Roll Up, Roll Up – The Circus comes to Leicester Square:
La Soirée’s spectacular Circus has come back to its original landing place after three years on the Southbank, Its re-found home is in a glorious tent right in the heart of Leicester Square. In amongst the bustling crowds, in the build up to Christmas lies the opportunity to experience an evening away from the norm, one that will have you gasping in amazement, wincing in horror, and laughing all the way home.
No longer is circus for the mild hearted, my childhood memories of slapstick clowns and animals jumping through hoops are thankfully a thing of the past. These are purely human feats, performed with enormous talent and a sense of humour by artists whose dedication to their art is nothing short of astounding.
A modern day Ringmaster opens the show, clad in red latex is the stunningly beautiful, steamy and sensational songstress Alantha Lang from New Orleans, who wows the crowd with her powerhouse vocals and high-octane performance.
Then two ‘English Gents’ (Denis Lock and Hamish McCann) take the stage clad in commuter attire, they perform inconceivable feats of strength and balance whilst casually reading the newspaper. The routines are set to music, in this case Vivaldi, which complements perfectly the beautiful transitions and geometrics. Much to the audience’s delight the talented pair throw off their suits to reveal two of the best six packs I have ever seen, leaving the audience whooping with pleasure, and then go on to further promote the British card in their final routine to the soundtrack of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.
Denis Lock later took my breath away with his captivating bubble-blowing act, which created an absolute sense of wonderment, by producing something so perfect, fleeting and fragile, enough to make anyone want to study to become a bubble artist in order to amaze friends and family.
Vegas couple aka Daredevil Chicken set a very different feel to the show with their raucous comedy, vaudevillian verve and matrimonial mischief. I was rather grateful at this point not to be sitting in the front row as their somewhat less savoury, juggling and regurgitation trick over-spilled onto an unlucky few who happened to be in their line of fire!
Each act was as individual and as fabulous as the next, the wonderful Olivia Porter, who presented with a beautifully affected innocence, seemed to juggle with her feet and every imaginable part of her body whilst creating an offbeat comedic persona, whilst Satya Bell took hula-hoops to a whole new level, at one point she was spinning 14 hoops!
I watched in horror when the entertaining modern day, Norwegian clown Captain Frodo, with his remarkably dry humour, contorted his body into such horrifying shapes, literally by dislocating his joints, I had to cover my eyes on several occasions, as it was genuinely too awful to watch. However, the lithe Jarred Dew was an enthralling aerialist quickly followed by David Girard with an unusual act using an extraordinary circular contraption, which revolves and rotates as he showcases some pretty spectacular moves.
But last or not least was the magnificent Ursula Martinez, who it was announced at the grand age of 50 is hanging up her clogs. She is a renowned writer and performer and pioneer of the London cabaret scene, whose brilliant singing and comedy act was not only funny but also remarkably clever and topically spot on. She finished the show with a tantalising striptease act, which left her stark naked, a brave feat for any woman of fifty, but with her remarkable body and great verve she carried it off with aplomb.
I have to say I had given up going to the circus years ago, but this year I have seen three very different modern circus shows all of which have reintroduced me to this truly fantastic art form, which brilliantly combines theatre and entertainment. My visit to La Soirée has confirmed this new love. So if you’d like a proper night out this Christmas in a tent which hosts a bar and a space intimate enough to always feel in the thick of the entertainment, I can thoroughly recommend a trip down to Leicester Square.
New Year’s Eve, La Soiree are offering a great night out:
Ready to bid adieu to the crazy year that was 2016? The jaw-dropping cabaret sensation La Soirée has thrown open its doors for New Year’s Eve, inviting guests to join the party for a big, raucous welcome to 2017. New Year’s Eve tickets include the full show, an after-show party with DJs and some very special surprise acts throughout the evening. With a gorgeous line-up of old friends, new faces and the crème de la crème of twisted cabaret entertainers from around the world, La Soirée promises an unforgettable night of thrills, shocks, laughter and disbelief – there is simply no better place to celebrate.