We got there quite early to pick up our tickets, and went into Wonderground before the show started. It’s like a 1920’s circus ground, with deckchairs to sit on, a Pimm’s shed, amazing food, a rollercoaster, a terrifying ‘Star Spinner’ ride and circus performers walking around eating fire. Later on in the evening there was a band playing on the bandstand in the middle. It was fantastic.
As for the show, though, it was utterly brilliant. Opening with tightrope walking in six inch sparkly stilettos, Cantina is a vintage-style circus show, set in a 1920’s Spiegeltent. The performers wore depression-era outfits, and the show went from Charleston dancing to fistfights, with aerial acrobatics, nudity and a lot of flexibility in between. The music is perfect, and I really wish I’d bought a CD when we came out! I really can’t recommend it enough, and if you can get to the Southbank before the 30th September, when the run ends, definitely go.
Tickets start at £15, but it’s strictly over-18’s, so not one for the kiddies!
After Cantina, we went on the rollercoaster (I’m not allowed to post the HILARIOUS photo we had taken halfway round anywhere on the internet, so you will have to imagine our terrified faces), and then we went to the sideshow where we saw the Space Cowboy‘s sword swallowing. Admittedly, most of it was watched through my fingers.
All in all, it was a brilliant night, and now I wish I was an aerial acrobat. xx