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Clown Macbeth (Ryukyu Cirque)

By | Published on Tuesday 11 August 2015


Don’t let the title fool you; this is not funny, and you can hardly make out the Shakespearean tragedy. Mime should allow you to picture the story performers tell and envision the world inhabited: this piece did neither. Performers work with neutral faces, physically telling the story, relying heavily on recorded sound to set the scene, but overall the intentions were unclear. Though both performers obviously have skill in movement, this piece was uncomfortable and did not engage me. Importantly, this show’s rating is PG, which I find ill advised: young audience members were audibly scared and left. A clown blankly staring, miming to ominous music and enraged laughter, is something that I found unnerving, let alone a child.

C, until 31 Aug.
tw rating 1/5 | [Stephanie Withers]