A human catapult and other death-defying feats set to wow Norwich audiences
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From human catapulting to giant seesaws to a wheel of death - an array of awe-inspiring circus stunts are thrilling audiences at Norwich Theatre Royal.
Acrobats from Finnish circus troupe Race Horse Company are performing tricks galore on the Theatre Street venue's stage as part of this year's Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
After presenting their show White Nights at the Adnams Spiegeltent during the 2016 festival, the company is now back with another show to once again delight festival-goers.
Called Super Sunday - despite being performed on Monday and Tuesday this week - it combines a kaleidoscope of death-defying feats, humour and carnival.
'Sunday is the free day, the end of the week when people go to the fairground or amusement parks,' said acrobat Rauli Kosonen, explaining the reason for the show's name.
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'It's really playful, a bit chaotic and a rollercoaster ride - come and see it!
'I'm sure there's something you have never seen before, so be surprised!'
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Set in a derelict fairground, the show features all manner of circus tricks and among them is the impressive human catapult - or trebuchet - which sees French acrobat Odilon Pindat fly himself over the stage via a special slingshot which he has designed himself.
Mr Kosonen, whose own acrobatic speciality is the trampoline, said: 'Odilon says the human catapult is really easy but according to my knowledge it's really, really nuts!
'There is the trapeze where he is hanging and the structure, how it works, Odilon is on the ground and there is the weight on the top, and once it has been triggered the weight from the top goes down and then Odilon flys over. It means that he has to release exactly in the right moment to land on the net. If he releases too early he will be on top of the structure or in the front of the house or anywhere. It's all about timing.'
Other spectacles from company's amazing box of tricks include everything from synchronised trampolining to floor acrobatics to the teeterboard as well as the jaw-dropping wheel of death.
Super Sunday is at Norwich Theatre Royal tonight and tomorrow at 8pm. The show is sponsored by Eastern Daily Press and Greater Anglia. Tickets £7-£24. To book, visit www.nnfestival.org.uk or call 01603 766400.