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Kraken (Underbelly Productions)

By | Published on Friday 15 August 2014

Mutating his lithe, expressive gestures from one thing into another in a physical stream of consciousness, Trygve Wakenshaw has created a bizarre and absurdist hour of adult mime. His gurning face, his bleats and squeals and, once or twice, actual words accompany the precise movements of his body as he mimics, among many other things, a juggler, a dinosaur, a knife thrower and a baby bird. The narrative progresses with unfathomable logic. Very occasionally he is too repetitive, but more often he is brilliantly funny and fearless. Unexpected twists and twisted turns towards grotesquery or filth make Wakenshaw very much a clown for grown-ups. But, despite the puerility, ‘Kraken’ oozes intelligence and flaunts a mastery of form.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Tim Bano]