I love circus. No, I mean REALLY love circus. I even have a penchant for jugglers’ forearms. But I digress. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been delighted to bear photographic witness to heaps and heaps of circus (and a musical with a circus set!). Hippo in mud! (No, there weren’t any actual hippos in mud, just me in seventh heaven).

First up was the opening night for the fabulous Jackson’s Lane’s “Postcards Festival”. This was a veritable smorgasbord of circus and cabaret, ranging from Marawa the Amazing (what she can’t do with hoops, nobody can) and Juicy de Jour (performing very funny, very different burlesque-with-a-twist) to aerial acts Mettatheatre and Collectif and Then, and professional drunk, Bryony Kimmings. Too much to mention individually and at length so suffice it to say that it provided a wonderful taster of the whole festival, which is still running, so do check out the remaining performances at http://www.jacksonslane.org.uk/

Marawa the Amazing

Mettatheatre

Bryony Kimmings

This was the first time I’d had chance to explore this venue (which is shameful, as it’s my nearest theatre!) and it truly is a wonderful venue. The Postcards opening night was held throughout the building, in the foyer, the theatre, the upstairs (mahoosive!) space, which is flanked by the stained glass windows of the old church building, and two other rooms. The audience moved between spaces to witness the performances, being instructed to do so by The Queen for the evening, compere Francesca Martello, who charmingly referred to us as “pheasants” and “objects”, upholding as she did, the very British tradition of having foreign royalty (and the funny  consequences of having English as a second language).

Francesca Martello

Then to the musical with the fabulous circus set design by Tim Goodchild – “The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd” at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre. The first time this musical has been performed in London, it has had great reviews and is selling out so you’d better get in quick before it ends its run! Details here http://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/ Looked fabulous fun from the photocall!

L to R: Oliver Beamish (as Sir), Lucy Watts (as the Kid), and Matthew Ashforde as (Cocky).

Louisa Maxwell (as The Girl) and Matthew Ashforde (as Cocky) with The Urchins (Jennifer Done, Beth Morrissey, Elizabeth Rowden, Tanya Shields, Charotte Silver and Hannah Wilding).

And to (temporarily) finish off the circus theme (temporarily, as there’s still more Postcards Festival to come) last night saw the hilarious, debauched and downright filthy Wau Wau Sisters’ “Last Supper” at Jacksons Lane. They were fabulously funny and superbly  inventive.

Wau Wau Sisters

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