I’ve seen two student shows the last few days and I’m due to see another this weekend. It’s the time of year again; the time for the End Of Year Student Performance.
After each of the shows I found myself having a familiar conversation with a number of people: “what did you think of the show?” It’s not a strange question to ask. I must have asked it and been asked it thousands of times over the years after almost every circus show, theatre show, film and music gig. And obviously some I like and some I don’t like.
There are very few movies I don’t like. For the most part I can accept them exactly as they are and exactly as they’re not, regardless of whether they are Hollywood Blockbusters or Indie Flicks I can enjoy them, letting the story and the fantasy wash over me, taking me away from my life and letting me get wrapped up in an alternate reality for a while.
But when it comes to circus I find myself stuck. I no longer get wrapped up in the thrill and the excitement of the circus, I struggle to be amazed. I find myself waiting for the fake slip on the high wire, watching the acrobats intently for flawed technique, or watching the use of safety lines instead of the trick itself.
I find it hard to enjoy circus these days and am pleasantly surprised when I walk out of a show having enjoyed myself, having been entertained, and having forgotten about the safety lines.
Is it just me? Am I overly critical these days? Or do you find yourself doing the same thing?