Chinese Circus States Enjoyment.

Chinese State Circus

Ttheatre Severn

5th&th February.



When you give your act the nomenclature of being state something, for example Russian State Ballet or The Chinese State Opera, as we met last year at Theatre Severn, you set the bar very high for yourself. You are saying with State backing, that your act is the best in that particular country and is consequently, good enough to represent your country around the world.

The Chinese State Circus came to Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn not to dispel that belief but, in fact to reinforce it by giving a colourful, engrossing and enthralling performance to an awestruck audience.

Offering a fusion of old school traditional Chinese culture, such as the dextrous acrobats and the fantastic jugglers, with a new and exciting side of Chinese Arts, for example the incredibly Westernised style girl orchestra and the driving beat of Chinese trance music the Chinese State Circus did deliver.

I am one to shy away normally, from anything that has the word state in the title for fears of some kind of Orwellian nightmare overtaking the status quo. However in that, my fears were ungrounded. This didn’t look like a show that had been strictly vetted by the state as the designers, choreographers and creative directors had been free to weave a colourful, daring, vibrant tapestry of the Chinese Arts.

However, enough of fears dreams and ideals. This is a great family show that engages the recipient from the start. With each stunt being even more breath-taking than the last. Just how the Ballerina was able to stand on point on top of a man’s hand will always to me, remain one of life’s great mysteries.

The acts are encouragingly varied and range from girls doing clever spinning things with plates and doylies to Shaolin Monks engaging in some body crushing act without a scratch or cry whilst beating each other with sticks.

I don’t intend to sound flippant but that how extreme the presentation is.

This show has it all, colour, skills, talent, beauty and grace.  It is a treat for the audience, a spectacle. If I was asked the collective noun for a bunch of people, who can achieve the impossible, can leave you amazed, enthralled and delighted, I think my answer may well be The Chinese State Circus. Check this one out.
This is a four star review.
Owen Lewis.


Owen Lewis Owen Lewis

Owen Lewis was born fifty something years ago in the land of the black puddings. For the geographically challenged that is in Lancashire. Moving to Shropshire From 1970 Owen was brought up in Church Stretton. His first real job was in radio. After starting on BBC Radio Shropshire he became known on Marcher Sound, broadcasting throughout the North West for several years. After a university degree course in Theatre, Owen became an actor and went on to play "Pirate Bill" in The Alton Towers Hotel. He also made several television appearances. Returning to university he took his PGCE enabling him to teach. That saw him on the Essex coast as a drama teacher and latterly as a Creative Educational Liaison Officer making films and creating new teaching methods to employ on children in need of more help in their fundamental learning skills. Published playwright Owen ultimately wants a house boat in Amsterdam to focus on his work as Playwright and Poet.

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