What a fantastic day I had on Saturday (14th). In the morning I visited intu to have a look at the Christmas decorations and I must admit to being very impressed by the displays this year ... the DDO house has a lot to live up to!!
I managed to catch the end of a Titan the Robot display, having seen him once before I didn't think I'd be too bothered by him but the pure size and movement of him leaves you completely in awe. I left my phone at home so have borrowed/stolen a picture from the web ...
So I'm using I (Dad) rather than we (Natalie & Lola) as I was a solo explorer on Saturday due to the David Beckham charity match in Manchester ... apparently the opportunity to see David run around in his shorts was more appealing than spending the day with me!
But not to worry as my sister in law Hayley and her daughter Maya joined me for Circus Mayhem at Deda in the afternoon.
Having worked with Deda for a few months, ran a competition for a family pass and watched several videos I was still a little unsure of what to expect from the show but I need not of worried as it was an afternoon of pure fun and entertainment.
We were welcomed by entertainment from Rimski and his bicycle piano - pretty impressive for someone to ride a bike, play a piano and sing all the same time (whilst not running any children over!). I believe he's played Glastonbury; pretty easy to see why as he had children and adults alike mesmerized.
At 3pm we were led through to the theatre for part 1 of the show - Jon Hicks - who is the International Man of Artistry. A title well deserved as he served up a hilarious show featuring his puppet dog, an egg trick and a very impressive speed painting act.
Speed painting, seen it before and not been that impressed. Whilst he was painting we were trying to guess what he was painting, these guesses included Jake the Dog (Adventure Time), a monster and nothing at all. This masterpiece was what he painted, UPSIDE DOWN, in the time it took to play 2 Elvis tracks ...
A quick interval followed giving us time to have a slice of cake and a cup of tea in the café; the cake was fab!
Act 2 was slapstick comedy trio BettiCombo. The act ranged from comedy musical numbers, humour, Chinese poles, dancing, buckets and even a little dose of nudity!
I'm not going to write too much about BettiCombo as I wouldn't do them justice, it was 45 minutes of pure entertainment. I've never laughed so much during a live act ... my cheeks were still hurting 2 hours later!
If they ever come back to Deda you MUST take the opportunity to see them. I implore you to at least give them a Google and watch some of the videos available online.
Keep your eyes peeled for more Deda Derby events suitable for all the family.
Have a brilliant week!
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