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Turbo charged show full of ice stunts

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

raising the bar:   The circus section vibrant

raising the bar: The circus section vibrant

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HOLIDAY ON ICE — SPEED

★★★★★

Westpoint, Exeter

****

HOLIDAY on Ice has been producing elaborate, traditional ice skating shows which safely pull in the punters year on year, but this time it has taken a risk with the adrenalin-filled show Speed... and it's paid off.

It's like the producers have pressed a turbo button and catapulted the whole level of dance, choreography and stunts to another level.

Packed with jaw dropping skating, fun routines and an array of dazzling costumes the show is perfect for all the family and it is a true spectacle.

The opening was fast and furious and was a cross between something from a Mad Max film and a futuristic scene complete with acrobats and fire dancer Melody Le Moal.

It really has the wow factor.

A beach segment where huge beach balls were thrust into the crowd was also fun, bright and a great way to get the audience involved.

During the second act, the bar is raised again especially during the circus sketch.

The vibrant section includes American skater Forrest Ryan McKinnon as ring master who performs clever tricks which leave you squealing and wondering how on earth he can pulled off the stunts.

A major highlight was when he built up speed and managed to jump through the 'jaws of death', a rotating sphere complete with metal mouth which opens and closes.

He timed it to perfection to jump through the mouth to a mass of applause.

Russian duo Daria Perminova and Evgenii Belyanin are a force to be reckoned with.

Their strong performance, which incorporating complex lifts and stunts, was phenomenal to watch.

American skater Rohene Ward also impressed with his fast spins and jumps.

What's great about Speed is it shows the production team have moved with the times yet the production has still managed to retain the key ingredients which HOI is famous for: amazing ice skating skills and brilliant entertainment.

Catch it while you can!

DAWN ELLIS

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