Mr Fips’ Wonder Circus brought a traditional family entertainment show to Worksop last week, at Priory Recreation Ground.
The ‘big top’ actually gave the show an intimate setting, with the grandstands close to the action.
Performers not only interacted with their audience throughout the show, but during the interval on the food stands, giving an idea as to how hard the small team works to run the circus.
Mr Fips, a typically lovable clown – clearly a veteran of the trade – began the performance with some classic slapstick.
An impressive gymnastics routine performed to perfection by a young girl, and a juggling and balancing act by a gentleman more mature in years showcased the range of ages in the cast.
Nostalgic memories of circus acts from childhood days are filled with the ‘how did they do that’ bewilderment, and the Wonder Circus sparked plenty of that.
A well paced show, split in two by the interval, had enough fun, daring and trickery to keep the audience – young and old – engaged.
And after a beautiful hula hoop routine, Mexican tightrope stuntman Marco Polo brought the house down by balancing on a chair on the high wire – heart in mouth stuff and a fitting end to a brilliant performance.