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Reviewer Debbie Cheshire enjoys the Shaolin Warriors at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury
Review: Shaolin Warriors, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
May 2, 2011
Review by Debbie Cheshire
From the moment we entered the theatre the highly decorated back drop and peaceful oriental music created an air of mystic. As the screen went up the authentic looking temple entrance took us back in time and began the story of a young boy looking to realise his dream of becoming a Shaolin Warrior.
And so the action begins. A display of colour and sound fills the stage with the high energy of the warriors as they display their martial arts prowess and acrobatic skills. There were two young boys, the pupils, who showed remarkable agility and control for ones so young, this included vertical splits.
The show goes on to include audience participation, firstly with a group of children being taught some Kung Fu moves and then with two adults mimicking the fighting of the warriors. The laughter that this generates from the audience is in stark contrast to the sharp intakes of breath induced by some of the awe inspiring stunts.
Stunts include a sandwich of a bed of swords, a warrior, a bed of nails, a warrior and then a three-inch thick slab. The appearance of a warrior with a sledge hammer caused the audience to laugh nervously before being silenced by the disbelief of the hammer pounded down, breaking the slab.
Other impressive displays include a warrior being held aloft by spears and a warrior chopping a lettuce with cleaver on his stomach.
If you are looking for a show that is fast moving, colourful, loud and energetic with a hint of spiritualism then this might just be for you.