THEATRE
TIMBER!
Southbank Centre | By Alex Dymoke
Three Stars
CIRQUE Alfonse isn’t afraid to eschew the conventions of family entertainment. Its new show Timber! features Michael Jackson-style baby dangling, worryingly inept axe juggling and lots and lots of drinking. The bottles may not contain real booze, but the show is as much a celebration of alcohol as it is of logging. A few faltering English passages hint that the acrobatic vignettes are linked by some overarching narrative, but unless you have perfect French, it will be lost on you. No matter; it’s boisterous, chaotic fun that works perfectly well as a mad variety performance. A winningly idiosyncratic family treat.