ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Free Run (Underbelly Productions and South Bank Centre)

By | Published on Thursday 25 August 2011

Taking an activity which grew spontaneously in open urban space and bringing it indoors, professional runners 3Run put on an enjoyable show despite the loss of some of the freedom and shin-shattering peril of jumping off high walls in a city centre. Leaping and clambering all around the audience, the athletic performers showcase their skills in solo stunts and ensemble routines of gymnastics and martial arts. Flashy, flickering video projections and a token plot involving some robot ninjas serve to change the pace, delighting younger elements of the ‘all ages’ audience but merely seeming distracting to the rest of us. It’s unnecessary, too, because despite the restrictions of the space, their sheer joyful physicality is impressive in itself.

Udderbelly’s Pasture, 3 – 29 Aug (not 16, 22), 6.20pm (7.20pm), £10.50 – £17.00, fpp264.
tw rating 3/5