Ever since I was a teenager I saw posters for Circus of Horrors but never really got round to going to see a show. So on a whim when it came up on 'Group-on' that Circus Of Horrors would be in Wolverhampton and with a name like Night of the Zombie I just had to go. At £11 a ticket it was a pretty good deal so me and the Mr and four of our mates figured we would all check it out. This is what I had hoped to expect.
Going to Wolverhampton was a blast from the passed as I spent a lot of my teen years there with the same mates at gigs and generally bouncing around town. I even went to University there and lived there for a year. I hadn't been back in some time so the nostalgia was nice. We popped into the Giffard Arms for a few drinks but as there had been a football match on it was rammed. If you haven't been to the Giffard it is a little rock club decked out with coffin tables, a huge throne and even gothic named toilets. I couldn't resist a cheeky selfie. When it isn't rammed there is a nice atmosphere and it is a fun place to listen to some metal and even have a little dance.
The show was at Wolverhampton Civic having only been to gigs there before I was curious if we would be seated or standing. Especially since we had all ordered our tickets at different times and wanted to sit together the joys of Group on meant we didn't get these details but then we did only pay half the ticket price. There were seats but very squished together and despite the ticket numbers it seemed everyone was on a free for all. Being the classy adults we are wanting a drink we were in the que at the bar so ended up at the near the back like naughty school kids.
We couldn't hear or see what was going on at all. The sound was awful which I think is more down to bad venue than the performers.Which is a real shame because some of the tricks you miss out if you are not close to the stage. Seeing a woman squish herself into a small space would fill me with awe if she wasn't just a blur. I would love to see the show again only in a smaller more intimate venue. The atmosphere was pretty cool and the ring master if you will was the mirror image of Nosferatu. Major points for that alone from me. The highlight for me and one of my besties Lolly was the aerial performers, Holding yourself up so high takes amazing strength not to mention it must be terrifying.
There is no doubt that the performers are a very talented and hard working team but sadly because we couldn't hear or see properly we left not long after half time. We were promised zombie attacks which being at the back would have kept us entertained, the gore hounds we are we awaited these but they never came. Also being told when I can go get snacks or drinks just annoyed me. I am an adult if I want overpriced peanuts just sort it out. I get that you don't want people disrupting the show but Miss jobsworth I am standing right here and it may entertain me if I can't hear the show. The civic has been an amazing venue for bands but I am not so sure I will rush to see any non music acts there anytime in the future. That being said we had a laugh, marvelled at the talent and then went to the pub.
Have you been to see Circus of Horrors? Which show did you see and what did you think?