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Give The Fig A Role (Queen Mary Theatre Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

The synopsis for this show has nothing to do with the plot, at least as far as I could tell. More of an outrageous performance art piece, this is a refreshing dose of surrealism. Like ‘The Mighty Boosh’ with fewer coherencies, chaotic and dysfunctional scenes of mundane life reflect something more existential – a nihilistic ridiculousness. Aside from attempting to understand it, the visuals were wonderfully intriguing, with performers constantly switching colourful trousers and wigs. Brilliantly timed, synchronised dance routines were a highlight – I ended up finding an abundant supply on their YouTube – with clear inspiration from French yé-yé. Some moments retain an air of unpolished student drama but there’s a marvellous genius behind this.

theSpace @ Venue45, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 Aug, 8.35pm (9.20pm), £4.00 -£5.00, fpp266.
tw rating 4/5