Words: Michelle Jamieson
Chevalier, a delightful circus homage to hobbyhorses, invites the audience on a whimsical journey filled with impressive acrobatics, balancing, and juggling. Set on a charming circus-inspired stage, the show starts with a humorous interaction with a troublesome light, instantly warming up the audience and setting the tone for the next 40 minutes of action-packed fun.
Led by the charismatic ringmaster, Kalle Lehto, the performance captivates both children and adults alike. The action on display leaves the young spectators spellbound, while the well-timed comedic moments have them giggling in delight. I couldn’t help but notice the joy in the eyes of a child who couldn’t contain her excitement, bouncing up and down in her seat with pure delight.
The show weaves together a series of seemingly isolated stories linked with different hobbyhorses, which keeps the children engaged and eagerly anticipating what’s next. The non-verbal nature of the Finnish company, Race Horse Company, makes it a universal experience, allowing the young ones to immerse themselves fully in the magical world of play and imagination.
The inclusion of silent films throughout the show adds an intriguing layer of storytelling. Kalle’s interactions with the films are particularly enjoyable, leaving the audience wanting more of these creative moments that add depth to the performance.
The young audience finds themselves not only entertained but also fully engaged and focused. One parent shared, “she was so quiet and focused throughout the whole show!” highlighting the show’s power to captivate and hold the attention of young minds.
Chevalier offers an alternative and authentic introduction to what circus can be. It is a taste of European children’s theatre and a delightful experience for the whole family.
Chevalier – Hobbyhorse Circus
Assembly George Square Studios, Studio One
8, 10-13, 15-20, 22-27