Review: Friday Night Freakshow - London Wonderground ✭✭✭✭

Friday Night Freakshow
London Wonderground

Review by Unsa Chaudri

Each time I visit the Udderbelly I am taken aback by how aptly it fits in with the surroundings, as though it has always belonged to the family of the Southbank. Tonight, I would be reviewing Friday Night Freakshow.

I arrived in good time, which meant I was near the front of the queue, though some were so desperate to get in, they ran, yes ran, as soon as the doors opened, even though they were fifth in the queue – an omen of things to come?

Once inside we chose our seats, close to stage, which was placed in the middle with a 360 view – whoever would be performing tonight would need to perform to an audience at all angles – not the easiest task.

First to the stage was Tempest Rose, our compere for the evening. Dressed in burlesque, with an attitude to match, Tempest Rose was witty, funny and loved by the audience.

She introduced the So & So Circus acrobats, who amazed the audience with their flexibility and ability to move effortlessly from one stance to another.

Glenn Wool, a Canadian stand-up comedian, was the next act. He was funny, a bit risqué and generally enjoyable to watch.

Craig Reid aka the Incredible Hula Boy was the closing act of the first half. Just as amazing as before, he was able to stun the audience with his skill. Even though I had seen him perform last week, I still found his act unbelievable – how does he do it!

After the break Tempest Rose was back on stage. This time she introduced Carey Marx, a British comedian. Marx took to the stage with a drink in hand and like good British comedy, Marx was quirky and dry - the audience loved it.

The penultimate act was Pippa Evans as one of her well-known characters Loretta Maine, an American singer-songwriter with issues. Loretta Maine performed a few songs with her guitar, then ran off the stage skipping and acting quite eccentric.

EastEnd Cabaret were the final act of the night. Singers, entertainers, comediennes, they have it all. The duo, comprised of Jennifer Byrne as Bernadette Byrne and Victoria Falconer-Pritchard as Victor Victoria, were original, cheeky and fun to watch. We were only given a glimpse of what they are capable of but they were a great act to close the night.

All of the acts were enjoyable, some more so than others, but that is the beauty of a performance such as this. It caters for different tastes and you probably will find something you love. I found a few!

Four Stars ✭✭✭✭