REVIEW: Planet Circus, Bents Park, South Shields, Until April 19

RECORD-BREAKING ... Seven bikers ride around the Globe of Death in a record-breaking stunt at Planet Circus.
RECORD-BREAKING ... Seven bikers ride around the Globe of Death in a record-breaking stunt at Planet Circus.
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BREATHTAKING stunts and death-defying feats are sure to entertain all those who head to the circus this week.

Planet Circus has rolled into Bents Park, South Shields with an unforgettable show.

High-flying acrobats, somersaulting wrestlers, and high-octane, risky stunts are just some of the amazing performances on offer.

Set within the Big Top and proceeded over by a glamorous female ringleader, the show is a host of fun for all the family.

Flying high above the eager crowd, acrobats worked on silks and ropes to display amazing strength and skill.

The audience also got involved in the show as a funny female clown recruited people to act out a scene from Star Wars.

Spider-Man also made an appearance, much to the delight of the young members of the audience, flying out above the crowd and doing amazing flips and tricks.

A ladder walking act also stunned the crowd, as performer Emil Faltyny climbed a free-standing jagged ladder while balancing a huge metal pole with a giant metal cube balanced on top of it, on his head.

The performer came back later to throw knives at a board, where his wife Vlastia stood, while he was blindfolded, making the crowd gasp in delight.

A stunt named the Circle of Death was absolutely terrifying to watch.

FAMILY SHOW ... Amazing stunts and circus tricks are on display at Planet Circus.

FAMILY SHOW ... Amazing stunts and circus tricks are on display at Planet Circus.

A giant metal contraption, with a circle on each end, spun around with an acrobat at each side.

As the circles spun, the acrobats jumped in the air, run around the outside of it – even blindfolded – and skipped with a rope while it turned quickly beneath them.

The audience gasped with equal horror and delight as the performers soared high above the crowd.

The circus’ signature attraction, the Globe of Death, closed the show.

The audience gasped with equal horror and delight as the performers soared high above the crowd.

The record-breaking act saw seven bikers whizz around a 4.4m metal globe and the result was absolutely phenomenal.

The act, which includes 15-year-old Peter Pavlov, Europe’s youngest stunt rider, were seen on Britain’s Got Talent last year.

They wowed the nation then, but the act has developed massively. At one point, the globe split in the middle as four riders circled the top half, and the other three circled the bottom. It was breathtaking.

The act also saw brave Emilia Pavlov stand in the centre of the globe as the bikers whizzed around her head.

The act was introduced as ‘the one we were all waiting for’ and it was certainly worth the wait.

I went along to the circus with my friend and her three boys – my Godsons – and their faces lit up at the fantastic feats on display.

Each of them named a different part as their favourite – Spider-Man, the wrestlers, and the Globe of Death – and they just loved every second of it.

It’s definitely a show for the whole family and one you should certainly catch before it leaves town.

Planet Circus is in Bents Park until Sunday, April 19. Click here to book tickets.

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