Welcome to AirCraft Circus’ Woolwich circus of pain

PUBLISHED: 17:46 10 November 2010

Madame Pain's Circus Boudoir

Madame Pain's Circus Boudoir

Ryan Hayes 2010

Make sure you catch this bizarre and beautiful aerial show

A spectacular show of freaks, flesh and trapeze opens at an unassuming Woolwich warehouse this month.

The unusual Madame Pain’s Boudoir Circus will see the fire-breathing, transvestite sideshow artist Chrisalys lead an array of dancers in telling a Rocky Horror Show style story about a battle with the Grim Reaper.

Director Alex Frith has worked with students and teachers at Aircraft Circus to raise money for the resident Hangar Arts Trust.

“I wouldn’t call it risqué,” he said in reference to the choice in costumes and theme. “It’s not sexual or explicit. It’s not even dangerous really. People going along expecting to go to Torture Garden will be disappointed.”

That said, the Charlton-based director acknowledges his use of a fetish theme in the production, and says one scene will culminate in Madame Pain having her blood taken by a quill cum hypodermic needle.

“We live in a generation of health and safety,” he concluded. “So people love to climb onto the ghost train and meet the unexpected – that’s the driving force behind this.”

The show ran for one weekend in the summer, requiring an impressive stage around which the audience are scattered, watching as ‘fallen angels’ whirl above them in the most stylish air battle south London’s yet to see.

The show is hoped to raise £6,000 for the unsupported Hangar Arts Trust to pay for some much-needed heating.

To get a good idea of the scope of the project, see the hidden part of the show’s website:

● Madame Pain’s Boudoir Circus runs from November 19 – 28 at Aircraft Circus, Harrington Way, Woolwich. For tickets priced from £10, see the website or call 07946 472 329.

Next week in the Bexley Times, check out Martin Sawden’s guide to trapeze with the company.

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