Last week I was invited by the Chamäleon Theatre on a press trip to the German capital of Berlin. As you can imagine, when I received the email I was very excited! I’d been to Germany twice before in 2016 and I had visited Dusseldorf and Cologne both times, so I was keen to explore a different German city. The purpose of the visit was to see the new show, Scotch & Soda which had just opened at the Chamäleon the week before we went over. Described as “a whisky-soaked evening of raucous circus, dance and music”, Scotch & Soda is like nothing else I have ever seen at the theatre before.
Based in Berlin’s Mitte district, the Chamäleon Theatre has been open since 2004 and is set out in a caberet style where you sit around tables in front of the stage and you can have drinks and snacks bought over to you while you enjoy the atmosphere and of course the extraordinary performance.
The CHAMÄLEON stands for contemporary circus like no other venue in Germany. This is an exciting new art form that deliberately blurs the boundaries between different genres, such as acrobatics, dance, music and theatre, in order to create something thrilling and cutting-edge.
One of the first things that I noticed was that the whole place had such a wonderful atmosphere, every table had flickering candles on them and when we arrived all of the seats were filled and people were chattering away and enjoying their drinks whilst waiting for the red curtains to open revealing the stage.
Scotch & Soda combines modern jazz with all of the thrills of the circus. When I first heard about this, I wasn’t sure if it was something that I would enjoy, it’s certainly not the sort of show that I would have booked tickets for myself. I’ve been to circuses before in the past and while I have enjoyed them, the whole clowns and people acting stupid isn’t really what I find funny. Luckily, this show was nothing like that.
When we arrived at the theatre, we were greeted by Dagmar and Hendrick who had organised the whole trip and they told us a bit more about the show that we were about to see. After a very early start and a wander around the city, I was pleased to sink into the lush balcony seats with a glass of bubbly and some nibbles that they had specially prepared for us and get ready for the show to start.
The cast consisted of five jazz musicians and five acrobats from the Australian circus company Company 2, all of which were amazingly talented and had me transfixed for the whole show. I was so amazed at the acrobatics that they were performing on the stage and have no idea how they did some of the tricks, it’s like they were defying gravity at times and I would love to be able to balance on bottles myself.
The whole show lasted two hours with a fifteen minute interval in between but it seemed to fly by as I was enjoying it so much. Scotch & Soda really is such a fun and thrilling show and I think it would be great for all of the family to enjoy. There is some partial nudity in a couple of scenes, but it’s only a bum and we all have one of those so it would be fine for children unless you’re a prude.
As we were there as guests of the Chamäleon Theatre, we were allowed to take photos. With us being on the balcony, we got a great view of the whole performance which obviously made for some great photos. I tried not to take too many as I didn’t want to watch the show through the lens of my camera but I managed to capture a few of the great stunts and I’m looking forward to seeing the photos that the other bloggers got. No doubt they will be a lot better than mine as I’m still not completely confident with taking photos in a low light setting.
Overall, it was such a brilliant show and I highly recommend you get tickets if you’re ever in Berlin. Scotch & Soda is running at the Chamäleon Theatre until August 20th 2017 and prices start at €39.