Attendees at some of the Bread & Circus - World Buskers Festival acts will have discovered, not all the acts are family-friendly. Some are far from it.
To help out those trying to maximise the last of the school holidays, here’s a list of the top six acts guaranteed to entertain the little ones.
1. Leo: The Anti-Gravity Show. An innovative show unlike anything else on the programme. Through interwoven live performance and video projection, the audience is forced to consider what would happen if gravity were to suddenly change. The show has played to crowds from New York to Berlin and everywhere in between, wracking up numerous awards. Performances at 6pm Friday and Saturday, and a 5pm show on Sunday, all at the Christ’s College Assembly Hall.
2. Hit the streets! Your best bet for the kids is to get the bus or bike into town and check out the buskers in their natural habitat. From acrobats to gameshow hosts, musicians to tap dancers, free events fill central Christchurch, but only until Sunday! Your printed programme is the best way to keep track of when and where, so get down there this weekend for the best of it.
3. Kevin Quantam. Kevin spent half his life studying physics, the other half studying magic. This show is the result of his unique intelligence and performance style. The British performer is known for bending gravity and creating near-impossible illusions. Didn’t think magic was real? Get ready to be proved wrong. Nightly shows January 29 until February 2, all in Bread & Circus’ phenomenal spiegeltent.
4. Kids Comedy Gala. A stage show promising an assortment of laughs without the rude bits. Essentially the kids’ version of The Last Morsel, the Kids Comedy Gala brings together the best of the festival under one roof, your chance for a full festival experience in a manageable one-hour slot. One show only at 2pm on Sunday January 20, at the Isaac Theatre Royal.
5. Kaput. An award-winning family show described as slapstick, acrobatics and total silliness. Tom Flanagan is the skilled artist on stage, expertly crafting performance from chaos. The bonanza has sold out to festival crowds in four continents, so get in quick for your chance to see it. Performances at 6.30pm Friday through Sunday, with a matinee show at 2pm on Saturday, all at The Backstage Social Club at the Arts Centre.