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Review: Limbo

London Wonderground's acrobat super circus returns


Sword swallowing, fire eating, all-singing, all-dancing acrobats. A simple combo, really. Anyone could do it! Anyone with enough superpowers to be in a Marvel comic and a lifetime of blood, sweat and tears, that is.

Limbo is London Wonderground's latest venture, filling the Spiegeltent tent with its super circus until August. Its nine strong team have just come from performances in Sydney, Adelaide, Bagota and Edinburgh, ready to share their dare devil antics with the southbank.

And dare devil it certainly is, with performers embracing dangerous antics just inches from the audience. During the performance GT attended, audience members were left screaming in terror as a baton of flames being juggled on stage slipped from the performer's hands, bouncing off stage and between rows of seating.

This wasn't the only error during the show – there were a handful. But among a series of tricks and treats so exceptional, it's understandable that it won't always go perfectly; and that's half the excitement. In any case, Jenny in Row C probably won't need to Veet this week.

Limbo is as bonkers as it is brilliant. And it's not for the faint hearted. The setting is intimate, and the performance is nerve rattling. But provided you've got the valium to keep you stable for 75 minutes, then this is one of the most exceptional shows you'll see this summer. Dangerous. Outrageous. And brilliantly eccentric.

GT gives it: 4/5

To get tickets, priced from £20, then visit the London Wonderground website.

Words Benjamin Butterworth

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