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Published by: Trevor Gent on 14th May 2018 | View all blogs by Trevor Gent

My review from Thursday 10th May. Sorry for the delay in posting as unfortunately I have been laid low from food poisoning after eating a burger (something I seldom do and now I know why) on the evening of the show but thankfully I am much better now.

Soap described as a breath-taking fusion of world-class acrobatics and water – bath time will never be the same again! Suitable for all ages... It's good clean circus fun!

Staged in the round as cabaret style entertainment in a tent with a stage adorned with bath tubs. The ensemble opens with the Gnarls Berkeley number ‘Crazy’ and an Opera singer too. Quite an appropriate song as it’s not normally things you associate go together.

This show is a mixture of Cirque du Soleil, meets carry on and Trumpton. Some very clever moves in an out of the bath tubs but not much Soap. However there is water so be warned, a bit like going to see the Killer Whale at SeaWorld, those in the front rows may be get wet. There are comic elements too and the audience is involved on more than one occasion. Some amazing tricks in this show and it keeps you engaged throughout (as there is no interval).

As well as the opening number Soaps live and electric soundtrack includes The Doors, Sia, Tool, Goldfrapp, Beethoven, Mozart and The Beatles - and singing live, is the Soap Opera Diva (Jennifer Lindshield - Carnegie Hall, NYC) – taking singing in the bath to a whole new level.

There is juggling too and even a striptease (a real tease) and a first for me. The lady contortionist was very good but personally something creepy about how they can do those things with their bodies, clever as it is. The Swan Lake number with the boys with just small towels covering their modesty was brilliant.

 

The trapeze finale with water raining down was mesmerizing and beautiful to watch. Brilliant entertainment and the cast mopped up too!

 

Soap continues as part of the Underbelly festival on the South Bank London until the 17th June 2018.

See website for details http://www.underbellyfestival.com

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