Review: Strut and Fret, Cantina, Speigeltent

For a show that mixes the macabre with the masochistic, and the porcelain whiteness of elastic limbs with the stiletto, there are few challengers – if any – to the amazing Strut and Fret production Cantina.

Set in the atmospheric Spiegeltent in Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, Cantina mixes passion and violence with stunning feats of strength and stamina.

It is a show where you will see mock fights and acrobatics, powerlifting of the fellow human being and a double-jointed contortionist who will simply take your breath away with her poise, balance and courage.

With a backdrop of haunting melodies, cheeky ukulele and occasional male nudity, this is a masterpiece of theatrical art.

There are moments to make the audience wince – the enforced pain of the near naked torso of a male character being literally walked all over by his female counterpart in sharp-heeled stilletos, for example, or standing barefoot on a tray of broken glass while supporting the weight of another character.


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But there are also the moments too where the audience will gasp in amazement.

It is also, possibly, the only time that you will ever see someone walk a tightrope in stiletto heeled shoes.

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A fabulous curtain-raiser to the festival, no wonder this is one of the hottest festival tickets in town.

• NNF11 runs from May 6 to 21. You can book online at www.nnfestvial.org.uk/nnf11, by phone on 01603 766400 or at the Norwich Theatre Royal box office

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