Last Updated on July 27, 2021
Hotel Paradiso at The Underbelly Festival
After months of Covid misery and being starved of live performance I couldn’t wait to go along to the Underbelly Festival, which this year is centrally located in Cavendish Square just off Oxford Street. I was going to see Hotel Paradiso performed by Lost in Translation, one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies who are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.
Hotel Paradiso directed by Christopher Dingli is a wonderfully entertaining, funny and high-spirited show which is suitable for all the family and showcases a host of masterly, daring and jaw-dropping skills and tricks from the multi-national and multi-talented cast of performers. I went along with 10-year-old Sonny who was utterly aghast at the extraordinary feats they got up to.
This exciting production includes Company Director and Performer, Massimiliano Rossetti and core artist, Roisin Morris, the Guinness World Record holders for most catches on the Korean Cradle – a discipline rarely seen on UK stages. Also performing are Matt Green, Lawrence Swaddle, Tasha Rushbrooke and Annabel Carberry.
Massimiliano Rossetti comments:
We’re so excited to be back on stage with a bang for our 10th anniversary year! At Lost in Translation, we have a deep desire to connect people, communities and cultures through our character-driven theatrical shows and our trademark warm humour. This past year has seen us separated from both our loved ones and what we love doing, so we can’t wait to bring a smile to new audiences across the capital.
The narrative is set at The Hotel Paradiso (think more Faulty Towers than The Ritz here!) This quirky run-down hotel is run by Madame who tragically lost her parents at a tender age and was left to hold the fort alongside the charming concierge and his staff of two, the bellboy and the chambermaid.
However, a villainous banker is scheming to repossess the hotel and the tenants have just 24 hours to save it. In the process, they manage to perform a series of extraordinary acts and amusing capers in and around the hotel in what becomes their physical playground, along with a fabulous soundtrack by renowned composer Peter Reynolds which creates great momentum.
These six highly skilled acrobats tell the story in a series of heart-stopping virtuosic aerial skills, incredible floor acrobatics, juggling and a series of chaotic laugh out loud clowning moments.
My absolute unequivocal favourite act was an amazingly slick hula hoop routine performed by Annabel Carberry as Madame, who is drowning her sorrows in alcohol at the potential loss of the hotel and is trying to pour herself a glass of wine no matter what else she is doing at the same time. Sheer genius!
Tasha Rushbrooke’s chambermaid also impressed with her compelling aerial skills and mindboggling flexibility; one couldn’t help but gasp when she balanced precariously on a high stack of chairs.
It is the women who perform most of the thrills in this show while the men act as bases using their incredible strength to balance their female counterparts, quite often on their heads.
Hotel Paradiso is just what we need after the events of the past 18 months, full of fun, laughter, spectacle and drama. What a delight!
Running time – 65 minutes
Age guidance – 6+
17th July – 5th August 2021
Lost in Translation
London, W1G 0PN