“It’s like pole dancing lumberjacks.”
That’s how an audience member described Barbu afterwards, and that’s not too far from the truth; except that it’s better than that, and not just a little bit.
Barbu Electro Trad Cabaret is an entirely new circus concept, which is refreshingly ridiculous and comfortingly casual.
Rather than svelte, sexy, perfect performers, the Barbu team are fabulously imperfect, which makes them entirely sexy.
The team combine comedy, circus tricks and magic with music – they are accompanied by a Canadian electro folk band who play the entire time, complementing the performance and providing energy and intrigue.
The Panama Club at Royal Croquet Club is the perfect venue for shows like this one; the sight-lines are excellent and the stage is a good size.
Projections, and film footage, are displayed on a huge billboard-sized screen, and are beautiful, weird and hilarious, much like the show itself.
There’s acrobatics, magic, clowning, roller skating, singing, pole dancing and vodka shots; it’s so much fun, you won’t want it to end.
4 ½ stars
Barbu is on almost every night of Fringe – book here.
Reviewed by Libby Parker