So a week on from our exploits at the Brit Project we once again found ourselves on a Saturday in a dark enclosed space near Manchester. However this time we were at Cirque Du Soleil's Amaluna the latest show to pitch up (tent reference) at IntuTrafford Centre. And we also had the "grown-ups" with us too. (Just a bit concerned that Lucy's hubby Simon - on the right - is actually well over 6 feet tall in real life but looks the shortest of all of us on the photo!)
We first went to see Cirque a few years ago when they toured Varekai at the same venue and we had always said we'd go and watch them again.
With a story loosely based on The Tempest - shipwrecks and "forbidden" love - this latest extravaganza from the genius minds at Cirque grabbed the attention right from the start - in fact from before the start as the usual pre-show set-up of performers and audience interaction started a good 10 minutes before the lights went down.
Photography wasn't allowed during the show so the above was as the stage was initially set and yes thats a big bowl of water which saw a spellbinding routine as part of the show and yes we were that close to the stage too!
I won't give too much away in case you have tickets or get to see it at some time in the future but the stand out moment for me was in the second half and the balancing act. It reminded us of the worlds largest pick up sticks game and as the act progressed I did genuinely move to the edge of my seat and I've never heard an audience so quiet in all my life - time stood still.
Great stuff, two hours of music, fantasy, thrills - a few spills (literally from the bowl of water) and quite a few shakes of the head in awe at the skills on show. Basically go if you can if not to this then any of the other shows they do. They really are something else and hopefully they'll be back at Trafford in the not too distant future.
A bit of this .... and a bit of that. We do like doing fun stuff and maybe some things that people of a certain "ahem" age shouldn't - but what the hell. Concerts, music, theatres and anything else that's a bit different.