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Good Grief (Ugly Bucket And Untapped Award Winner 2022)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2022

This isn’t quite what the poster promises – sophisticated Pierrot-like clowning, in sombre blue tones – it’s mostly a colourful comedy clowning show portraying many daft deaths. The space itself doesn’t seem large enough to showcase the cast of five’s undoubted acrobatic talent, and sightlines are limited from many seats. As a tribute, it’s not disrespectful – the dark humour can prove cathartic – I’m just not convinced the oral testaments of the dying, grieving and carers are always augmented by these often very literally-interpreted sketches. Furthermore, the format doesn’t let all the performers develop their own clown personas equally. Young, energetic and slick, if that’s your kind of show, you’ll enjoy it, but it won’t cure anyone else’s coulrophobia.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Richard Tyrone Jones]