Cirque du Soleil returns to the UK with its electrifying show 'Kooza'

clock Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 09:48AM
At HQ we are, by nature, great fans of entertainment and theatre and the news of Cirque du Soleil’s return to the British Isles has certainly set the pulses racing throughout the team!

The electrifying new show, ‘Kooza’ is coming to London’s Royal Albert Hall for the very first time and reports indicate the production is a return to Cirque du Soleil’s origins of combining the two primary circus traditions of acrobatics and clowning in their own unique style.

This new production encompasses the story of a loner searching high and low for his place in the world, infused with a sumptuous array of aerial, trapeze and high wire stunts including the breath-taking ‘Wheel of Death’!

Founded in 1984, Cirque du Soleil’s popularity expanded rapidly over the 1990s and at the turn of the Millennium, performing 19 shows in over 271 cities in almost every corner of the globe.

Famed for its dramatic blend of circus arts and old-fashioned street entertainment, not only has it provided a new line of theatrical entertainment for the public, it has dragged the circus out of the doldrums, making it fashionable once again. If you are thinking of taking in the show whilst it is in town then you can get tickets from the official Cirque du Soleil site.

‘Kooza’ has been touring across the globe for almost six years having first launched in Canada back in April 2007. The show’s musical scores are partly influenced by the sounds of India, while the biggest on-stage feature is the traveling tower called a ‘bataclan’ which moves during the course of the show.

Later this year Cirque du Soleil is planning to unveil a residency show as a tribute to the music of the late Michael Jackson as an offshoot of the currently touring ‘Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour’ production. This is expected to be premiered in Las Vegas this summer.

Whether it is entertaining at a children’s party or playing the jester for a night on the tiles, the awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil has undoubtedly helped breathe new life into the artistry of circus acts.

Similarly, if you are planning a party in the New Year and are struggling to choose a theme to put smiles upon the faces of friends and family then take advantage of our great range of circus themed outfits designed to help you own the ring like the best in showbiz!

Texas Chainsaw 3D hits the nation’s cinema screens

clock Monday, January 7, 2013 at 02:04PM

Originally one of the most controversial and thought-provoking additions to the horror genre, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has had a lasting impact on the film industry. With three sequels following the original – the latest coming back in 2006 – Tobe Hooper’s cult-classic has been revisited once again as a 3D version of the franchise hit the nation’s cinema screens earlier this month.

Directed by John Lussenhop and written by Debra Sullivan and Adam Marcus, Texas Chainsaw 3D is the seventh film in the entire franchise and was created as a direct follow up to the original.


The plot focuses on Heather, who finds out that she was adopted after being notified of an inheritance from a long-lost grandparent. Whilst en-route to retrieving her inheritance with friends, Heather and co. encounter Leatherface who is later revealed as Heather’s cousin and protects Heather as the only family she has left.

Film fanatics of the franchise predicted that the 3D version would flop at the Box Office, but it transpired that people were yearning for a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie after all, with sales of $23 million from US and Canadian audiences, slaying rival films such as The Hobbit and Django Unchained.

In the US alone The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has grossed around $416 million and the success of this latest release has been attributed to a successful social media promotional campaign from Lionsgate, targeting the world’s ever-growing horror fan base.

The horror genre is still one of the most talked about movie genres of all time, with so many truly terrifying bad guys to rival Leatherface. From Freddy Krueger and Jason to Scream and Pinhead, these characters are ingrained in horror culture and are the most common faces we see at Halloween and other spooky occasions.

Hooper's seal of approval

Texas Chainsaw 3D also appears to have the approval of Tobe Hooper, writer and director of the original back in 1974, who recently spoke of his delight that the latest release stayed true to the film’s initial origins.

"They studied why the original film works, by breaking conventions, not doing it as the Hollywood version," he said.

"Also, the 3D is really good. I’m turning into a fan of 3D. It’s so different than the 1950s kind of 3D. This has such depth."

Hooper also spoke of Leatherface and how his character continues to haunt nearly 40 years later.

"There’s just something about him. Leatherface has family problems. There’s dysfunction in that family."

Let’s be honest; everyone enjoys being scared to their wits end now and again. Check out our own terrifying assortment of horror outfits for men and women alike, perfect for sending chills down the spines of friends and family.

5 fun New Year’s Eve party theme ideas to welcome in 2013

clock Friday, December 21, 2012 at 03:58PM
champagne bottleNo sooner will Christmas come and go then we will all be frantically focusing on last-minute preparations for New Year’s Eve. 2013 is almost upon us and if you are planning on hosting a New Year’s Eve party for your friends and family then you will want to make sure it is one to remember – for all the right reasons!

Here are five creative party ideas that you could implement quickly and effectively, whether you are looking for something a little sophisticated, a kids-friendly theme or something to bring out the party animals within you!

Night at the Oscars

Roll out the red carpet and host your very own Oscars-themed night, encouraging friends and family to get dressed up as their favourite Hollywood film stars. There are plenty of outfits for men and women alike to choose from, whether it’s Tom Cruise’s Top Gun outfit, Harry Potter, Princess Leia or Minnie Mouse herself! Even the kids can dress up as their favourite superheroes and cartoon characters to have hit our cinema screens.

Full Moon party

It might be too cold to head to the beach and have a real Full Moon party, but you could always host your own Hawaiian-themed Full Moon party at home. If you are a fan of those garish, brightly coloured shirts or you’d love to dance the night away in a sassy grass skirt then get out those cocktail bowls, set up the hulas and have a whale of a time!

Best of British

2012 has been a year to savour for everyone in the United Kingdom. Not only have we experienced a stunning Royal Wedding, London also played host to the Olympic Games in typically British fashion. We have plenty to be proud about little old Blighty so why not celebrate our nation with a Best of British New Year’s Eve party – with patriotic outfits from Beefeater outfits and Queen Elizabeth costumes to Spice Girl outfits and Royal face masks!

Rave-themed party

If you are looking to party on New Year’s Eve until the sun comes up then why not host a rave-themed fancy dress party. Very popular last year, brightly coloured rave-style costumes are the best way to dance your way into 2013. Morph suits prove very popular for dance and rave themed parties as they are not only really cool to look at, they create an air of mystery that is perfect for counting down the minutes.

Mexican mayhem

For a theme idea that can incorporate fantastic party food, music and dancing with verve and passion, look no further than a Mexican themed bash. Whether you opt to look like something out of a spaghetti western or you want to go the whole hog and rock up as a Tequila-popping gringo there are plenty of outfits out there – just don’t forget your sombrero! Mexican food and drink is also perfect for sharing with friends and family so you will be well set to party into the early hours.

What are you waiting for? Select your party theme now and get the party started!