Cirque du Soleil

The Brainy One and I have been trying to persuade The Boy Child for years that going to see Cirque du Soleil would be fantastic.  The French-Canadian company has an annual run at London’s Royal Albert Hall every January-February.   IMG_0943.JPGThis year’s production was Ovo, although in truth, most punters go for the clowns, acrobats and gymnasts rather than what the story might be. IMG_0947.JPGHaving agreed to try a performance, I didn’t give The Boy Child chance to change his mind and purchased the tickets there and then.  Unfortunately, on the day, The Boy Child decided that he wouldn’t enjoy it and there was no persuading him otherwise.IMG_0957.JPGHaving booked the fairly expensive tickets last minute, there was no way we weren’t going.  We know that The Boy Child’s immediate response to a new experience is ‘no’, but experience has shown us that he usually has a great time once he’s there.

Sitting in the Albert Hall, sandwiched between The Brainy One and me, The Boy Child took some thawing out this time .  Even before the performance began, he was moaning and saying he wanted to leave.  That he didn’t like it and it was too loud.

I confess that we did what all good parents do … we ignored him.  He spent the first half with his fingers in his ears and his face hidden against The Brainy One’s leg.  He perked up at the interval because ice cream was mentioned.  Having consumed his ice cream in record time, he said of Cirque du Soleil (with a straight face),”It’s not bad” and then resumed his position hidden against The Brainy One’s leg.  Once the acrobats and tumblers appeared, I poked him in the ribs and when he saw what was going on, he was completely absorbed.

Which meant that the afternoon wasn’t a total disaster.  You might think that we should have left when he wanted to, but sometimes it’s a judgement call.  And bottom line, The Brainy One and I wanted to see the performance.

Next year, I’ll book just two tickets and arrange a babysitter for The Boy Child.

6 thoughts on “Cirque du Soleil

  1. You did absolutely the right thing and I do hope that you enjoyed it. I’ve heard such good things about it and was tempted to get tickets this year – maybe next year! It was probably the best decision to sit and stay (quite apart from having spent a lot of money on the tickets) and I am sure that with your knowledge and experience of his reactions, you had decided that it wasn’t a complete melt down moment. I’m pleased the ice cream and acrobats were a hit!


  2. Cirque du Soleil is quite amazing. The music is often so engaging, but can get ever SO loud, I also put my fingers in my ears until I knew to pack a pair of ear plugs. Knowing the TBC I’m sure you knew staying was the right call besides sometimes you have to indulge YOU. Glad that in the end he did enjoy. May I just say that combo of The Royal Albert Hall & Cirque du Soleil – WOW.


  3. So glad y’all decided to go anyway and that the Boy Child enjoyed a bit of it. When one of my nieces was visiting last year, she got pouty when we were on the way to a minor league baseball game (that she really wanted to see) and spent the first half of the game in pout mode. We just ignored it and she was fine by the end.


  4. I had a similarly pouty 5 year old with me at one of the Cirque shows years ago. She sulked through most of the first half, but once she spotted the hula hoop dancers, we had to restrain her because she wanted to get up on stage with the performers. As I recall, we did a lot of hula hooping after that performance!

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