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Driftwood Review

Throughout summer, the Underbelly Festival showcases some of the best circus, burlesque and comedy acts. One such show is the international circus sensation Casus with their new show Driftwood.

In the last couple of years, there appears to have been an increase in human circus shows where the performers amaze the crowds with feats of strength and agility. Driftwood is another such show, however, it’s so much more. At the start of the show, I must admit I thought ‘ok I’ve seen this before’ but with each new balancing act or show of strength performed on stage I was more and more impressed. Johnny Brown, Jon Bonaventura, Shannon Vitali, Sarah McDougall and David Trappes are mesmerizing on stage and the audience didn’t take their eyes of them during their one hour performance. Driftwood also breaks gender stereotypes with Sarah McDougall being one of the strongest cast members on stage. Her feats of strength and agility are remarkable.L-R Shannon Vitali, Sarah McDougall, David Trappes, Jon Bonaventura & Johnny Brown - Driftwood by Casus - Underbelly Festival Southbank - Photos By Tristram Kenton (117)

There’s no fancy costumes or sets, and the show doesn’t need it. Driftwood is captivating and inventive, even in the quieter aspects of the show. There’s a sense of intimacy to the show and I couldn’t wait to see what the cast did next.Sarah McDougall, Jon Bonaventura, Shannon Vitali, Johnny Brown & David Trappes - Driftwood by Casus - Underbelly Festival Southbank - Photo By Tristram Kenton (159)

Driftwood by Casus is performing until the  4th of June and is a show not to be missed.  Make sure you head along to the Underbelly to witness this show yourself.

Reporter: Tegan LeBon

Performances:             Tuesday – Friday at 7.45pm

Saturday at 4.00pm & 7.30pm

Sunday at 7.30pm

Ticket Prices:               From £10

Box Office:                   03333 444167

Address:                      Underbelly Festival, Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

How To Get There:      The nearest underground stations are Waterloo (on the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines), Embankment (on the Circle, District and Northern lines) and Westminster (on the Circle, District and Jubilee lines). The nearest rail station is Waterloo.


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