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Samurai Grandma (ITO GUMI)

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2011

This is a truly bizarre hour’s entertainment as Shoko Ito performs her “solo super action comedy”. It tells the tale of Samurai Grandma, who only gains her powers upon the death of her husband, and her battles against the evil Kitchen Penguin and his army of talking knives and vegetables. It’s performed almost entirely in Japanese with English supertitles which adds to the eccentric nature of the whole thing. At times it’s very funny, particularly when Shoko drags embarrassed audience members up on stage to take part in a dance battle, but unfortunately a lot of the time it’s just plain weird. Shoko’s enthusiasm is infectious though, and it’s very difficult not to like her. Plus, it’s certainly something different!

Just The Tonic at The Caves, 4 – 28 Aug (not 17), 3.15pm (4.15pm), £6.00 – £8.00, fpp146.
tw rating 3/5