Presented by Highwire Entertainment and set within a restaurant, Bon Appetit follows the escapades of a head chef, waiter and maître d’ as they juggle, tumble and balance their way through a series of high-energy food and kitchen-inspired acts showcasing acrobatic ability and strength.
The show has plenty of hilarity and light-hearted moments to keep kids giggling and, at 45 minutes long, it is well suited to younger viewers. Featuring a combination of traditional circus acts, new routines and musical numbers, it moves along at a steady pace that holds their attention without becoming dull or overwhelming.
The three talented performers take to the stage in colourful yet simple costumes and all do a great job engaging with their young audience before, during and after the show. They encourage the children to wiggle along with the music (while remaining seated), which will be welcomed by parents of young children, who know that getting them to sit still is almost impossible.
The minimal use of stage lights and music allows the audience to focus on the performers without distraction, and there are plenty of impressive skills and funny antics displayed. However, with no costume changes and minimal props, some parents may find the ticket price a little steep. There are also times when the music seems too loud for the room, which could be a problem for younger or sensitive viewers.
Petit Circus: Bon Appetit, suitable for ages 3+, is playing at The Peacock, Gluttony until March 21.
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