Last night we went to See the Circus here in our very own Smoky Bay* — and boy, did we have a rocking great time!
Circus Sóley is the newest show by Circus Íslands, which was started by Wally the Clown [aka Lee Nelson] who is arguably Iceland’s funniest import [from ‘Stralia] and also an occasional commenter on this blog.**
Apparently Wally Lee has a BA in clownage from some clown school somewhere — although if you saw his show, you’d think he had a PhD in it. Not only does he do some amazing stunts himself, he’s actually trained EVERYONE ELSE IN THE CIRCUS to do stuff like acrobatics and juggling while standing on someone else’s shoulders and hanging upside down in ropes and basically life-threatening stunts that have you screaming in your seat because one false move and BAM someone could fall on their head and break their neck in an instant.
I am not joking.
This is the first circus act ever in Iceland to the best of my knowledge, and Lee’s keeping it real, as he tells The Grapevine:
It frustrates me that so many theatre companies here sell their tickets for 3,500 ISK and up. They’re subsidised by the government, they get all this support and they still charge a fortune for their tickets. What about some bloody Filipino immigrants in Breiðholt? Do they care about them? I do. I want those people to come and have a good time in my circus. Sirkus Íslands is for the people, by the people.
Amen to that. Tickets are only ISK 1,200 and the show is only about an hour long, so you can safely take the kids. In other words, there’s no excuse — everyone who is in Iceland and wants to forget about THE BLOB and Kittygate and everything else for a while, head on over to Salurinn in Kópavogur and get ready for some thrills, chills and great entertainment.
* aka Reykjavík
** name dropping