★★★★★ Little Death Club at Underbelly Festival

★★★★★ Little Death Club at Underbelly Festival

Little Death Club is an unmissable apocalyptic extravaganza!

Little Death Club | Until 23 June 2019 | Underbelly Festival, Waterloo | From £21.50

London is on fire this spring with the most fun show in town, Little Death Club. Taking its cues from Weimar Berlin, freakshows and the most spectacular circus, the show is a must-see on the South Bank.

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Bernie-Dieter falling Little-Death-Club Photo by Brent Leideritz

Bernie Dieter, mistress of ceremonies, fizzes with saucy charm – and her original songs are knockout salacious kabarett. From her unnerving but hilarious audience interaction (avoid aisle seats if you’re shy) to her amazing hymn to feminism and cunnilingus, the power of her performance is her charm and unexpected twists.

Beau-Sargent - Little Death Club - Photo credit: Brent Leideritz
Beau-Sargent – Little Death Club – Photo credit: Brent Leideritz

Circus comes in the form of the lithe and luscious floor contortionist and astounding aerialist Beau Sargeant, and of course the dazzling Fancy Chance’s now trademark hair hang. The acts are slick and visually stunning with some real artistry amongst the thrills.

Fancy Chance from Little Death Club – Photo Credit Mathilda Temperley

Cabaret and burlesque flow throughout the show, with turns from fire queen Kitty Bang Bang (top performer from Circus restaurant) and character comedy a la French mime from Josh Glanc. Our standout performance, though, was from Rotherham’s finest drag sensation, Myra Dubois. The disgust-ridden faces she gives to the audience, and her hilarious rendition of a well known luvvie musical number, should make her the talk of the town.

The band kept proceedings moving with the sleazy rock n roll/oompah vibe, but could perhaps have done with a few covers or well known songs to get us all up on our feet.

The Sunday night crowd was a little lacklustre but the show soon whipped even the most relunctant audience member into a froth. The best advice: ‘Let go and run away with the Little Death Club my dear’.

Rupert Dannreuther

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.