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ALL WEAR BOWLERS Slapstick, absurdism, clowning 0000

For those Fringe binge fans experiencing a wearying dip now that we’re about halfway through the proceedings, here’s a rather reviving special show to tickle the theatrical taste buds. This is a piece in which performers and spectators share a series of moments. And these moments on a Beckett-inspired level are seemingly pointless merely part of an undefined journey. But you don’t really stop to question the meaningless of it all because the two performers, the bowler hat-wearing buffoons resembling Laurel and Hardy, exploit the minutiae of every absurd action, creating a show that’s simplistically hilarious while at the same time packed with visual imagery and existentialist reflection.

Bursting through the silver screen, a couple of lost clowns Earnest (Geoff Sobelle), and Wyatt (Trey Lyford), become stranded from their film ‘selves’ and end up in limbo, with us, the spectators. And with nowhere to go, they entertain and interact with the audience through surreal slapstick, vaudevillian magic tricks and ventriloquism.

On many levels, much of the appeal of this piece will come down to sense of humour; like a silent movie it relies predominantly on the physicality of its performers and there is minimal use of text. But when it

Physical theatre tackles impending parenthood 0000

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(:rying roooivor which roguiros; him to '(;ut tho (:hord'. This; is; s;uporb|y porformod by a charismatic cast. and tho imagos; aro always; strong and a(:(:os;s;iblo; you rooogniso that indos;(:ribablo sonso of tho unknown on a vory Vis;(:oral. alinosst comforting Iovol. and thoro aro s;omo warmly funny momonts too. ilvliohollo Macintyro)

I Aurora Nova «'8! Stop/ions. 558 (38:33. uritr/ 25) Aug (not M. 21. 28/. noon. $12.50 (5‘9).

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is used sparingly and with vocal dynamism it enhances the characterisation with ridiculously amusing results. Directed with meticulous attention to detail by Aleksandra Wolksa with clown direction by David Shiner, creators as well as performers, Sobelle and Lyford have shaped two engaging and endearing personalities (one anxious, one bold) that with polished perfection and deliciously daring comic timing create beautifully funny images.

From the astonishing accuracy and apparent effortlessness in stepping, leaping and creeping into the shoes of their filmed selves on a large projection screen, to creating an invisible, Rene Magritte-inspired man, to an endless manifestation of eggs from pockets, pants and mouths, the skill is very precisely clumsy and clever.

Interacting with the audience is always a risky business but here it works to create an intimate experience. Identities are switched, questioning who is watching whom and we leave wondering whether they’ve had as much fun watching us and our reactions as we’ve had watching them. Although not cutting edge experimentalism in its form or content, this is a superbly entertaining comedy, well worth the exerted effort it may well take to get hold of a ticket.

(Michelle Macintyre) I Aurora Novamt St Stop/ions; {>58 (i’éi’SIJ. Uritr/ 25) Aug rnot lo. :23). (5pm. 5‘12.5()(5‘9i.