Moscow Circus acrobats Viktor Martisevich and his partner Katsiaryna with Alexander Nareika and Tatsiana Paltauskaya.
Moscow Circus acrobats Viktor Martisevich and his partner Katsiaryna with Alexander Nareika and Tatsiana Paltauskaya. Warren Lynam

Circus guaranteed to be thriller

GREG Hall is betting Gladstone people are in for an “I can't believe it” experience as a spectator at the Great Moscow Circus.

And the show's general manager is offering a bottle of wine to anyone who's not satisfied.

“The show still has all the fun and laughs, but we've added a little bit of devilry, a little bit of thrills and spills excitement,” he said.

“It's got an edge of having to close your eyes. In the finale we have the globe of death where four motor bike riders, inside a four-metre steel globe, are all travelling at 80 km/hr at the same time.”

Mr Hall isn't letting on what happens.

“But be ready for a twist,” he said. “I liken it to sitting in your kitchen with four motorbike riders on the walls - they have to be millimetre perfect.”

Two big tops were erected yesterday at Gladstone's Memorial Park ready for tonight's opening performance.

The circus, with a total crew of 70, is travelling from Broome to Hobart as part of its fourth national regional tour.

Mr Hall said the first regional tour in 1990 recognised the need to move the circus experience outside the big cities.

“Our first tour was an overwhelming success,” he said. “The second tour covered 73 cities and the third lasted from 2002 to 2003 and covered 55 cities.”

People in more than 50 cities are expected to see this tour. “

We came from Bundaberg with six sell-out shows,” Mr Hall said. “We're doing 10 shows in Gladstone, starting tomorrow night (Wednesday) and including Easter Monday.

“Gladstone's got an exciting week with all the Easter activity and we've got a great show.

“The Moscow Circus has been coming to Australia since 1965,” he said. “People trust the name and know they get quality for their money.”

Tickets are available on site at the big top box office or phone 0429moscow.



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