I basically live in Southbank and know it back-to-front. From the moment I step out of Waterloo station and head towards the river, it feels like my second home. From all the classical music concerts I've enjoyed in the Royal Festival Hall, the street performers opposite the London Eye, that skate cave, the food markets on the weekends or even the film screenings at BFI, the place is heaving with things to do whatever your age.
One place that I'm no so familiar with is the Udderbelly Festival that takes place near the river every summer.
I remember seeing a show called "Brazil" Brazil!" a few years ago but the event has really upped its game since then with a beautiful circus tent for more variety shows including the Metta Theatre's Jungle Book.
The Jungle Book. Everyone knows Kipling's story of Mowgli and Baloo, but this version is like no other. The show is a mixture of British urban culture (street dance, spoken word poetic narration and incredible circus tricks.)
In this adaptation, Mowgli is a young girl in trying to survive in an urban jungle and Baloo is a bin man. Snakes are pole dancers, sliding up and down lampposts with jaw-dropping moves. Other animals like wolves and vultures are represented by stunning acrobatic skills and street dances, all tied nicely with great music, beautiful spoken word and excellent choreography.
No wonder the place was packed! This is the first show I have seen this year that has had a full-house audience. It is because it is great for children, but also leaves their parents wanting more.
"For the voiceless, be the voice. For the choiceless, be the choice."
- I don't know why that one line from the show stuck with me, but it did and I'm glad it did.
It's not every day you step out of a show vowing to take up pole dancing and circus performing, but there you go. My sister and I loved it and with a packed circus tent full of clapping and cheers, all the little kids and their parents enjoyed it too.
After the show, there's plenty to do along the Southbank (as mentioned above) or even over the Thames and across the bridge towards Embankment. It's a perfect day out.
Many thanks to the Southbank Centre for the invitation.
In this venue from Sat 13th Aug to Sun 28th Aug and you their show trailer HERE.