A contortionist caught inside the confines of a golden bowl is the acrobatic introduction to Boudoir Circus’ heart-in-the-mouth extravaganza at Spiegeltent Canary Wharf .
Things are set to heat up from there inside the dome, which will arrive in Canada Square Park in September. Visitors feel the fire from Boudoir Circus’ flame throwers while hula hoopers, aerial strap acts and a handstand pro wait in the wings.
After wowing the crowds last year, organiser Aircraft Circus’ choreographer, co-director and performer Lucy Francis said the programme had been freshened up.
She said: “The bowl is so when people come into the tent there’s then the atmosphere of ‘oh, we’re in a circus’.”
“And we’ve now got a chain act – someone hanging from and wrapped up in chains – so it’s rather painful.
“We do like to push the boundaries of the crowd. We like to entertain and we want people to enjoy it and have fun.”
With acts including Lucy’s double-hoop lesbian show and a dark theme with dominatrix tones, she admits things take on a sexually suggestive air.
It’s something that might have caused a few red-faced moments for teenagers at Boudoir’s last show – but this one will has a 16-plus age limit.
“What we do is a bit sexy, it’s a bit risque but it’s all done in a very tasteful way,” said the 38-year-old.
Lucy said the Speigeltent – Dutch for “mirror tent” – was the ideal, intimate space for her show.
“It’s great – it’s probably one of our favourite venues as you’re so close to the audience.
“So many times we do big shows and we’re a dot in the arena and the audience are miles away.
“In the Spiegeltent the flame throwers are two metres away from the audience – they can feel the heat of the fire on their face. People pick up the vibes of the show and feel like they are part of it.”
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FIVE OTHER SHOWS TO SEE.
Speigeltent Canary Wharf will offer a packed schedule for adults, children and families, September 10-20.
Here’s our pick of the five must-see shows.
1. Peggy Sued’s Variety Pack, September 10, 8pm.
It’s opening night and this Las Vegas veteran has arrived in Canary Wharf with a host of variety acts.
There’s comedy magician Pete Firman, a fusion of tweed and beats from Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer juggling from Rod Laver and nail-biting stunts from acrobatic hand balancer, Felipe Reyes.
And if you fancy something a little more saucy, ravishing burlesque bombshell Sophia St Villier is on hand for further entertainment.
Price £15, aged 16 or more.
2. Daniel Sloss - Dark, September 18, 7.30pm.
He’s been branded “half-man, half X Box” so find out just what that means.
The hit comedy will arrive straight from the Edinburgh Fringe crammed with witty, charming and razor sharp quips.
Tickets £15.50, aged 16 or more.
3. Family Rave with Big Fish Little Fish, September 12, 2pm.
Rave with your brood as DJ Camanda leads an afternoon party of music, dance and play.
Show off fancy footwork – or embarrass the kids with a dad dance – on the show’s multi-sensory dance floor experience or how your creative side with craft activities instead.
4. The Nest Collective House Ceilidh Band, September 11.
The capital’s freshest ceilidh band will be forging folk music with routines for their take on the classic dance.
Grab a partner and head to the tent for some tradition with a twist and shake it out to the sounds of seven-piece band, Gabby Young and Other Animals.
£15, aged 14 or more.
5. Gingerbread Icing Masterclass, September 14. From 11am.
Expert biscuiteer Serena Montesissa will lead workshops on how to decorate the biscuits using professional techniques.
The top design will be part of an Edible Piano installation to be displayed on the estate throughout the month.