World Premiere: The Raunch

Charlotte Maxwell

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The world premiere of The Raunch will be heading to London’s Southbank Centre this May. Filled with energetic cabaret and Wild West-inspired circus performances, this is definitely a performance not to be missed.

Created by digital circus company Zero Central, the show is set to take London Wonderground by storm. It weaves a combination of modern technology with jawdropping choreography and features a rogues’ gallery of the most wanted badasses this side of Dodge City.

Legendary cabaret performer Empress Stah stars as The Bad Sherriff and performs an impressive aerial act featuring a laser shooting forth from where the sun don’t shine to the strains of Light in Places – a song especially composed for the act by Peaches.

But of course, no true Wild West show can go on without the Magnificent Seven. Stah will be joined by the likes of Alternative Miss World, Fancy Chance as The Condemned; hip-hop dancing twins My Bad Sister as The Bar Room Beauties; international sword-swallowing femme-fatale Jewels Good as The Madame of the Saloon; albino ivory-tinkler Stephen Thompson as the Ghost Rider; daring circus superstar Jo Moss as The Cockfighter; and the indescribably irreverent Mr Teds as The Unwanted.

The Raunch is a next generation circus cabaret extravaganza for the all the senses. A subtle narrative weaves together a series of individual and ensemble acts featuring skills drawn from the worlds of circus, magic, drag, song and dance to create a contemporary Western fable tale.

Zero Central was established by Stah and her husband, Graham ‘Sugarlump’ Power in 2015. The company creates shows and installations that integrate performance with technology in an engaging and attention grabbing manner. Performances are designed using projections, lasers and a dash of imagination. Motion tracking sensors are employed to create real time, interactive and immersive graphics that can be projected onto any object using projection-mapping techniques. Zero Central last appeared at the London Wonderground back in 2015, when they produced Moonshine for Club Spiegel.

Stah, herself, is an internationally renowned aerial circus artist, cabaret performer, director and producer, with an ongoing project to make a performance in outer space. Highlights of her 16-year career include Stargasm / Light in Places, a collaboration between Empress Stah and cult rock star Peaches, that features the world’s first and only laser butt-plug, performed on an aerial hexagon; the innovative Infinite Space, which uses wearable sensors and infrared cameras to create real time, interactive motion graphics that are projected over and behind circus performances and her solo show.

Empress Stah has graced stages worldwide, with performance destinations including London, New York, Tokyo, Moscow, Rio, Montreal and Chicago. She has also shared the stage with with the likes of Cirque Du Soleil and Dita Von Teese.

Catch The Raunch 5 May – 12 June at London Wonderground, Southbank Centre.

Tuesday to Saturday 19.45pm Sunday 19.30pm Saturday Matinees 17.15pm £10.00 – £30.00

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