Thursday, 6 July 2017

Chapter 201: Postcards Festival Finale - SHHH!

"Acclaimed circus blogger Lucy Loves Circus returns to Postcards with a specially curated night of spectacle and surprise. From burlesque to boxing: expect nothing but the unexpected from this festival finale." Jacksons Lane

SHHH! is back this year with our fabulous MCs and co-creators, Cirque de Soleil clowns Sean Kempton and Michaela O'ConnorSean’s solo show Stuff is part of Postcards Festival this year and Michaela, also a trapeze artist extraordinaire, created the stunning triples trapeze show HattieWe have a whole new cast this year and a terrific line-up, so, introducing our kooky, oddball, playful circus family, drum roll please...

Jair Ramirez is well-known as a leading straps aerialist from Circolombia, winner of the Judge's Award Circus Maximus in 2016He is also something of a clown, as you will find out in Sugarman on 13 July (see previous post), and an all-rounder with a circus skill that I find particularly terrifying to watch.

I met Sam Goodburn a couple of years ago down an alleyway round the corner from Stratford Circus a couple of years ago, casually unicycling on a tightwire while juggling. He was winner of the Audience Award for Circus Maximus in 2016,  which has led to the development of his solo show Dumbstruck which has just had its debut and heads to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. 

Sophie Page Hall and Will Davis are record-breaking, prize-winning aerialists: Sophie took part in a Guiness world-record breaking challenge on aerial silks and Will won the UK competition Circus Maximus in 2014 and UK Aerial Performance Championship in 2016. As partners in rope they have performed in festivals all over the UK and Europe, and most recently in Hangwire at Jacksons Lane last weekend.

Michael Standen is an extraordinary handbalancer who has a wicked cabaret act in what has been described "a rather risqué number where he proceeds to show off jaw-dropping feats of gymnastic ability." (Narcmagazine)

Bringing her own touch of magic to the evening is Soulnia, who I met while training in aerial at Freedom2Fly. Soulnia is a Spanish magician - the eagle-eyed may recognise her from the sleight of hand in the latest Rimmel advert - and professional dancer for the likes of Pharrell Williams and Rihanna and Jax Jones. High energy and lots of fun, you won't believe your eyes, but that's half the fun...

Finally, promising a knock-out performance we have strongwoman Betty Bedlam who I met at a Box Bitch! night at a gym in Fulham (see post - click here), where she taught us to swing our hips to deliver a belter of a blow as much as a shimmy.  As well as a burlesque dancer, Betty is a boxer and you can see for yourself at Wandsworth Civic Suite on Saturday 15 July. 

And if that's not enough to leave you punchdrunk, not only have Jacksons Lane extended the festival, they have extended the late night bar licence and we now have it until 1am people! So come and join us: SHHH! Saturday,  29 July, 8pm and book your tickets here:

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