I was never allowed to go to the circus as a child. My mother, the animal activist, refused to submit money to an organisation which saw droopy-eyed lions, ponies and monkeys locked up in tiny enclosures and away from their little animal families.
Of course, those were the only circuses I was interested in as a naive youngster, though I'd never visit them now for the same reasons. I have, however, come to develop an insane love affair with circuses of the all-human variety; so visiting Le Noir at QPAC on the weekend was pretty much the highlight of my year (or at least the winter part).
I strongly believe that the mark of a good circus is the number of moments of genuine terror that rip through your entire body. You know the kind where your stomach drops; you're questioning how something like this ever passes any kind of health & safety evaluation and you're mentally preparing your witness statement, because you're pretty sure you're going to watch someone die tonight.
I don't know how many of these moments there were - I stopped counting after about 7, and that was approximately 20 minutes through the first act.
Le Noir is a visual spectacular, with plenty of breathtaking stunts, comedic hosting and some very sexy co-stars. Each act takes place in various states of undress, and there are plenty of performers showcasing the physical consequences of gruelling training routines.
There's also heightened levels of steamy sexual chemistry among some of the duos, leaving fellow journalist Jane and myself taking bets on which couples were tangling limbs in real life (because, flexibility).
Do yourself a favour and snap up some tickets before the week is out, and the circus leaves town! For a date night with a difference or an unforgettable evening with the girls, it's easily one of the best shows to hit Brisbane this season.