It’s a cow. It’s purple. It’s upside-down. The Udderbelly in London Southbank is an unusual venue. Sponsored by E4, it could easily become a bit like a live T4 venue, and that doesn’t sound very good at all. But, the events at the pop-up venue are actually really interesting. Sure, they’re a bit more commercial than the rest of Southbank, but the acts they’ve roped in are good, and it’s not overpriced. Convinced yet? Then here’s my pick of the events this year:
Burns is one of my favourite comedians, and having seen him at little tiny comedy events, it’s great to see him doing larger venues. He’s worth going to see, and his dry Aussie wit makes for a cracking performance. The tickets are only £13. If you don’t manage to nab tickets to see him, the Best of The Comedy Store is well worth a gander too.
The Improvised Musical
If improvised comedy is done well, it’s fantastic (as the Comedy Store Players prove). But to do a musical, with no script is an entirely different ball game. I think this will be a really exciting show, even if you’re not a fan of sing song shows. Tickets are £15.
Time Out Live: Alternative Eurvision
Not on the same day as Eurovision which is strange (instead on the 25th May), but there’s some great cabaret acts in this show. Johnny Woo, Bourgeois & Maurice and Dusty Limits all appear in a show that might be even camper than the TV event itself.
The Freestyle Project
Beatboxing is very cool. I don’t even know where you’d begin, but everytime I’ve sent it, I’ve been blown away (except when people try it after three pints – I love my friends but they are not Beardyman). But Beardyman is part of this show, and there’s a whole host of freestyle vocalists to blow your mind.
Controlled Falling Project
Controlled falling sounds fun. Much more graceful than tripping over my shoelaces. This circus project form Australia looks set to wow with funk tricks, acrobatics and all sorts of exciting performance. There’s music, energy and some really impressive stunts in this show. It looks fab.
There’s so many other great events being shown, but these are the ones I’m most excited by. Check the programme, and get your tickets for your favourite. The Udderbelly isn’t around for long, so make the most of it.
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Photo of the Udderbelly at Soutbank Centre, London, by lizsmith.