THEATRE: Barbu

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I challenge anyone to find a show more daring, more silly, more sexy than Barbu and I good luck to those who tries as there aren’t be many shows that can top it on those fronts.

Barbu is a cabaret show taking place at the annual London Wonderground, London’s bastion of cabaret, circus and burlesque and alternative comedy venue on the Southbank performed by the Cirque Alfonse circus company from circus powerhouse Quebec, Canada.

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It’s a 1 hour and 15 minute long show of witty skits, death-defying stunts, jaw-dropping  acrobats, all to a backdrop of heart-thumping music scores. Roughly, it charts the history of Canadian circus acts from Canada all the way to modern day which gives Barbu scope to perform a huge variety of acts from the hat juggling to acrobats. While some of the acts at the beginning of the show may be a little familiar, it’s no less mesmerising and Barbu really starts to shine when the cabaret kicks in injecting personality to the show. There’s aren’t many shows where performers beards are so well-groomed, involves a cask of beer spraying everywhere or a ball strapped to a chest whilst performing acrobats at dizzying velocity. It’s witty, fun, and unapologetically revels in its silliness.

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I’ve seen many risque cabaret shows in my time, but this is one of the few that had me gripped with awe for pretty much every act. It’s naughty and guiltily fun. For those susceptible to a bit of silliness blended with edge-of-your-seat stunts, wits and fab music, then this is a must-see. Hurry though, as it’s London only the 25th September 2016.

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