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Bruce (Underbelly and The Last Great Hunt)

By | Published on Sunday 27 August 2017

It’s possible to pinpoint the exact moment in ‘Bruce’ where the narrative throws out such a twist that the show transforms from an entertaining romp into an incredible epic of a tale. It’s a plot game-changer, like those in the blockbusters that ‘Bruce’ pastiches so perfectly. All this, with a sponge. Tim Watts and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd create a fully-realised array of characters, using puppetry with an impressively emotive edge. Flashbacks, montages and feats of coincidence follow the mould of so many biography flicks, but rendered through what is essentially a crude Muppet, this show’s all the more entertaining. There’s such a mastery of technical touches, mime and humour here – a lot of love is put into ‘Bruce’, and is poured out again from sponge lips.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Jones]