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The Games (Spike Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

A fable of triumph and redemption; we find ourselves cast back to Ancient Greek on the road to the Olympics in this hilarious three-hander from Spike Theatre. This fusion of puppetry, clowning, dance and singing, with its skilfully crafted melting-pot of gags and quips, manages to captivate without ever letting up. Watched over by the Gods, our glorious heroes Stanzas, Darius and Hermaphrodite each compete for fame and glory, satirising epic quest and adventure narratives with a tight and enviable agility. It’s a farce which makes fun of itself; and, in an age of forgettable comedy showcases and over-produced national theatre, it’s a refreshing and masterful piece of original storytelling. Definitely worthy of a gold medal.

Zoo Roxy, 5 – 29 Aug (not 16, 23), 12.30pm (1.40pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp265.
tw rating 5/5