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Preview: The Underbelly Festival Southbank 2017

The Underbelly Festival Southbank 2017 is up and running, with a roll call of stellar entertainers taking to the stage before the distinctive purple dome gets dismantled at the end of September.  

And this year’s festival, presented by Hilton, promises to be better than ever, bringing together two slightly smaller offerings – Udderbelly and London Wonderland – into a summer-long, one-stop shop for comedy, circus and variety shows.  

Whatever your tastes, there seems to be something for everyone.  Plus, with free entry into the complex, there are few better spots to enjoy a beer and decent street food in a festival atmosphere, nestled beneath the London Eye and overlooking the splendour of Westminster.

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Category: Comedy
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Birthday Girls: Sh*t Hot Party Legends review

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Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable time at the Fringe than an hour of Birthday Girls’ raucously funny sketches.

From the second you enter the room to find the performers handing out shots, dancing wildly and decorating the audience with glittery makeup, you know that fun’s the aim of the game for the next hour.  Birthday Girls – Rose Johnson, Beattie Edmondson and Camille Ucan – hijack the crowd on their Saturday night out, the basis from which their hilarious sketches spill.  In between, the trio perform amazingly choreographed and suggestive dances – the kind of segues used on TV sketch shows, where they’re surely destined to be.

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Category: Comedy
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Massive Attack at BST Hyde Park, 1st July 2016

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By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park got off to a superb start on Friday with solid performances from Ghostpoet, TV on the Radio and the ever-combative Patti Smith, before headliners Massive Attack took to the stage.  By then, the rainclouds that had earlier brooded and spat dissipated and Bristol’s finest were handed a perfect evening to deliver a typically understated, dark and restless set that tied in perfectly with the prevailing frustration of the times.    

At first glance, BST’s opening line-up looked too diverse: shoehorning rap, indie, folk-rock and trip-hop into a handful of hours.  In the end, it worked perfectly as a powerful message ran through each act.  And if any of the 65,000 present missed it, it was emblazoned onscreen at the evening’s end: despite all the divisive crap going on, “we are in this together”.  

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Category: Dance
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UnCorked Theatre presents ‘How To Solve A Problem Like Murder’

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By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

With How To Solve A Problem Like Murder, UnCorked Theatre delivers one of the most intriguing, voyeuristic and memorable evenings in London right now: a captivating mixture of immersive theatre, murder-mystery and burlesque.  

The second you arrive at the venue – Paradise by way of Kensal Green – you become part of a complex and challenging reality, which claims you until the moment the murderer is finally unmasked.  The onus is on you to select your chief suspects and closely watch what they do and how they do it.  Our advice: get tickets while you can and then keep your wits about you.

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Category: Dance
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Stunning line-up announced for ‘Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’

By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Last night’s Brit Awards 2016 proved a memorable evening for all involved – with Lorde’s moving David Bowie tribute understandably going viral – but especially for the winners, including London’s own Adele.  And three amazing artists who narrowly missed out on the big prizes can console themselves with being part of perhaps the biggest day in London music later this year: Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

BST has announced that its line-up for the opening day on Saturday, 2nd July 2016 will include:

Florence + The Machine – nominated for Best Female Solo Artist and British Album of the Year;

Kendrick Lamar – nominated for Best International Male Solo Artist; and

Jamie XX – nominated for Best Male Solo Artist.

And if that wasn’t enough to get you heading straight for the tickets website, the organisers have confirmed that Blood Orange will also guest that day, with further acts to be announced soon.

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Category: Comedy
Beyond Bollywood. London Palladium.
Beyond Bollywood. London Palladium.

Beyond Bollywood: An authentic Indian production full of talent but lacking in narrative

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Renowned Indian director and choreographer Rajeev Goswami’s has attempted to bring the vibrant sounds, colours and atmosphere of India to the West End in this new production at the London Palladium. However, despite the innovative dances, chorus of traditionally produced songs, Beyond Bollywood is in drastic need of a narrative. There is no doubt that with 45 dancers, technicians and musicians from India, that Beyond Bollywood is nothing more than an authentic production, but this lavish spectacle is let down by a poor script, which lets down what could have been a perfect summer smash.

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Category: Dance
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Fantastic dance version of Romeo and Juliet – a must see!

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Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, has been revived with 21st century dance music and Vivaldi’s classics. Artistic Director Rasta Thomas and Choreographer Adrienne Canterna did a really good job and take you from the 16th century to the present with a cast of virtuosic dancers.

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Category: Dance
Pilobolus' Shadowland at the Peacock Theatre
Pilobolus' Shadowland at the Peacock Theatre

Shadowland: An acrobatic triumph of dance

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Showing until 30 March 2014 at the Peacock theatre, Shadowland is an immersive, smart, ingenious blend of live-acting and human shadow-puppetry. The American Pilobolus Dance Theatre shows us exactly that there is more to a shadow than meets the eye. This is a clever production, where the mastery of shadow-play is not only clearly evident, but is taken to the very edge of can be achieved through this medium. Shadowland transplants you into a world where reality and illusion clash through the entwining of bodies. However, you’re left feeling, that though the performance was faultless, the story somewhat let down what otherwise was a thoroughly immersive show.

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Category: Dance