REVIEW – Capoeira Knights, The Boys from Brazil


After last year’s sell-out run, The Boys are back in town and are once more packing them in at St George’s West, with a repeat performance of their Capoeira Knights music and dance spectacular.

The 70-minute show tells the story of Capoeira itself, from its roots in slavery to its modern day incarnation as a martial art practiced on the streets of Brazil. Pumping samba and rumba music fills the almost-bursting church as the boys dazzle with their expert moves and acrobatics, with the biggest applause going to their standout routines in which they leap, flip, kick and spin in a stunning display of physical prowess.

This year, they certainly know their audience and the venue is packed with young eager females appreciating the boys’ sweaty bodies and toned six-packs. Indeed, as they return for an encore bare-chested and wearing kilts (sorry ladies, they’re not true Scotsmen…) it is almost as if you are seeing the Brazilian Chippendales before you, and the high-pitched screams from the female contingent almost drown out the samba drums pounding in the background.

All great fun though, and it doesn’t detract from a show that is uplifting, cracking to watch and listen to and probably one of the best nights out at the Fringe.

Capoeira Knights: The Boys from Brazil runs until Aug 31st at St George’s West. £15 (£12 concession, £5 child)

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