The return of the South Bank’s Spiegeltent marks another summer of circus and cabaret at London Wonderground. I went to see the opening show, The Raunch, which promised cabaret stars, exciting performances and circus tricks. Unfortunately I was disappointed.
The show, which took place in the round, had a great deal of potential: the venue has a fantastic atmosphere and there was certainly a variety of acts to help prevent boredom.
Sadly, some of the performances were almost amateurish, with whip-cracking and knife-throwing two of the skills that weren’t performed particularly well. There were exceptions – the performance on the cyr wheel really stood out, and the laser acrobatics act was hugely entertaining (though I’m not quite sure what it had to do with the Wild West theme), and it’s a shame because if all of the acts had been up to that standard it could have been a brilliant show. It all seemed rather under-rehearsed.
There wasn’t much of a storyline, and I didn’t particularly care about any of the “characters”. Overall, I can’t really say that I enjoyed this show, though it had glimpses of brilliance and could have been so much more.