Live Review: Rouge @Underbelly, London

The Rouge show will make you blush!

The Spiegeltent is an institution. The travelling home of some of the world’s most unique circus, comedy and dance acts- the central stage, mirrored ceiling and cosy booths are what cabaret entertaining is made for.

Rouge @Underbelly, London

Heading there to watch Rouge, which is closing the run of the summer at Southbank’s Underbelly Festival, the location just next to the London Eye on a balmy Indian Summer evening could not have been more perfect.

The shows performers were a close knit crew, consisting of Isabel Hertaeg, Liam de Jong, Jessie McKibbin, Lyndon Johnson, Madison Burleigh and Paul Westbrook who surprise and tantalise in equal measure- with a ring leader and class clown.

Coupled with a pumping soundtrack of Jessie J, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande and Shirley Bassey tracks, along with some breathtaking operatic singing by Issie Hart, Paul Westbrook is the biggest show-off, and whips the audience into a frenzy, with his skimpy hot pants and trapeze skills. 

Jessie McKibbin also does well with a whip, as she snaps the stems of flowers, which are placed in some interesting places on her colleagues’ anatomy, and crops up again to juggle with fire, the duo on a trapeze and wow on a Cyr wheel with partner Lyndon Johnson.

Rouge @Underbelly, London

The performances are playful as well as skillful, and there are some moments when you think that they might not succeed- the three chair balancing act that Johnson scaled was nerve-wracking! 

Each act provides a high energy performance, and the troupe rotate seamlessly, so a feat of strength is followed by something more comedic!  

There is adult content (nipples) but the females are spared flashing their lady bits- however, the lampshade man fares rather worse, when his undies are yanked down by the mischievous Westbrook, dressed as a rabbit! 

Rouge @Underbelly, London

For one of the most surreal hours of your life, this show won’t fail to disappoint! It has operatic ballet, a bit of cheeky burlesque, acrobatics, hula hoops and audience participation.

Book for your seat here
28th August – 15th September 2019
http://www.underbellyfestival.com/