Recently I was invited by friends to attend a show at a theatre but it was not the normal type of show, this was something different, held at the beautiful Hackney Empire.
The show I went to see was called The Circus of Horrors 'THE ASYLUM' , this show has been going for a number of years and it was touring the country again with only 2 dates in London, I thought why not! I have never seen this show before plus its a chance to see the Hackney Empire beautiful interior.
The theatre is located in the borough (بلدية) of Hackney, so I drove there with my friends, we got there at 7:30 found a single yellow line to park the car, walked in and got seated, the first thing I noticed was how close we were to the stage, great seats then I started to take in the beautiful interior of the place, I tried taking few pictures before the show but it was dark so the quality of the pictures is not that good, of course once the show started we were not allowed to take any pictures.
This part of London is well known for its gang wars and shootings, in fact only in the past few months, 3 teenagers have been stabbed, 2 of them have lost their lives so I thought it was a bad taste for the show to start with a black man running in the isle towards the stage with a gun shouting and shooting, for a second I thought what if this was real!! I think many people thought the same, anyway bad taste was the theme of this show. It was basically a freak show full strange and weird people, there was a dwarf doing all sorts of weird things to himself then this girl put her tongue on a wooden board and just hammered a nail throught it then a man started inserting skewers through piercings in his face and nose, that was the part that nearly freaked me out, he even hung a heavy load through a piercing in his nose, ouuuuuuuuuch! check the pictures on the Gallery page of their website. The show was accompanied by a rock band that was playing loud hard rock music, it made the show more intersting and enjoyable, a bit like The Rockey Horroro Show, there was fire eaters, sword swallowers, people walking on nails and fire and so on, the show was about an hour and a half long, I enjoyed it, it was freaky but funny at the same time, what I didnt like about it was the long time devoted to normal trapeze & acrobat which you see in normal circuses and is plain normal.
Of course the horrors of this show did not prepare me for the horror of all horrors, The Mother of all Horrors! As we left the theatre and walked towards the car, I could see that the street were I parked was looking very empty, no cars, not even my car! where the hell is my car?? I thought it was stolen as I didnt think that I committed a parking offence, it was on a single yellow line after all! after making few calls, I found out that it was not stolen but taken to the car pound because I committed a major parking offence by parking in an area with parking restrictions until 11:00 pm, of course the fact that there was no signs or anything to warn people coming from other boroughs did not matter, it was getting late and I could not release my car as I didnt have my car documents on me so ended up going home by public transport, next morning I had to travel miles to get to the car pound, release my car after paying £260, all I can say is, Shame on Hackney Council for trapping motorists in their streets and making them pay so much money, parking laws have become crazy in London and what is legal in the whole of the country and some London boroughs is not legal in other London boroughs.