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The Boy With Tape On His Face (Lee Martin For Gag Reflex Management)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2011

Ironically, the word-of-mouth sensation of last year’s Fringe was a stand-up comedy show in which not a single sentence was uttered. Nominated for the 2010 Best Newcomer Award, ‘The Boy With Tape On His Face’ has returned to the great relief of everyone who missed the opportunity twelve months ago. This is sublimely ridiculous entertainment, depending as much on uninhibited audience participation as the meticulously choreographed gestures of the remarkably expressive eponymous character, but divulging further details about this continually surprising hour would tarnish audiences’ amusement – silence is golden, after all. Not even gaffer tape could mask the brilliance of this joyous performance, in which The Boy’s ab-duct-ees are never humiliated maliciously but metaphorically raised aloft as champions.

Pleasance Courtyard, 15 – 28 Aug, 9.10pm (10.10pm), £9.50 – £12.50, fpp51.
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