Saucy, seductive circus fun at Black Cat Cabaret (Underbelly Festival, South Bank)

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Posted by May B on Saturday 3rd of June 2017

There’s always something fun at the Underbelly Festival on the South Bank and this year is no exception.

The Black Cat Cabaret comprises camp comperes, nearly naked dancers, stunning aerial acrobats, drunken orgasmic opera singers, seductive fire-eaters, illuminated jugglers, musical mime artists, shadow puppets, coked-up ballerinas and even can-can dancers. Spangles, sparkles and sex. It’s strictly for adults only and certainly not for prudes.

There’s something for everyone – whether male, female, totally gay or not too sure about anything. The troupe appears to have as much fun as the audience and anything goes. There are electrifying thrills aplenty.

The show starts late (930pm) in the smaller Spiegeltent (capacity 500) which is a dark, intimate circus tent with a central raised platform surrounded by Pierrot-like globes of soft light. But the audience is absolutely a part of the innuendo-filled teasing and up-front flirtations of the performers.

90 minutes of pure delight, deliciously naughty laughs and breath-taking acts. All immersed in atmospheric traditional French cabaret music one minute and the pounding, throaty beats of club music the next.

If you don’t manage to catch one of the remaining shows before 22nd September (tickets £22.50-£27.50) then you could try Burlesque-fest “Between the sheets” featuring Miss Polly Rae for similar titillation. Or perhaps a show from one of the performers – like “And the little one said” featuring the dark clowning of an attractive Australian hoop artist.


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