Marketed as an ‘urban circus’ 360 Allstars has played to huge acclaim across the globe; from the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe to the Sydney Opera House, this unique display of street skills finally makes its London premiere at the brand-new London Wonderground from Underbelly, at Earl’s Court.
As the name would suggest, the group of men who make up the cast of 360 Allstars are stars in their own right; a two-time world champion BMX Flatlander and two champion breakdancers are just some of the acts that replace what you might expect to see in a traditional circus.
The hour-long show opens with a banging beat, that you soon realise is created live on stage from award-winning percussionist, Mikey Sorbello and UK champion beatboxer Ball-Zee. First to take to the stage is BMX rider Peter Sore who dances on the wheels of his spinning bike.
Bboy Chris and Bboy Daz breakdance in the style of a retro video game, before basketball freestyler, Trickstar, gives an impressive display which involves juggling and spinning multiple basketballs.
Ball-Zee enjoys a solo spot in the limelight with a hugely impressive beatbox routine, before Josh Curtis gives a stunning performance with the Cyr Wheel. All of the artists support each other and there are some moments between the acts where you can see the genuine love and respect they have for each other.
360 Allstars is undoubtedly a family friendly show, and while it will appeal to all ages, it’s frenetic and daring stunts will speak volumes to younger audience members. Adults may find some of the stunts less enthralling, but will be in no doubt of the skill required to pull them off.
While the show feels a little rough around the edges, that does spark a certain charm. This is a show that was born on the streets and it carries its roots wholeheartedly in to the Big Top. The running time feels just about right, and as the show progresses it becomes clear that our performers are ideal role models for the younger audience members.
360 Allstars is certainly entertaining, and the opening night audience, perhaps jaded from lockdown, were certainly appreciative of the show. The focus on more modern circus acts gives audiences something new and interesting to watch and opens our eyes to the skills and talents of this all-star group.
360 Allstars is at London Wonderground until 15th August 2021. Tickets are on sale here.