Bending Over Backwards to Entertain the Beach Bums
Categorised in: India 2012
By Tour Updates
To end a fantastic 2 weeks of training, planning, games playing, skill sharing and show writing, we performed for the first time as a group, to the multinational audience at Kudle beach. We had spent the previous few days advertising the show and debating the quality of sand at various points of the beach, to determine whether the planned unicycle tricks would be of spinning success or sinking dread.
As we descended the hill, towards the beach, ladened with hoops, clubs, wheels, staffs and smiles that were disguising our varying degrees of nerves, we saw that an eager crowd had already formed waiting to be entertained and amazed.
By the time we had set up stage the whole beach and more had gathered around our sand filled circus ring. With the sun setting over the waves on our right and the jungle behind us, we faced our smiling audience and the show commenced.
Mystic D our “Magical” ring master rallied and hyped (though most of the Kudle kids could do with de-hyping; many had to be removed from the stage a few times!), tricked and delighted. Some even thought a secret tunnel had been dug to enable our ‘twins’ to appear from two different boxes – magic! Jess’s snake charmed contortion act wowed and astounded even the accomplished Yogi’s.
After a group fire dance finale, the appreciation of the audience became apparent. Our collection plates were filled and we were overwhelmed by the generosity and encouragement of the audience. We raised around around 12,800 RPSfor PWB. It was a really uplifting and bonding experience for the group and set us off with a spring in our step for the next stage of our tour.