Fiona and I went to see Cirque du Soleil's Alegria last night at the Albert Hall, as guests of one of the Champagne houses (the currently for sale Lanson). I wasn't expecting to enjoy it terribly much, but in the end I did. Michael Church's review from The Independent sums it up better that I could, although I disagree with him about the Mongolian contortionists. They were a bit freaky; against nature.
I often wonder what it must be like to be part of a circus act. You must spend a lot of time together - does this create some sort of family-like bond? Is everyone nice to each other? And do the clowns get on with the acrobats? Who is friends with the contortionists?
Each year Zippo's circus visits Twickenham Green; our children love it. One year the kids of the talented French clown were in the same class at school as one of ours for a couple of weeks, so we had them back to ours for tea. We were invited to see them in France, but never made it - a shame, it would have been an interesting connection.