Gangstars, Norwich

JOHN LAWSON If anyone deserved to do well out of the white elephant that was the Millennium Dome it was the people involved in the simply stunning arena show.

JOHN LAWSON

If anyone deserved to do well out of the white elephant that was the Millennium Dome it was the people involved in the simply stunning arena show.

No one had a bad word to say about that at least – and no one will have a bad word to say about the Dome performers who have come together for Gangstars.

The shows follows the same faintly surreal pattern, weaving a story about an Irish immigrant seeking fame, fortune – and Greta Garbo – in gangland New York into the company's melange of circus skills, dance, mime and music.

The storyline treads on thin ice at times, but I can't help but feel this show has all the makings of a cult classic – a sort of mixture between Tapdogs and the seasonal West End smash Shockheaded Peter and yet without any of the elements of either! It's that sort of show.

Impossible to label or categorise it may be but what is not in dispute is the talent on view and the level of versatility too.

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There are acrobats who can dance, dancers who can twirl on trapezes, trapeze artists who can sing and play instruments.

Watch out for the acrobatics from the spinning girder, the flying sequences, the dulcima playing and the amazing strength of the smallest girl in the company!

This show deserves better than the tiny audience that greeted its opening night – you've only two nights to put that right.

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