dpm is a Birmingham-based freelancer with experience of arts and lifestyle features.
Modern circus full of thrills
Long gone are the days when circus entertainment was a sorry looking lion and a dancing elephant.
Instead we have modern circus in which we marvel at the feats which people can achieve – whether it's balancing, tumbling, daredevil or simply clowning around.
Cirque Berserk captures all these elements of 21st century circus in a fast-paced spectacle full of wow moments.
Performers have been sourced from across the globe and include the bizarre, the slightly nerve-racking and the fun.
Tweedy garners the laughs
Each act is only on stage for a few minutes before we are on to the next one. So one moment we are watching the Tropicana Troupe high-jumping off a springboard, catapulting into the air and across the stage and the next it's Kremena stopping the clocks to balance on one hand.
You can't help but wonder how people discover they have such talents. At what stage in life did Germaine realise she could juggle with her feet and did Odka wake up one morning to find she could contort her body small enough to fit into a jar!
Clown Tweedy garners the laughs with his falls, tumbles and scrapes. You feel prompted to shout 'don't try this at home' as he ladder-jumps across the stage – with the inevitable results.
For many, the highlight will be the dramatically named 'Globe of Terror' in which four motorbikes from the Lucius team are encased in a giant globe, much like a huge hamster ball and race in a synchronised whirl of wheels and steel.
The Lucius Team in the Globe of Terror
There's plenty in this show for adults and children as it shows all that circus can be. It is at Birmingham Rep until March 22 and for full tour details click on www.cirqueberserk.co.uk/