Part B- Be the audience The event I attended was Circus Fantasia, in Littleton on 6th March. Having attended quite a few circus’ before and having seen ones before of very high standard, I went in with quite critical thinking… As soon as I saw the circus I could tell instantly it was not going to be great. They say don’t Judge a book by its cover but if the outside looked dull with limited decoration, I only could come to the instant assumption that the inside would be similar.

I was erect in thinking so because as soon as I entered, the word ‘cheap’ came into mind. The ringside looked old, chipped paint, rusted and sitting on them was excruciatingly uncomfortable. The chairs surrounding the ring were not lined neatly, rather in a messy arrangement which made getting to certain seats a task (though this could possibly be not their fault, but the fault of the audience who may have moved them getting to their seats). The ring itself was of small size which I was fairly surprised about since I’m used to seeing much bigger.

Staff did not wear the kind of clothes I was used to seeing at a circus, instead of being eye-catching and bright they were the complete opposite. The staff themselves were also limited which was another thing I noticed when the show began. The show began straight off with a clown, who’s comedy act -in my opinion- was far from funny, and by the silence of the audience, I guess they agree. However, later when you’d got used to the visual sense of humor he used (since he didn’t really talk), he was easier to laugh at and young hillier erupted in giggles at his act.

There were not a large amount of performers, and many doubled up, doing more than one act which would have worked better if they at least changed their outfits in between. On the other hand at least they worked with limited staff to the best of their ability and found performers with multi talents which would decrease their costs and increase their profit. Another fault in the show was that often, the music playing would not match up to the act and in effect destroyed the atmosphere.

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For example, during a muscle man breaking free from a chain act, there was a slow, graceful piece playing, which did not create the right atmosphere. Additionally the sound quality itself was not the best, and only came from two speakers situated at the front of the ring instead of around the tent, which was not a major issue and not one the children would have noticed. Lighting also was not great and only came from two rigs, nowhere else, and was limited in colors.

The lighting also did sudden rapid on/off flashes quite often, which I think household have came with a health warning (for those who are affected by flashing lights). Rules were not given at the beginning of the show, so it was unclear whether flash photography was allowed, and there was no saying to turn your phones off (though this may be self explanatory). On the positive side, the staff appeared to be very friendly,prices were reasonable, as was the service and despite its many faults it offers what a circus should… Entertainment. Bronze Arts Award Part B By characterizer

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