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Review of Great Moscow Circus performing in Geraldton at Utakarra Ball Park until July 31

Derek GoforthMidwest Times
The Moscow Circus is in town and recommended for its eclectic performances.
Camera IconThe Moscow Circus is in town and recommended for its eclectic performances. Credit: Supplied

You can’t help but notice a change in scenery around the Utakarra Ball Park in the past week or two. Yes, that’s right, the circus is in town!

The Great Moscow Circus has returned to Geraldton for the first time since 2018 with a show after a COVID-induced break.

The action started at Utakarra Ball Park last Saturday at 7pm, with 11 shows to be performed over the nine days their tents are pitched up.

The new extreme show features acrobats, singers, BMX and pro-scooter riders, trial riders and multi-motorcycle cage riders.

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I took myself along with my family to check out all the hustle and bustle and was not left disappointed.

From the opening fanfare and dance to the amazing aerial performances by several acts, there was something for everyone. The trampoline “group” were both thrilling and entertaining and the pendulum walker had the audience breaking into audible gasps at his antics.

I could have done with less of the ‘clown’ but he served his purpose, bringing audience participation to a whole new level and filling the gaps between acts. On our afternoon performance I think some of the crowd should have got his wages they did so well.

The highlight had to be the finale with three motorbike riders performing death-defying stunts in their spherical cage. I honestly thought they would at least clip each other at one point, but they did it flawlessly.

I could talk at length about prices, but I think an event like the circus only comes around every so often and I understand they need to cover a lot of overheads. But nearly $25 for a couple of drinks and popcorn was a bit much.

I would heartily recommend a trip to the big top, it’s fun for all the family. A word of warning though, it’s LOUD. I mean really loud and we were near the back. Take some ear plugs or mufflers for anyone with sensory issues.

The circus is in Geraldton until July 31.

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