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EL CIRCO - SYDNEY

Date: 20th January 2012

Last night Jonathan and I went to El Circo - it is an evening of Entertainment part Circus, part Cabaret and part Burlesque and a Degustation Menu taking place at Slide in Oxford Street, Sydney.

It was a superb evening - can't say I have enjoyed anything so much in a long time. Having been to Le Moulin Rouge in Paris last summer and been hugely disappointed - not in the show which was very good - but in the vast arena seating about 2,000 and a very very poor meal, I was preparing myself with hope but also possible disappointment. The venue in Oxford Street, Sydney, was small, intimate and atmospheric with tables seating two and four. My son tells me that when there isn't a show in progress it is a bar and dance place. The Food was fun - nine very small courses with names such as Edible Moorish Garden - hummus etc served in a terracotta flower pot - the main course was a very tasty Canard a L'orange but the course which really grabbed us was Virtual Popcorn - a Black Balloon which was individually pricked by our Hostess Claire de Lune - and out emanated the smell of popcorn - it really was fun.

In between all the courses there were superb acts - the type one would see at a circus hence the title - trapeze, contortionist and a girl who balanced on lengths of silk dangling from a hook in the ceiling - I cannot adequately describe the acts which were amazing. Another couple - guy and gal - did the most amazing pole and trapeze work. As the show is only on Saturdays with the occasional Friday, we both wondered what they do in between times.

We were extremely fortunate in that the usual MC was unwell and the person standing in was actually the creator of the show - Marc Kuzma. He was superb - dressed up as a woman in a classy white trouser suit and the only reason I will give away the ending is that this is not his normal role - otherwise I would not reveal the denoument. At the very end of the show he takes off all his feminine gear, the makeup etc. whilst singing a Charles Aznavour song and then reveals himself as a very good looking French guy. Marc indicated that on Saturdays there are larger groups and a different atmosphere but for us Friday was just perfect. If you are in Sydney and El Circo is still playing at Slide I would strongly recommend that you go. The price of the evening (drinks not included) was $99 each. However in Sydney you can easily pay that for dinner for two. Here you had an interesting gastronomic experience and a wonderful show. Thank you Marc, Eloise, Thomas, Toby, Mr. Gorski and Suzie Q and all the friendly staff for an unforgettable evening. At the Moulin Rouge in Paris one's cameras were confiscated for the evening so I didn't take my slightly bulky camera and then regretted it because El Circo allowed photography without flash. I took a few photos on my mobile but don't know if they will be of good enough quality to post on the Web when I return to the UK.

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