conceived and created by Brett Haylock and David Bates.
Roundhouse Chalk Farm Road NW1 8EH To 17 January 2010.
Mon-Thu 8pm Fri & Sat 7pm & 10pm Sun 7pm (27 Dec 10pm also).
no performance 24-25 Dec, 1, 4, 11 Jan.
Runs 2hr One interval.
TICKETS: 0844 482 8008.
Review: Carole Woddis 10 December.
Theatrical heaven in Chalk Farm.
To belong to a clique is to be part of something special. And having experienced La Clique is definitely to have been part of something very special.
La Clique has been created by the producers of The Spiegeltent, a phenomenon in its own right first created 25 years ago. In its first manifestation, La Clique started out earlier this year at the Hippodrome.
A sell-out, it’s now come to roost for Christmas at the Roundhouse. Hard to imagine a better home for this glorious assemblage of circus and burlesque, so ideally does it suit the old train engine’s own `big top’ environment. It’s the most life-enhancing show in London.
Recent years have seen the grandiose Cirque du Soleil re-setting the gold standard in terms of circus skills. La Clique, however, shows that circus can be small, skilful and twice as funny. In keeping too with the history of the Roundhouse, La Clique’s artists, drawn from across the globe, also give a spirit that in its celebration of difference and diversity re-conjures the Roundhouse’s heyday in the 1960’s and ‘70s. Indeed, if the act isn’t more than slightly perverse, then it certainly won’t get a place here.
But this is quirkiness that feeds as well as laughs at itself. Whether it’s trapeze sisters from New York, or a Freddie Mercury lookalike being borne aloft to the swaying accompaniment of Queen anthem `We Are the Champions’; Ursula Martinez doing the most stylish striptease you’ll ever encounter, or gorgeous Gateau Chocolate – a vision of white net loveliness – being hoisted up into the flies on the wave of `We’re Floating in the Air’, it’s a gas from beginning to end.
The humour may be louche, risqué, the sound brassy. But make no mistake. These are performers who from the moment they enter the arena are prepared to exert every sinew to give you a good time, and do it with insouciant skill and generosity.
I can’t remember when I so enjoyed myself. My advice would be just grab a friend or two or three and GO. Nothing else compares or comes even close.
Performers will be chosen from:
Clarke McFarlane; The Skating Willers, Marawa, Le Gateau Chocolat, Ursula Martinez, Carl-Einar Häckner; Meow Meow; Gerry Connolly; The Wau Wau Sisters; Sam Alvarez; Hugo Desmarais.
Lighting: Willie Suddon.