Underbelly Festival is set to return to London this summer with a brand new home in Cavendish Square in the heart of Central London’s Oxford Street District.
Rouge, a ‘Circus for Grownups’, is a glorious night of escapism and joy. The tone is more cheeky than sultry, with the burlesque elements full of fun, and the male performers eagerly becoming the butt of jokes and laughter.
Ready, steady…go! 80 Days, a real-world adventure is an immersive and different treasure hunt by Fire Hazard Games, based on Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days.
If ever a cabaret show was more sexy, bold and as inclusive as Little Death Club is then I have yet to discover it.
Bernie Dieter chatted to LLLC’s Emma Clarendon about Little Death Club, performing as part of the Underbelly Festival.
On the one hand, you might consider Little Death Club as just another late night cabaret show, but on experiencing this extraordinary hour, you see that it really is more than that, something ferociously committed to the spirit of defiance in which this form was birthed.
Little Death Club is a cabaret of the late night variety, a kind of seductive circus of misfits and certainly not for the prudish.
Overall, A Simple Space celebrates the best of circus in a simple, stylish and contemporary way that is thoroughly engaging to watch from beginning to end.
Bohemia is packed full of breathtaking, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat performances – everything you could wish for in a show like this. “The night belongs to us,” sings Miss Frisky during an entertaining finale. It most certainly does.
Metta theatre’s The Little Mermaid at the Underbelly Festival is skilful, charming, and lyrically beautiful in music and movement, economically directed by Burton Morgan.
Every performer displays bucket-loads of charisma, musical talent and quite sublime circus skills in The Little Mermiad. Even if you don’t have a child to entertain, you can’t fail to be utterly entranced by this delightful, splashy sisterhood.
Peepshow is more adult, a shade darker than other productions that I’ve seen before but without losing the overall Circa feel. Atmospheric and exciting, with all the technical prowess expected, this feels like a strong addition to the Circa canon.
There’s a reason Circa is known as the rockstars of the circus world; the company certainly knows how to put on a great show that thrills and entertains.
There is no denying that Circa’s Peepshow is a playful and cheeky show that captures the performers’ talents well – but does it all become slightly tired?
Performer David Trappes spoke to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about appearing in Circa’s Peepshow playing as part of the Underbelly Festival.
Everything about Circolombia feels like a celebration thanks to a strong combination of dancing, music and song mixed with the strength and the versatility of the performers that make for awe-inspiring viewing.
The long-running German production Soap makes a splash on the UK scene this year, performing in the round for the first time, and filling the Underbelly’s stylish Spiegeltent with bathtubs, opera singing, slick acrobatic bodies and classic clowning dressed down in swim cap and galoshes.
Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon spoke to director Felicity Simpson about Circolombia, playing at the Underbelly Festival from the 24 May 2018.
The wonderful circus-theatre production of Circusy Caterpillar is cleverly written and colourful, with a vibrant soundtrack of rock, pop and disco songs that keep the room alive alongside the simple storytelling of mime and rhyming voice-over.
Now in its 10th year along the Southbank, the Underbelly Festival is a highlight of editor Emma Clarendon’s calendar. Here’s five reasons why she loves visiting it each year…
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