The cast of the Moscow State Circus rolled up a spectacular show at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe
The cast of the Moscow State Circus put on a spectacular evening of thrills and nail biting skills when they rolled up at Scunthorpe's Baths Hall, writes entertainment reporter, Selina Maycock.
The show saw its cast eased their way into a montage of acrobatic skills after the scene was set by the show's two clowns and a dance routine with chairs and tables.
Babushkin Sekret, is set in 1927 in Soviet Russia.
A former member of the nobility works as a desk clerk until his grandmother reveals on her deathbed that her family jewellery had been hidden from the Bolsheviks in one of the twelve chairs from the family's dining room set. Those chairs, along with all other personal property, had been expropriated by the government after the Russian Revolution.
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The desk clerk, played by Splendid Pavlik and his sidekick Klava, become treasure hunters as the Bolsheviks try to track down the chairs. The two comrades find the chair set which is put out to auction but fail to buy it and afterwards, find out the set has been split up and sold individually.
They are not alone in this quest but through the process of elimination, the two finally discover the location of the 12th and last chair, the one containing the treasure.
Along the way, you are taken through several performance zones – high ropes, skipping, juggling, magic and not forgetting the jaw-dropping roller skating round.
A talented couple showed off their high rope strengths with a routine that mystified and amazed the audience. Switching places mid-air as the couple meandered up and down the ropes, balancing their bodies in positions that you would think defied gravity. Even the lady lifting the man with her strength and balance as she took over the lead – proving that women have the inner strength to match that of man.
A cute skipping sequence, took me back to my playground days, skipping solo, in twos and even the giant group skipping challenges, blew my attempts straight out of the school gate.
Using chairs to jump the ropes, and interlinking in a line or circle in small groups, a larger routine was created. The quick-acting of a duo who magically changed their outfits within seconds showed the level of precision that these artists had practiced to.
One of my favourite scenes was when the man held up an umbrella with confetti in and as he tossed the paper shreds at his fellow lady performer who was wearing a scantily clad two-piece set. But, as if by magic, when the confetti cleared she appeared wearing a floor length white glittery gown. There was the usual circus tricks of sawing a woman in two and the quick changing closet to keep the kids entertained.
And for the gymnastic fans there was a performer spinning herself suspended from a chandelier using hula-hoops to twizzle around her arms and legs while hanging upside down and there was an energetic trampoline showcase.
The highlight for me was a roller skating round, when two performers spun round fast on a surface the size of a child's paddling pool, before performing lifts, twists and nail biting stunts using just her head. Another child-hood favourite scene was the jewellery box ballerina who was more bendy than any doll that moves to allow the box lid to close. Stood on a revolving table, she effortlessly balanced and bent her way into several compositions.
Just like bending a cheese string, she got out of the position as easy as she entered the unbelievable shapes.
A tower of chairs was the stairway to the story's end. Carefully linking the wooden seats, while the performer climbed up the structure while performing balancing tricks as he led the way to the missing chair.
The Moscow State Circus had something for everyone, it never fails to amaze, wow and inspire and it is well worth spending an evening in its company.