralph's Ride. Performances take place at 5pm and 7.30pm today and Friday and at 2pm and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are £10.