Last week Olivia and I were kindly invited along to see this years winter Blackpool Tower Circus Panto. As frequent visitors to Blackpool’s attractions, we were yet to actually visit the circus so it’s safe to say we jumped at the chance. I haven’t been to a panto for years, and if I remember rightly Olivia fell asleep and it wasn’t great! So I was maybe a bit more excited than Olivia to see the panto. We were even slotted in for a circus masterclass too. Just what me and uncoordinated self-needs, this didn’t bode well for me at all!
Every good circus performer needs to have some tricks up their sleeve don’t they and Olivia tried her hand at plate spinning, well, more like plate balancing and throwing, the ‘spinning’ part being trickier than it looked! Then it was time for the staple of any good circus performer, juggling. Or in our case throwing and dropping. It’s not quite as easy as it looks and I don’t think I will be getting invited to run away with circus anytime soon unless it’s to sell souvenirs or pick up the rubbish because that’s exactly what my juggling attempt was………rubbish. Olivia fared better at the juggling though than the plate spinning and really enjoyed it as her nan, my mum, has been trying to teach her for ages she can now just about juggle two balls, apparently, just one ball is called throwing and catching
Or in our case throwing and dropping. It’s not quite as easy as it looks and I don’t think I will be getting invited to run away with circus anytime soon unless it’s to sell souvenirs or pick up the rubbish because that’s exactly what my juggling attempt was………rubbish. Olivia fared better at the juggling though than the plate spinning and really enjoyed it as her nan, my mum, has been trying to teach her for ages she can now just about juggle two balls, apparently, just one ball is called throwing and catching hmmmm I still say I managed to juggle anyway!
After this we were ready and prepped for the show. I can honestly say I had no idea what to expect. The panto was Pinocchio and I was curious to see how it interpreted.
The answer: Fabulously that’s how! I think it may have even been the best retelling of Pinocchio I have seen. I won’t spoil the actual retelling of the story for you but all the key parts are in there as we follow Britain’s favourite clowns (and now ours too) Mooky as Pinocchio and Mr. Boo as they bring the story to life to turn Pinocchio into a real boy.
They kept all the elements of the circus and intertwined them to tell the story seamlessly. You are treated to some brilliant, and jaw-dropping displays by some talented performers it really was a joy to watch and mesmerising too.
The above picture was stunning to watch and listen too.
We really enjoyed the show and found ourselves laughing and shouting along it was really fun to watch and the whole audience really enjoyed it and got on involved in all the booing and cheering.
If you are looking for a fun panto to visit this winter you won’t go wrong with this one I promise, fun for the whole family, read what Olivia thought of it too…….
I really liked the Blackpool Tower Circus master class because I sort of learnt how to juggle. I tried to juggle and spin plates but they didn’t work out so well, I practised juggling the most because I felt like I could do them more than the plate spinning. I was very bad at plate spinning. it was so much fun seeing everyone there do it as well.
I also liked the Blackpool Tower Circus panto was about a wooden boy who got turned into a real boy named Pinocchio who was chosen to go to an audition to join the circus and go all around the world. Pinocchio and Papa. Mr.Boo and Mrs Hiss were trying to make him be naughty but Fairy goody-goody two shoes knew he was telling lies. It was really funny especially the song at the end which was really silly. 9.5/10 (10/10 from mum)
Pop over to the The Blackpool Tower Circus to book your tickets, with prices starting from £13.95 for children aged 3-14 and £16.95 for adults (15+) and groups tickets from £55 when booked in advance online. The panto is showing until 17th January 2016.