Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Talented Team in the Balance; CIRCUS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Talented Team in the Balance; CIRCUS

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Byline: LYNDSEY WINSHIP

SCOTCH & SODA London Wonderground, SE1 FOR those seeking that festival feeling, an Aussie circus-cabaret at the Southbank's spiegeltent sounds like just the thing. Scotch & Soda is masterminded by circus mistress Chelsea McGuffin and Company 2, who were behind the 2012 hit Cantina. This time her team of acrobats share the stage with the musicians of the Crusty Suitcase Band, playing jazz spiked with funk, klezmer and bluegrass.

They rock a look I'd call grubby Victoriana (part street urchin, part mustachioed ringmaster) and it's more than an affectation -- the show's protagonists are all based on historical circus characters. Sadly, you wouldn't know that from watching them, as only one has much in the way of real character, the singularly monikered Mozes, playing a bearded misfit fond of full-frontal roller skating and hanging from his feet on the static trapeze.

That missed opportunity doesn't dent the quality of the skills on show, particularly the anti-gravity balances of David Carberry and Skip Walker Milne, the former handstanding on a moving bicycle, the latter monkeying up a Chinese pole not attached to the floor as usual (that's for wimps) but balanced precariously on Carberry's shoulder. …

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