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Longing for the heat of a warm fire to fend off the summer chill?

Then head off to the Southbank’s Wonderground where a ringside seat in the Spiegeltent will bring you close enough to feel the flames before they’re extinguished between the open lips of a diminutive, tattooed fire-eater. She swallows swords, too, so this isn’t a show for the fainthearted.

The bruised legs of an aerial chains artist bear witness to the sometimes wayward nature of the boleadoras (a weighted throwing weapon of interconnected cords) which she wields provocatively in this 75 minute show of thrills (but hopefully no spills) accompanied by versatile musicians and electric-acoustic oriented composer and singer Sxip Shirey.

There’s a niftily athletic tap dancer, a macabre contortionist (Jonathan Nosan) who makes you question which way round he should actually be, a flirty French guitarist (Mikael Bres) who plays with a feather as he zooms down the Chinese pole, and a totally ripped Russian (Danik Abishev – a finalist in 2009’s Australia’s Got Talent) with a breathtaking hand-balancing routine carried out behind bars of light.

Fun, cheeky and with a touch of dusty darkness, it’s just a shame that the intensity sustained throughout this gravity defying show finally drops just before it ends.

Priceless London Wonderground, Southbank Centre
Tube | Waterloo
Until 29th September£10 -  £50 

Photographer: David Solm


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