I was recently invited by Oxfam to attend and review a special charity opening night performance of Cique Du Soleil's Amaluna at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
I'll be honest though; even with the promise of a night off of bedtime and the prospect of wine, I wasn't immediately convinced. I've never really seen myself as a fan of the circus and a trip to London can be a fraught affair, but when I mentioned it to a friend she said she had seen Cirque years ago and it was fantastic and we had to go. Although we often have very different ideas of what constitutes fun* I gave her the benefit of the doubt and we trekked up to London in the snow to see the show.
I'd never been to the Royal Albert Hall before, but it doesn't disappoint. With the likes of Richard and Judy (can't believe I missed out on meeting them huh?) and someone from Strictly who I don't know because I don't watch Strictly taking the top spots, we were up in the circle, but even from quite high up we didn't miss a thing - we were quite happy to relax with our wine in a plastic pint glass, trying to take everything in.
If you've ever seen Cirque Du Soleil in action, you'll know exactly what I mean. If you haven't, then take the opportunity to go and see it while you can; it's on until 26 February and you can get tickets here. I wouldn't take my toddlers because they're ungrateful swines, but older children would definitely love it.
|My son also likes to hang from things by his neck, but less gracefully.|
Thank you to Oxfam for giving me this experience. The event was help to raise awareness (and of course money) to help some of the the world's poorest people, and particularly women living in extreme poverty. To support Oxfam's work, please text LIGHT to 70066 to donate £2.
Photos courtesy of LD Communications (apart from one. Guess which).