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Cantina Circus - Udderbelly Festival 2012

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by Aimee Lewis (subscribe)
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Situated in a temporary big top tent in the Uderbelly festival complex on London's South Bank, Cantina is a show that mixes circus and burlesque. Performed by Australian circus artists from Circa, La Clique, Acrobat and Circus Oz, Cantina is fresh from tours of Australia and Europe.

Cantina performers
They can wiggle willies, climb ropes and even walk on broken glass


The show starts with a dance. So far so wartime. It all gets a bit more exciting when a tightrope is set up and we see a female performer take to the wire in ridiculously high glittery heels. She later uses those heels to climb all over a man in his underpants. What else is there? Well there's a very bendy woman doing a floppy doll impression for a long time, a man who wiggles his willy while doing magic tricks, a woman who walks on wine bottles and some really impressive antics with rope climbing. There is also some walking on broken glass which we found pretty hard to watch at times. The review from my group was mixed but largely positive. Especially from the women who found the male performers rather attractive. Yes, it's over 18s only so not one for all the family.

In order to get the best experience, get a ringside ticket, or book in a group. As a group of 6 we were could take a tabled booth at the back which made us feel a little bit special compared to all the fold up chairs beneath. Booths hold up to 10 people.
Booth at Cantina
Our group in a show-like mood in a booth at Cantina. Jazz hands everyone!


Late admissions are only allowed in after the first act and, although there is a bar, you need to buy your drinks beforehand. There is a charming area outside the tent that looks like the wild west which is good for a drink. Grab a seat in a waltzer or bumper car. The show runs from 8th May to the 30th September 2012.
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Why? To see some wink wink circus.
When: Most evenings.
Phone: 08445458252
Where: Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Cost: 15
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