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Boris & Sergey’s Vaudevillian Adventure (Flabbergast Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2013

Bunraku puppetry involves three people manipulating the limbs, head and torso of a puppet. Flabbergast Theatre demonstrate mastery of the art form in this show, which contains sequences of mesmerising complexity and mind-boggling hilarity. The coordination and choreography involved is comparable to complex physical theatre, and the incredibly perceptive movements truly breathe life into the characters. Yet all this art and talent is wrapped in the narrative casing of two filthy mouthed, devilishly mischievous ruffians: Boris and Sergey. It’s as funny as it is awe-inspiring, with a wicked sense of humour somewhere between ‘Looney Tunes’ and ‘Family Guy’. If you’re looking for a wildcard, ‘Boris & Sergey’ are the safest bet you can make this year.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug (not 13), 10.00pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andrew Pollard]