The nightmarish circus spectacular that stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and is now a West End smash is back to mark its 21st anniversary in spectacular style.
If Quentin Tarantino had directed Cirque Du Soleil then you would be only half way there. The show is coming to Belfast Waterfront Hall on May 28. For those who haven’t seen it, the performance is something similar to what would happen if Quentin Tarantino was put in charge of Cirque Du Soleil.
The origins of the performing career of the show’s creator John Haze can be traced back to Ireland where as an 11 year old boy he stood in a circus ring and learnt to eat fire.
John was born in a circus but then left in a caravan with his mother at only six months old when his father decided to run away and leave mother and baby to fend for themselves.
Then 11 years later the court ruled that to avoid maintenance payments they should “try again” and John and his father were reunited at Euston railway station. Not long after, John’s father contacted an Irish circus and offered their services as Fire Eaters – they got the job. The thing he hadn’t told them though was John could not fire eat, in fact his mother wouldn’t even allow him to light a match let alone eat fire.
Unperturbed they travelled to Ireland and John learnt to fire eat in a day, making his debut that night – a real baptism of fire.
Within two years John’s father had gone once more, this time never to be seen again, however John, now 14, had sawdust in his veins and stayed in the circus for a further six years.
It was only the lure of rock ‘n’ roll that persuaded John to quit the circus and try a new career in music, as time went on though he started to add more and more theatrics until he created the world wide phenomenon that is the Circus Of Horrors.
So 46 years since he learnt to fire eat in Ireland he is back with his latest creation ‘Welcome To The Carnevil’ which celebrates 21 year of the wildest show on earth.
The last few of years has seen the profile of The Circus of Horrors jump tremendously after rampaging into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and to this date it is still the only circus ever to reach the finals.
Its appearances on various subsequent TV shows have turned what set out as a cult show into a household name – taking the extreme to the mainstream. It’s TV credits now boast The X Factor, The Slammer, Daybreak, Fairground Attractions, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Body Shockers, Fake Reaction, This Morning, Ant & Dec, The One Show, and A Royal Command Performance.
Last year saw another giant leap for the show when it began a series of dates in London’s West End becoming the first circus to appear in a West End Theatre for 100 years and in 2015 saw the show return to The Fuji Rock Festival in Japan and become the first ever UK circus to appear in Moscow when it ran for five nights in the 3700 capacity Stadium Live, followed by a 100 venue UK tour including an unbelievable 10 nights at London’s O2 Arena.
The latest incarnation ‘Welcome to the Carnevil’ is set in Victorian London in 1899 where a young girl dream’s of running away to join the circus becomes a nightmare in a decrepit and corpse ridden carnevil, plagued by a swamp of Killer Klowns, Sword Swallowers, Demon Dwarfs, Death Defying Aerialists, A Guinness World Record holding Herculean Diva swinging solely from her hair, back flipping and fire limboing acrobats and lots, lots more.
Find out more at www.circusofhorrors.co.uk
Get your tickets for the Waterfront Hall show at www.waterfront.co.uk