We had a great evening out at the Chinese State Circus in Oxford on Friday.
All the artists were very impressive, but we particularly enjoyed the foot juggling with parasols and the group cycling. You could really see how much skill and how much practice were involved in these two acts.
The Monkey King was the circus clown. He was amusing and extremely acrobatic in the way that he moved, so was good to watch on various fronts.
The circus welcomed one guest act -- Duo Extreme from Bulgaria. This act was excellent -- two aerial artists who incorporated both water and fire into their repertoire.
The only thing that surprised us was how empty the big top was -- only about a quarter full. Perhaps 7.30 on a Friday evening isn't a good time for circus attendance (too late for the kids, and not yet the weekend when people have more time on their hands).
In any event, if you enjoy watching really good acrobats and gymnasts perform, I would highly recommend seeing the Chinese State Circus -- and at just £16 for reasonable seats, it's pretty good value too.