In the heart of South London’s thriving culture scene every summer, Underbelly has become a prominent venue for all things fringe. I’m here on a glorious spring evening to see Transit, a show from the circus troupe, FLIP Fabrique, writes Christopher Peacock.
With help and support from the Québec Government Office, the troupe has performed all over the world. This current run of Transit is in London for a stint before transferring up to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival. The show itself has all the makings of a great night’s circus entertainment, the ability to weave circus skills into a narrative that shows off the performers abilities and comic play. It is packed with circus craft, from ring work, juggling, acrobatics, air straps and even trampo-wall. Many of the feats of strength and control absolutely amaze, however, it is the diabolo work from Jérémie Arsenault that really blew me away. It was a flawless and captivating display of diabolo skill.
The performance was not without errors, though. A few dropped batons and tied up skipping ropes took the shine off the show. Some errors you can put down to opening night pressure and lack of time working in the space, but at times you could see the energy levels and focus drop. Nevertheless, I know that with more performances you will see this show only getting better as it becomes slicker. With humour throughout and a snappy running time of 1 hour it makes excellent entertainment for all the family.
Underbelly Festival, Southbank, London, SE1 8XX until 7th July. Times: 7.30pm weekdays, 2.30pm Saturday matinees, 6pm weekend. Admission: £15 Previews, £19.50 Weekday performances, £22.50 Weekend performances. Phone: 0333 344 4167