One of the things on our 'to do' list, whilst in Siem Reap, was to attend a performance by the well known Phare Circus. This is an amazing night out- the young performers use theatre, music, dance and modern circus acts to tell stories, that are uniquely Cambodian. The circus performed its first show in 2013, transforming the lives of Cambodian youth.
These youth have come from some of the most difficult social and economic backgrounds imaginable.
The circus operates under an innovative social enterprise model, working alongside the NGO school and professional arts training centre. They have given young people an opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of their family and community.
We arranged our tickets from an agency near Pub Street and after some discussion, we elected to go for the 'middle of the road' priced tickets, which was the seating directly facing the stage. Now that we have been, we both agree that any seats would have been fine, as the actors and performers were constantly moving around.
These young performers were amazing, full of energy and vibe with plenty of humour thrown in. The shows are changed weekly, so we were really pleased to have seen-
'Same same but different', a hilarious look at how tourists are viewed by the average Cambodian.
There were plenty of oohs and aahs, as the young performers went through their paces without safety nets or any form of safety equipment. I have to admit to closing my eyes a couple of times, I was so worried!!
The performance went for an hour and it was one of the best things we have seen. Mr Wombat and I perused the souvenir shop as we were leaving, making a small purchase to help support one of the great success stories of Siem Reap. Our tuk tuk driver was waiting for us, and we were glad to jump in as it was drizzling. He drove very carefully back to our hotel and we enjoyed recapping on a memorable evening. Our tickets cost $25 each which was good value we thought, however, if you are on a tighter budget, the side seats were cheaper.