Scotch and Soda at London Wonderground

Well I think I’ve found out who’s responsible for the prosecco shortage,and it’s not who you might expect. Empty bottles of the stuff are used in abundance in just a few of the many awe inspiring stunts from the crazy lot behind Scotch and Soda. Walking across the top of opened bottles, no problem! Don’t try this at home kids…in fact don’t bring your kids to this show. **Warning, contains explicit content, more of that later.

Now in it’s fourth year the London Wondergound is becoming a staple of summer in the capital, alongside it’s older brother, the Udderbelly. A stunning location, decent food and drink and a solid circus line up guarantees visitors a good time, and along I went to the Spiegeltent to check out the new residence in town.

Scotch & Soda  Photo-Sean Young

Scotch & Soda Photo-Sean Young

You may be familiar with the Australian circus troupe in question who have previously brought Cantina, La Clique and Cirque to the UK. Scotch and Soda is their latest creation and as usual, there are stunts and interesting props a plenty.  As with previous shows of theirs (Cantina), the plot of Scotch and Soda is thin, but then I don’t really go for the plot. I wanna see tricks!

And on this front I was not disappointed, from the aforementioned bottle tricks to those involving up to three people on one bike circumventing the central circular stage to incredible acts of balance a top numerous stacked suitcases descending in size.  There were gasps audience wide and much deserved applause.  At certain points you have to question the performer’s sanity, namely in stunts involving hanging from a swinging rope relying on the body fold from the hips to stay on, and some incredible pair work on the trapeze which saw a couple connected at the head, more swinging and only one of them hanging on to the apparatus.

Scotch & Soda   Photo-Sean Young

Scotch & Soda Photo-Sean Young

If like me you’re a fan of acrobatics and incredible stunts this is a must visit show. There’s filler of course and the weak plot I mentioned but if you can look past that you’ll get to enjoy some really talented gymnasts.  I should also mention the Crusty Suitcase Band, who provide great music throughout, adding even more tension at key points.

As for the explicit content, I’ll let you see for yourself, wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.

Scotch and Soda are at the London Wonderground until 2nd August.

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