How do you top a show that features sword-swallowing, fire-eating, acrobatics, beatboxing and magic, all set to a foot-stomping gypsy jazz soundtrack? For the programmers at the London Wonderground Spiegeltent, you don’t – you simply put it on again.
Since last summer’s run at the venue, the nine-strong troupe of musicians, acrobats and assorted life-riskers behind ‘Limbo’ have been to Edinburgh, Sydney, Adelaide and Bagota, and the result is a production that’s tighter than a hipster’s chinos. Just as well really, since this is the sort of show where much of the action takes place mere inches from the faces of the audience, and where a missed cue can leave you with a spare seat in the tour bus.
Not that you’d get that impression from the first five minutes. The show starts gently enough with a wince-inducing sequence from contortionist Jonathan Nosan, as sunglass-wearing ringmaster and musician Sxip Shirey lays on an equally uncomfortable soundtrack. From here the tone lightens and the pace accelerates exponentially, through breakneck tap-dancing, hand balancing, Chinese pole climbing and a breathtaking finale that’s too good to spoil. The tempo inevitably dips between acts as sets are shifted and paraffin mopped up, but even then musical skits and clowning means the audience isn’t left to thumb through their programmes.
A more robust narrative and less familiar costumes are perhaps the only things missing, but then this is undeniably a show that’s all about the spectacle. And if you don’t find yourself short of breath at least once during its hour-and-a-bit duration, there’s really no hope for you.
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Excellent multi talented cast & band! Loved the funky tuba, beat boxing, accordian music & all the acts were great, way too difficult to pick a favourite! Loved it! Consider paying a little extra for tickets so you don't have to join the massive queue outside..
Loved it! High energy, loads of fun, amazing feats and strength and skill and all accompanied by excellent music. From the start, you just get right into it and it's a full-on circus experience but without any of the cheesiness. It's scary, exciting, funny, impressive, lively and really well put-together. Highly recommended.
This is one of the best shows I've seen in London this year and well worth the ticket price. The show starts off with a contagious energy, which carries through right until the end putting a smile on your face for the rest of the evening. The circus acts which resulted in lots of crowd pleasing ooohs and ahhhs and the odd gasp at the freakishly flexible contortionist. The circus acts mixed with burlesque and comedy kept you fixated for the entire hour and half show. There is a brilliant live band that plays throughout the show and keeps the upbeat rhythm to the show flowing. The venue is great, although pretty tricky to find and the lack of 3G / phone signal made it pretty tricky to ring for directions! It's tucked away, sort of set back from the south bank, wedged between the London Eye and South Bank Centre, directly next to the The Ride Emporium.