★★★★★ | Limbo, London Wonderground
Witness heart-stopping illusions, mind-bending manoeuvres, breath taking dance moves and thrilling live music from a coterie of highly skilled international performers. A summer celebration of otherworldly proportions: welcome to the greatest party ever between heaven and hell.
If you’re expecting light circus tricks with cheesy grins and fluffy plinky-plonky music then you’re going to be disappointed. Instead you get sweaty muscled bodies, sinister tunes and tongue in cheek dark high camp. Expect to be on the edge of your seat, gasping in shock and feeling slightly frisky as you witness some beautiful people doing some death defying stunts. Sword swallowing, balancing acts, contortionism and aerial displays may be old hat but not when they’re performed with such panache and verve that there’s a whole new spin on it.
The choreography is superb, the tone hits the right pitch and the atmosphere is electric. I’m not normally a person who gets carried away with the moment (inner monologue and intrusive thoughts: think Woody Allen but more camp) but this is a spectacle that drags you along with it and you wonder how the time went so quickly. Plus, you get to sit inside the gorgeous Spiegeltent on the Southbank; once home to legends like Dietrich, Coward and Garland.
This pumping, dirty, beast of a show is a must see. Did I mention that the boys are gorgeous?
Limbo runs until the 17th of August
Chris is a theatre and book obsessed Midlander who escaped to London. He’s usually to be found slumped in a seat in a darkened auditorium.