On the eve of the referendum election when the UK was buzzing with nervous anticipation we decided to distract ourselves with something so quirky and entertaining that we’ve made it our mission to go back and see it again as soon as possible. I am talking about Barbu, the multi award winning theatre experience that has arrived at London’s Southbank and is headlining London’s Wonderground Festival.
Unfortunately due to it being a very soggy day leading to very limited train services I found myself dodging puddles and umbrellas to make it there at all. Finally I arrived, rather later than planned, at The London Wonderground festival and was soon making my way towards a huge circus tent. I soon found myself fumbling through the darkness of the packed audience to a seat next to Ginnie, my partner in quirky crime, who immediately turned to me and whispered in warning tones ‘This is fucking weird.’
I decided to keep an open mind and let Barbu take me on a journey! Performed by one of the world’s most famous circus companies Canada’s Cirque Alfonse, Barbu is an exciting and enthralling mix of circus acts, dare devilry, comedy and naughtiness performed by a group of (let’s be honest here) pretty god damn sexy men with very impressive beards. From the beginning the show is strange and creepy at times with atmospheric music and videos playing in the background. This is soon broken up by general silliness and quirky, comic performances. The acrobatic feats are so impressive they make you catch your breath at times! By the end we both agreed it was a wonderfully original and highly entertaining experience we will remember for a long time- DEFINITELY check it out!
After the show we wondered out into the evening and had a chance to take in the rest of the surroundings. There is a bar just outside the tent with fairground ride chairs to sit at which enhanced the circus vibe and just round the corner another performance arena with some more bars and some very enticing food stalls.
Feeling naughty we indulged in burgers and nachos before succumbing to the smell of waffles that was drifting our way. I tucked in comforting myself with the thought that one good thing about the rain is being able to put the bikini body goals on hold!
As night closed in we made our farewells and headed off in our different directions. I don’t know about Ginnie but I felt happy that rather than going to sleep with a head full of Brexit related politics I instead drifted off dreaming of acrobatic circus folk, wistful french songs and half naked men with beards.
Make sure you make time this Summer to check out Barbu and Wonderground Festival, there is a fantastic array of quirky shows on. I’m going back to check out more as soon as I possibly can!
Barbu is on at London Wonderground , Southbank Centre from the 15th June until the 25th September 2016.