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Squidboy (Theatre Beating)

By | Published on Tuesday 20 August 2013

This experimental one man show feels something like an enactment of a dream. Trygve Wakenshaw plays a camp squid who inexplicably eats a packet of crisps and washes a cow. He has gangly, nimble limbs and adeptly mimics squid movements. His face contorts vividly as he flirts with audience members who laugh at his nonsense. “Oh, this is funny?” he seems to say. “This isn’t normal?” The show mixes the whimsical feasibility of dreams with the disoriented confusion upon waking from them. Many people laughed, and often very loudly. I found it hard to be engaged the whole way through. The barrage of non-sequiturs was alienating, and I laboured to follow this strange mind’s train of thought. But if you like stylised absurdist comedy, you may be delighted.

Assembly Roxy, until 26 Aug, 9.30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Kyung Oh]